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Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Departing Valsecchi not paid by Lotus in 2013

As fears about Lotus' health grow, 2013 reserve driver Davide Valsecchi has revealed he has not yet been paid by the Enstone based team. As reigning GP2 champion, 26-year-old Italian Valsecchi served last year as Lotus' reserve driver, but he admitted last week he is now likely to exit. "After a 2013 season in which I travelled a lot but did not get on the track, I want to go back to wearing overalls and a helmet," he had said. When Lotus overlooked him late […]

Posted on Friday, November 29, 2013

Maldonado joins Grosjean at Lotus

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado has been named as Lotus' driver for the 2014 season alongside France's Romain Grosjean, the team officially confirmed on Friday. Maldonado has spent three seasons with Williams, winning the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012, but only notched up one point this season with his 10th place in Hungary. The 28-year-old, supported by state-owned Venezuelan oil and gas giant PDVSA, announced at the start of the month he was quitting the team, leading to talks with Lotus and Sauber. "It is a fantastic […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ferrari blocked Hulkenberg's Lotus move

Ferrari stopped Nico Hulkenberg from joining Lotus for the last two grands prix of 2013. That is the hot rumour in the Austin paddock, as the two teams battle over millions for third place in the constructors' championship. The first rumour was that Ferrari, who have signed Kimi Raikkonen for 2014, may have encouraged the Finn to arrange early back surgery and miss Austin and Brazil. Now, it is being reported that Lotus approached Hulkenberg to replace the Finn, only to find surprisingly that the […]

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013

Raikkonen could skip final races over Lotus issues

Kimi Raikkonen has not ruled out the possibility of skipping the final two races of the season. Raikkonen has not yet received his salary, with the situation exacerbated by a tense radio exchange during the Indian Grand Prix. Raikkonen revealed that he came close to not racing in Abu Dhabi. "I came here only because hopefully we found an understanding on the certain issues we have been having," he said after practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. "Hopefully it will be fixed and we […]

Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lotus owner Lopez slams Raikkonen after salary comments

Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez has slammed Kimi Raikkonen, after the Finn revealed he is only leaving for Ferrari in 2014 because he has not been paid. Raikkonen had shocked reporters with his brutal honesty about his unpaid salary on Thursday, but Lopez told the German newspaper Welt that is not the full story. "He will get his money, as in previous years and as agreed, at the end of the season," Lopez said. "I am very confused about the timing and content of these […]

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Raikkonen: Financial situation triggered Lotus exit

Kimi Raikkonen says that financial issues triggered his departure from Lotus. Raikkonen told reporters in Singapore that he has not received his salary from the team. The 2007 world champion has raced for Lotus since the start of 2012 but will switch to Ferrari for next season. "I like to race, it’s the only reason why I'm here and it doesn’t matter [with] which team," Raikkonen said ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix. "The reasons why I left the team is purely on the money […]

Posted on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Raikkonen left to finish career at Ferrari says Boullier

Kimi Raikkonen may have returned to Ferrari to finish his Formula One career with a final challenge, according to Lotus team boss Eric Boullier. When Wednesday's news broke, Lotus admitted on Twitter that losing the Finn "hurts a little" -- the quote was attached to a bizarre photo of forceful copulation between two rabbits. But team boss Boullier insists the Enstone based team is not "bitter". In fact, the Frenchman said he understands Raikkonen's decision. "You know, we remain a medium-sized team and there are […]

Posted on Monday, September 9, 2013

Renault to woo Alonso to Lotus?

As the Formula One paddock emptied at Monza, one rumour had moved into the realm of fact -- Kimi Raikkonen is returning to Ferrari in 2014. The news was being confidently reported by broadcasters, including Germany's RTL, the major daily Bild, and even perhaps the most respected correspondent in the paddock, Auto Motor und Sport's Michael Schmidt. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo will reportedly inform Felipe Massa that his services are no longer required in a personal meeting at Maranello on Wednesday. It would go […]

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013

Renault factor involved in Raikkonen talks admits Lopez

Gerard Lopez has admitted Renault is involved in Lotus' push to keep Kimi Raikkonen at the team in 2014. It has been rumoured the Finn is pushing hard for a closer collaboration between Enstone based Lotus and Renault, who are reportedly looking for more exposure given world champion team Red Bull's ever-closer ties to Infiniti. Team owner Lopez on Sunday said Lotus has made "progress" regarding the talks with Raikkonen. "We understand what Kimi is waiting for," Lopez said. Asked if he is talking about […]

Posted on Sunday, July 28, 2013

Late Lotus payments 'not ideal' admits Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he is still waiting on some money from Lotus. "There is some problem," the 2007 world champion is quoted by Germany's sport1.de in Hungary. The news could have huge implications for the 2014 'silly season', as Lotus is pushing hard to convince the Finn to stay put rather than move to Red Bull. Team boss Christian Horner, however, said Raikkonen's considerable salary demands would not be a problem at Red Bull. "That (money) isn't really an element in our decision making," […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hamilton catches Alonso as F1's highest earner

Lewis Hamilton has caught up with Fernando Alonso as F1's highest earner. According to Business Book GP 2013, Briton Hamilton now earns an estimated €20 million per season after switching from McLaren to Mercedes over the winter. The publication claims Spaniard Alonso earns the same at Ferrari. Curiously, F1's next highest earner is Jenson Button, with  €16 million, followed by reigning triple world champion and early 2013 title leader Sebastian Vettel (€12m). Also in double-digits are Nico Rosberg (€11m) and Mark Webber (€10m), while Brazilian Felipe […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Webber should accept number 2 status says Wurz

Mark Webber should be able to cope with life as a highly-paid and rated 'number 2'. That is the view of former Williams driver Alex Wurz, who is the latest pundit to comment on the 'Multi-21' affair in the wake of the recent Malaysian grand prix. Some, including 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve, said the affair and Red Bull's reaction shows it is "clear" Sebastian Vettel is the team's number 1. On the issue of Australian Webber settling for the subordinate role, Austrian Wurz said: […]