Raikkonen still owed money by Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen with Gerard Lopez during happier times

Kimi Raikkonen with Gerard Lopez during happier times

It has emerged that Kimi Raikkonen has still not received all of the money  owed to him by Lotus, despite promises that the matter would be resolved promptly by the team’s owners.

Towards the end of the season, and just before he set off for back surgery which meant that he missed the last two races of 2013, the Finn revealed that he had not been paid “one euro” by the Enstone based team this year.

Raikkonen said he almost called a halt to his Lotus career before the race in Abu Dhabi, saying at the time: “I came here only because hopefully we found an understanding on the certain issues we have been having.”

But then he missed Austin and Brazil, ostensibly only because of his back surgery.

Team owner Gerard Lopez, whose Lotus outfit has been waiting for a crucial buy-in deal by the investment group Quantum, has now revealed that Raikkonen is in fact still owed some money.

Asked if Lotus has paid the Ferrari-bound Finn in full, he is quoted by Finland’s MTV3: “Not entirely. Some of it, yes, we reached an agreement on the payment in Abu Dhabi.”

It has been reported that Lotus remains deeply in debt, with some employees and suppliers going unpaid.

Lopez acknowledged: “There have been delays. But the amounts that I have heard [in the media] are completely ridiculous.

“I will not go into detail, other than to say that the amounts we owe are not big. We will pay, just as we always have done,” he added. (GMM)

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  • StevetheGreat

    Too bad. It would have been nice to see him smoke Webber.

  • StevetheGreat

    Wth? Why the feck did that comment appear here? It’s obviously for the McNish story. Well at least the links are as accurate as the “journalism” lol.

    As for “Loltus”, welcome to the backfield! I’m really looking forward to Force India kicking you down the field and seeing that livery and name removed from the grid asap.

    Poor Kimi tho… Now he’ll have to wait a couple extra weeks to get that solid gold yacht he’s been looking to buy, lol.

  • Justin S.

    Maldonado can solve that problem..

  • pengmalups

    ^ Hahahahahahahaha!

  • O’Ferrari

    X2

  • Junior Johnson

    X3

  • DRK

    x4

  • Brian

    x5

  • Tom Riddle

    I’d like to see Renault take the team back as a factory team again.

  • O’Ferrari

    Yesssssssss, Tom Riddle. Then Harry Potter will meet his doom.

    §§§§

  • Zombie Jebus Will Eat Your Brain and Take Your Knowledge

    “As for “Loltus”, welcome to the backfield! I’m really looking forward to Force India kicking you down the field and seeing that livery and name removed from the grid asap.”

    lololololololololoololol