Kimi Raikkonen: “You have to put the line somewhere…”

Kimi Raikkonen said today he only came to the Abu Dhabi GP because he believes that he’s come to an “understanding” with the Lotus team on his unpaid salary – but the Finn also made it clear that he could yet not complete the season.

Not for the first time Raikkonen failed to show up at the track on Thursday, leaving his arrival until the last minute amid speculation that he would boycott the race. Raikkonen endured a similar saga last year, but was eventually paid.

“I came here only because hopefully we found an understanding on certain issues we’ve been having,” the Finn explained. “Hopefully it’s been fixed and we can finish the season as well as we can.”

Asked whether he would consider not racing if the issues weren’t resolved he said: “Yeah, for sure. I enjoy racing, I enjoy driving. But a big part of it is business, and when that’s not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation. I mean you have to put the line somewhere, and if it goes over that, it’s not really my fault any more.

“Everybody has their own view, their own ideas of everything. Sometimes it’s not very nice when you hear that you are, not really a team player, but you don’t have the interests of the team [at heart], and you’ve been paid zero euros the whole year. It doesn’t put you in the most best place. But that’s how it goes. Hopefully as I said we’ve found an understanding on both sides on how we should deal with the situation right now and fix the issues, and try to finish as well as we can.

“Like I said we all want to enjoy it and do well, and unfortunately a big part of it is business, and sometimes when it’s not fixed it can be painful, but that’s how it is.”

Raikkonen also played down the controversial four letter ‘get out of the way’ instruction he received at the Indian GP.

“It’s a small part of it. Those things shouldn’t happen, but unfortunately it happened. That’s not really the issue. It’s the other stuff, and obviously all the things come together in the end.”

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3 responses to “Kimi Raikkonen: “You have to put the line somewhere…”

  1. Mick

    If he is owed $15million as reported in some stories I’d be tempted to hit them where it hurts. At the last race, take part in qualifying then on race day do the formation lap & pull into the pits & get out of the car. Would be biggest F1 story of the year.

    • bem

      Not a good idea. This would put him at a disadvantage should he need to pursue the team legally, not to mention that it will damage his reputation and the team can sue him back for damaging their reputation on purpose in a very public medium. It’s much better to notify the team as far in advance as possible that he is forced to discontinue his services due to non-payment. As far in advance means the day after a GP not the day before the GP.

  2. Stone the Crows

    Can’t say that I blame him, Kimi is hardly a whiner, and drivers don’t have much leverage once they’re this far on in the season.

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