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2013-12-18 09:47

STILL WAITING ON HIS CASH: Lotus has yet to pay Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen his 2013 salary. Image: AP

LONDON, England - Kimi Raikkonen has still not received all of the money he is owed by Lotus.

Towards the end of the 2013 F1 season, and just before he set off for back surgery, Raikkonen revealed he has not been paid "one euro" by Lotus in 2013.

EMPTY PROMISES

Raikkonen said he almost called a halt to his Lotus career before the 2013 Abu Dhabi GP, saying at the time: "I came here only because hopefully we found an understanding on the certain issues we have been having."

He missed races in Austin and Brazil due to his back surgery.

Team owner Gerard Lopez, whose Lotus outfit has been waiting for a crucial buy-in deal by the investment group Quantum, has now revealed that Raikkonen is in fact still owed some money.

Asked if Lotus has paid the Ferrari-bound driver, he said: "Not entirely. Some of it, yes, we reached an agreement on the payment in Abu Dhabi."

It has been reported that Lotus remains deeply in debt, with some employees and suppliers going unpaid.

Lopez acknowledged: "There have been delays. But the amounts that I have heard (in the media) are completely ridiculous.

"I will not go into detail, other than to say that the amounts we owe are not big. We will pay, just as we always have done."
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