Räikkönen: Lotus exit due to money
19 September 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen says the reasons behind his impending Lotus departure are purely financial, revealing that he has not received his salary from the outfit.
Following weeks of relentless speculation, it was confirmed last Wednesday that Räikkönen is to make a return to former employers Ferrari next season, teaming up with fellow World Champion Fernando Alonso on an initial two-year agreement.
And with the Finn previously outlining certain assurances if he was to remain with Lotus in 2014, he has now made clear that monetary obligations have not been met.
"I like to race, that's the only reason I'm here," Räikkönen explained during Thursday evening's press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. "The reasons I left the team are purely on the money side. I haven't had my salary – it's unfortunate."
Moving on to discuss his return to Ferrari, with whom he raced from 2007-2009, Räikkönen stated that he does not foresee any tension with new team-mate Alonso.
"I don't see why it wouldn't work," the 33-year-old commented. "We are old enough to know what we are doing. If there is something I'm sure we can talk it through. It's not like we're 20-year-old guys. I might be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it will be fine."