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SBD Global/November 4, 2013/Finance
F1 Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier Says Team's 2014 Financial Footing Key
Published November 4, 2013
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RÄIKKÖNEN REBELS: In London, Kevin Eason reported Räikkönen "flew in at the at the last minute to step into the cockpit of his Lotus and set the fourth fastest time of the day on a circuit where a year ago he gave Lotus the first Grand Prix victory of their modern era." Räikkönen "clearly believes that there has been little thanks from the team in the form of cash and a blazing row with his pitwall last weekend in India simply turned his mood to rebellion." Lotus Chair Gerard Lopez put out a statement on the team website "full of praise for Räikkönen," talking of him as the "prodigal son" who was "leaving for Ferrari." Räikkönen might have "preferred ten pound notes to words as a sign of good faith." Räikkönen: "I came here only because, hopefully, we found an understanding on the certain issues we have been having. Hopefully it will be fixed and we can finish the season as well as we can. I enjoy racing, I enjoy driving but a big part of it is business and sometimes when that is not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation. You have to draw the line somewhere and, if it goes over that, it is not really my fault anymore" (LONDON TIMES, 11/1). Also in London, Byron Young reported F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone has backed Räikkönen's threat to "walk out on Lotus over not being paid." Former F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has "waded into the row" and accused Lotus bosses of "taking the p***." Ecclestone: "He has signed a contract with somebody and they need to pay him. I feel sorry for him but he should have been a little more sensible when he signed the contract and knew what he was signing for. If he drove for me, I'd have paid him." Villeneuve said, "If that had been me I don't know I would have been so patient." Boullier said Lopez "was waiting on money from new investors" (DAILY MIRROR, 11/2).