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SBD Global/September 20, 2013/Franchises
F1 Driver Kimi Räikkönen Says Money Was Reason He Quit Lotus, Joined Ferrari
Published September 20, 2013
MOTIVATING FACTOR: In London, Tom Cary reported Räikkönen described it as "unfortunate" and admitted that the state of affairs was "largely behind his move" to Ferrari. Räikkönen, who had been open in recent weeks about the "assurances" he would have needed to stay at Lotus, admitted that "money was a major motivating factor." Räikkönen: "The reasons why I left from the team are purely on the money side, and the things I haven't got, my salary. That is an unfortunate thing." Lotus' "parlous financial position is symptomatic of a wider issue" in F1, with many of the smaller teams "struggling to keep their heads above water" (TELEGRAPH, 9/19).