Kimii Raikkonen will battle team-mate Romain Grosjean even if it against the wishes of the Lotus team, according to his manager Steve Roberston.
That statement comes after further evidence in India the Finn’s relationship with Lotus has hit rock bottom.
“I’ve never heard of a driver being spoken to like that,” Robertson told Turun Sanomat newspaper.
The Briton is referring to the incredible altercation Lotus’ chief engineer Alan Permane and Raikkonen in the closing laps of the India race on Sunday.
Falling back through the field on his heavily degraded tyres Raikkonen battled with Grosjean, forcing the Frenchman off the track at one point, much to the annoyance of Permane who told Kimi to “get out the f***ing way”
That sparked death threats against Permane and his family from angry fans of the 2007 champion and Lotus boss Eric Boullier has since apologised, however former double world champion Mika Hakkinen is not impressed.
“In the teams that I drove, radio messages were never delivered with profanity. he told Finland’s Ilta Sanomat.
Hakkinen added that Permane’s message was neither “smart” nor “correct”.
Former Ferrari driver Mika Salo agreed saying it was up to F1 team members to stay calm.
“Raikkonen’s departure is a big blow to the team both in terms of marketing and the results,” he told MTV3 broadcaster.
“You can see they are now trying to make Grosjean into a winner, so that they can still explain to sponsors and investors that they have a good guy in the garage,” added Salo.
The whole saga shows how low the relationship between Raikkonen and Lotus has become as the Finn prepares to move to Ferrari for 2014 claiming the only reason he was leaving was because he hadn’t been paid on time.
As for events on track Robertson he claims Raikkonen has no intentions on yielding any positions to Grosjean in the final three races.
“Kimi will always try to fight whenever it is possible,” he said. “Of course, Kimi also knows how to fight for the team, so that if his teammate is fighting for the championship, for example, he wouldn’t get in the way.
“But Grosjean is not fighting for the championship, so in that way he is just like any other driver on the track,” Robertson insisted.
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