Raikkonen departure could make Lotus less attractive to sponsors

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen’s departure is a big loss for Lotus, and could potentially cause the loss of sponsors both current and future, according to former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo referring to fellow Finn Raikkonen’s decision to switch to Ferrari next year, apparently for monetary reasons.

“Kimi’s move is a terrible loss for Lotus,” Salo told the MTV3 broadcaster. “His market value is much higher than Grosjean’s, so [Lotus] will probably have some explaining to do to the sponsors.”

On the other hand, there have been rumours Raikkonen’s Lotus exit could also spell trouble for Ferrari.

Salo, however, said he spoke with a high-ranking Ferrari official in Singapore and asked him about those rumours.

“I asked quite directly if Alonso is going to leave, and he said [that] he is not,” said the 46-year-old, who in 1999 filled in at Ferrari for an injured Michael Schumacher. (GMM.)

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