In retrospect maybe Raikkonen should have skipped Abu Dhabi… 3 November, 2013 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 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) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus set to confirm team saving Quantum deal this weekLotus: It’s been a difficult weekend for the teamEcclestone: I feel sorry for Raikkonen, he signed a contract and they need to pay himRaikkonen disqualified and sent to back of Abu Dhabi grid after qualifyingLotus: Our target on pace alone is to race and beat MercedesRaikkonen: I nearly didn’t come to Abu Dhabi because I’ve been paid zero euro the whole yearLotus: Long-run pace looks very encouraging on both compoundsLotus insist that tensions with prodigal son Raikkonen are exaggeratedRaikkonen turns up in Abu Dhabi for practiceRaikkonen no show for media appointments in Abu Dhabi fuels speculation 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!