Kimi Raikkonen has claimed that he might have to boycott the final few races of the season over further unsettlement regarding Lotus's financial dispute with their number one driver.
Kimi Raikkonen has said he has "not been paid a single euro all year" by the Lotus team.
Raikkonen added, "I enjoy driving but a big part of it is business. If it's not dealt with as it should be, we end up in an unfortunate situation."
The financial dispute over Lotus's salaries date back to the start of the season, but have grown increasingly over the course of the year as Raikkonen decided to speak out to the public about the current situation at his team. He suggests this weekend that there has been no significant improvement.
The Finn's decision to race in this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was made right up until the last minute, and still he had concerns whether he wanted to race on Sunday or not. Before deciding to race in Sunday's Grand Prix, he warned Lotus that he might not participate.
Raikkonen summed up the situation to the press on the Yas Marina circuit earlier by saying “It’s an unfortunate thing because I understand the team’s side of it."
“But sometimes when you been put in a position and told different stories and people thinks that you don’t work for the team or you don’t care what happens to them it’s not exactly true if I’m doing it without being really being paid.”, added Raikkonen.
Kimi Raikkonen did not show up to Thursday's media press conference and has assured that recent radio rows with his team, including heated discussion in last weekend's Indian Grand Prix, have not added to the Finn's decision to boycott.
When talking about the recent team radio rows, Raikkonen said, “In the end it has happened and it doesn’t change anything any more. But I mean that’s not the reason why I wasn’t here yesterday, it’s part of it but I wouldn’t say that this is a big part of it.”
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