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Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that money issues were one of the reasons behind him leaving the Lotus team.
The 2007 world champion has signed a two-year contract with Ferrari, starting next season.
It has been revealed that Lotus were unable to pay the Finn’s wage salary and were months behind in payments.
Kimi confirmed this at the driver’s press conference ahead of this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.
“I like to race, that’s the only reason I am here. But the reason I have left the team is purely from the money side. I haven’t got my salary.”
As for next season, Raikkonen believes that there will be no issues between himself and Fernando Alonso.
Many believe that the two top drivers will clash over their positions within the team, both on and off the track.
However, Raikkonen insisted:
“I don’t see the reason why it wouldn’t work. We are old enough to know what we are doing and the team is working for the right things to make sure,”
I do hope that Raikkonen is correct, purely because if they don’t get on, it will give Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel another advantage over the rest of the field.
It might sound like I am anti Red Bull but at the end of the day I just want F1 to be competitive, without one man running away with it.
Keep checking my blog over the weekend for all the latest from the Singapore Grand Prix.