Raikkonen bonus money costs Lotus more than they expected 24 November, 2012 Nov.24 (GMM) Lotus F1 team owner Gerard Lopez has blamed disgruntled potential partners for spreading negative reports about the team’s financial situation, but does admit that Kimi Raikkonen has cost them more than expected due to his sensational comeback season. It had been rumoured that the Enstone based squad, owned by Luxembourg businessman Lopez’s Genii investment company, was having trouble paying Kimi Raikkonen and the team’s 500 staff members. “We pay our bills on time just as well as the other teams,” Lopez is quoted by Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “[The source of the rumours] was probably some people talking who wanted to join us as partners and are angry now because nothing happened,” added Lopez. Lopez admitted that there was some truth to reports about Finn Raikkonen’s unpaid points bonus money. “It’s been resolved,” he said. “We just didn’t expect him to get so many points, so it’s been quite expensive for us. We have agreed to a new payment system. “But at the end it has paid off because we are getting more TV money. Kimi has his money,” Lopez insisted. Lopez also hinted that, despite not yet confirming Romain Grosjean as Raikkonen’s 2013 teammate, the Frenchman will stay. “We have put him under some pressure,” he smiled. “The boy has sensational speed, but since he was punished for his crashes, he still has the handbrake on. I have told him to attack again. “If he can get a better handle on it emotionally, he can achieve anything,” added Lopez. Subbed by AJN. Tweet Related NewsLopez and Briatore play down Alonso reportsSilly Season: Briatore working to take Alonso to LotusLotus: We couldn’t convert the potential into realityGrosjean slams Renault after Singapore qualifyingLotus: Very frustrating qualifyingLotus: We’re much happier with the E22 hereMaldonado: It should be better at Singapore for usGrosjean: We head to Singapore with renewed confidenceLotus: Monza has been a difficult venue for usLotus: The race will be a challenge Not Bernie Lotus wasn’t the only ones surprised by Kimi. I knew he’d be good, but winning a race was beyond expectation. kaka007 you should have expected this from Kimi Mr. Lopez , after all he is the Iceman george Sorry lotus, but if you want a star driver and champion, then you gotta PAY!!!! anti kimi They should fired his ass kimi is useless anyways….. Stoner Who is this troll anti kimi kaka007 @antikimi I didn’t know nelson piquet jr. was following yallaf1 sore a**……………. michaelprescottmacarthur kaka007: too funny. Piquet jr. LOL. go Ice Man. anti kimi Leave me alone I know where im going lol….. stupid kimi. Lotus should really get a good driver for less money cause kimi sucks ass kimi’s who ever is saying kimi does not deserve the money do not forget what ferrari was paying him even alonso does not get paid thay much right now. hi is back and making him team reach beyond expectation so who ever says he is performing go look in the mirrors because u are not that good to say all this about him.