Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen unhappy with Ferrari return

The Finn is having a difficult end to 2013 (©GettyImages)
The Finn is having a difficult end to 2013 (©GettyImages).

Kimi Raikkonen is already regretting the decision to return to Ferrari for 2014, according to German TV commentator Christian Danner.

The Finn is having a very disenchanting end to the year, following an altercation with Lotus engineer Alan Permane over the radio in India, he then turned up late in Abu Dhabi threatening to boycott the final two races over pay, before being moved to the back of the grid after qualifying and crashing at the first corner in the race.

Soon the Finn was seen heading for the airport in flip-flops clearly unhappy with life in Formula 1.

However, according to RTL’s Danner it isn’t just his issues with Lotus that have the Finn in a bad mood.

“Kimi is annoyed that his manager is sending him back to Ferrari,” Danner told the German newspaper Bild.

“He sees that Alonso at the moment is driving for the ‘golden pineapple’ at best — far away from winning,” he added.

The former racer also believes the typically relaxed Raikkonen is not looking forward to the atmosphere at the Maranello team.

“Lotus gave him all the freedom he wants, and at the moment quite clearly a better car as well,” he said.

“What’s he going to do when Luca di Montezemolo tells him he’s going to too many parties?”

While Danner raises some good points there is a few reasons Raikkonen should be happier about his departure from the Enstone based team, the teams financial problems are well documented as is the money he is it still owed, plus 2014 is set to be a more engine dominated year so the issues Ferrari have had aerodynamically could be put to one side.

Lotus’s deal Quantum Racing was set to be confirmed early this week however here we are on Wednesday still with no word and more worrying for Lotus fans reports are questioning the legitimacy of Quantum’s investment and how their boss Mansoor Ijaz conducts his business.

German media report Ijaz has often been involved with shady deals, while Brazil’s leading F1 correspondent Livio Oricchio reports the American-Pakistani was in court last year over loans he has refused to pay back.

Der Spiegel is reporting the prize money Lotus will earn from the 2013 Constructor’s Championship could be diverted straight to Raikkonen’s bank account, while some are claiming money is the only motivator in the Finn’s move back to Ferrari as he looks to take
advantage of his reputation.

One of F1′s former racers Timo Glock, who was known as a paid driver rather than a ‘pay driver’, is now making waves in the DTM winning the final race at Hockenheim last month, he was asked about Raikkonen’s threat to strike over unpaid wages.

“It shows what really is going on in Formula One,” said the former Toyota and Marussia driver.

“The sport needs to have a real think in order to keep itself alive,” he told German radio Sport1.

“Apart from Ferrari and Mercedes, everyone is having difficulties,” Glock continued. “They need to think about whether it’s right that drivers aren’t being paid.”

Meanwhile despite Danner’s concerns, Ferrari are looking forward to having two former world champions behind the wheels of their cars in 2014.

“Kimi suddenly and unexpectedly became available in the summer,” team boss Stefano Domenicali told Welt newspaper.

“We had to take the opportunity. It was almost not a conscious choice we had to make,” he added.

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