No 2014 talks until Lotus resolves issues - Raikkonen

2,639 views

Kimi Raikkonen: "There's always reasons for things. I don't have to tell."

Aug.24 (GMM) Kimi Raikkonen on Friday said he is unwilling to even talk with Lotus about 2014 until certain issues are cleared up.

As he did little to assuage suspicions he actually wasn't ill on Thursday, the 2007 world champion also hinted Lotus is behind on paying him.

"Yeah, fine," he said when reporters asked if he had returned to health.

"There's always reasons for things. I don't have to tell."

Raikkonen also suggested at Spa-Francorchamps that options to switch to Red Bull or Ferrari next year are still alive.

"They (Lotus) know exactly what they have to do first, and then we are open to talk," he said.

Undoubtedly, the inimitable and unforthcoming Raikkonen was uncomfortable and annoyed as the media spotlight burned brightly.

"Why should I talk yesterday (Thursday) and today say the same thing?" Brazilian correspondent Livio Oricchio quoted the Finn as having said.

Oricchio, writing in O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, said Raikkonen was "clearly annoyed by being in front of the dozens of reporters in the Lotus motor home".

"He started the interview half an hour late and would not speak loud enough so that those more than five feet away could hear a single word," he added.

The most concrete piece of news from the gathering was that, despite his manager Steve Robertson saying talks with Red Bull had collapsed, Raikkonen had a slightly different take.

"I have no answers from them and I am waiting to hear from them personally what they are going to do," he said.

Raikkonen would not be drawn on the rumours also linking him with his former teams Ferrari and McLaren.

Many insiders, however, think Ferrari would be reluctant to pair him with clear number 1 Fernando Alonso next year.

In fact, the Spaniard said 24 hours ago that he would prefer to keep Felipe Massa alongside him, as the Brazilian had beaten Raikkonen in 2008 and 2009.

"It is his opinion," Raikkonen responded, "and everyone has the freedom to say what they want. As I do."

And what about the suggestions Alonso would veto the move altogether?

"You'd have to ask Alonso," Raikkonen answered, "although I don't think that it is his option -- nor mine."

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Article type Breaking news
Tags f1, ferrari, formula one, gmm, lotus, mclaren, no payment, options, raikkonen, red bull, robertson, rumours, spa-francorchamps

User photos

EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

21 photos
SurdinP
F1

SurdinP

1 photos
max
F1

max

29 photos
ADLITIKA
F1

ADLITIKA

213 photos
Kevin_Bennett_Photo
F1

Kevin_Bennett_Photo

139 photos
PiBiPhoto
F1

PiBiPhoto

47 photos
koutnas
F1

koutnas

16 photos
Evan_DeCiren
F1

Evan_DeCiren

24 photos
Upload photo