Raikkonen could walk out over wages

Fri Nov 1, 2013 2:36pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Kimi Raikkonen could walk out on his Lotus Formula One team before the end of the season after telling reporters at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday he was still waiting for his wages.

The Finn, who is returning to Ferrari next season after two years with Lotus, also said he had considered not racing this weekend.

The 2007 world champion broke his silence after failing to turn up at the Yas Marina circuit on Thursday, the traditional media day ahead of a grand prix weekend.

His comments followed media speculation the relationship between team and driver had broken down and came only hours after Lotus had attempted to portray the situation in a much more positive light.

"I came here only because hopefully we found an understanding on certain issues we have been having," Raikkonen said after taking part in practice.

"Hopefully it will be fixed and we can finish the season as well as we can."

Asked whether he could skip the final races in Austin, Texas, and Brazil, the Finn replied: "For sure. 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 put the line somewhere and if it goes over that ... it is not really my fault any more.   Continued...