In retrospect maybe Raikkonen should have skipped Abu Dhabi…

Kimi Raikkonen retired on the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi GP

Kimi Raikkonen retired on the opening lap of the Abu Dhabi GP

Kimi Raikkonen’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix lasted only seconds on Sunday with last year’s race winner parking his Lotus and retiring after a first corner collision.

A weekend that started badly for the Finn, relegated to the back of the grid after his car failed a post-qualifying inspection on Saturday, ended lamely with a broken front suspension arm after a collision with a Caterham.

The retirement was a major blow for Lotus, fighting for second place in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship with Mercedes and Ferrari.

Red Bull and Germany’s Sebastian Vettel have already won both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles for the fourth year in a row.

Kimi Raikkonen in the Yas Marina paddock

Kimi Raikkonen in the Yas Marina paddock

The 2007 World Champion Raikkonen, who is joining Ferrari next season as team mate to double Champion Fernando Alonso, was already a major talking point at the Yas Marina circuit before he turned a wheel on the track.

Raikkonen failed to turn up for scheduled media duties on Thursday and told reporters when he did appear on Friday that he had “not been paid a single euro by Lotus” and had considered staying at home.

He also cast doubt on whether he would turn up for the remaining two rounds in Austin, Texas, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Reuters)

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  • Ukwhite

    Kimi fan… but he screwed up with Caterham. Better participate till the end, otherwise wrong signal to Ferrari.

  • hillside

    under certain cicumstances and to avoid any sanctions and complications. Kimi just decided to hit bars early which sits very well with Lotus.

  • Spartacus

    Dumb move by Kimi. Must be all the Ferrari cash weighing on his mind

  • Bob Wheeler

    It would weigh on my mind if I wasn’t being paid by Lotus. Colin Chapman is rolling in his grave!

  • Mercedes supporter forever

    @Ukwhite

    What do you mean otherwise wrong move, Ferrari? He has the right not to race if he wants to, because he isn’t getting paid…

  • the fan

    ukwhite…

    if you are kimi, would you race even if you’re not getting paid?

  • Ukwhite

    In fact, no… He should have done something before. When you yield too much people take advantage. Leaving now, it is a bit late, I think.

  • matthew

    He did it on purpose, but lotus needs to get their crap together!