Lotus has played down reports that the Enstone based Formula 1 team is struggling to survive financially amid crippling debts, with the latest crisis reportedly involving unpaid staff.
It was already known that the team’s highest-paid member, lead driver Kimi Raikkonen, is waiting on his latest pay instalment.
Reports in the German press also saidthat other unpaid staff members at Enstone are threatening to lay down their tools, while spare parts are running low because suppliers are also waiting for invoices to be paid.
35 per cent of the Genii-owned team was sold recently to a consortium called Infinity Racing, but it subsequently emerged that the deal is still not actually done.
“There may be some delays,” team boss Eric Boullier admitted this week, “but it will be repaired within a few days.
“The package that ensures the future of the company is [being] completed slowly, but we’ll get there,” he told Finnish broadcaster MTV3.
Meanwhile, the Spanish sports newspaper Marca said that Lotus has officially denied that team members have not been paid and are threatening to strike. (GMM)
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