Raikkonen threatens to skip final races

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Kimi Raikkonen has added fuel to the fire in the dispute between him and Lotus, saying that the situation with his salary needs to be sorted out to make sure he is going to race the final two events of the season.

While Lotus team owner still played down the row with their Finnish star driver, saying that Raikkonen "is often misunderstood", the Finn himself obviously has another opinion.

When talking to ESPNF1, he confirmed that he may consider skipping the last two races if things do not get sorted.

"I enjoy racing and I enjoy driving but there's a big part of it that's business and sometimes when that's not dealt with like it should be we end up in unfortunate situations. You have to put the line somewhere and if it goes over that it is not really my fault anymore."

The main issue for Raikkonen is that he has not been payed for his driving this year, while Lotus claim this will definitely be sorted at the end of the season. The situation was somewhat aggravated with Alan Permane shouting to Raikkonen over the radio at India, increasing the annoyances among both parties.

"It's a small part of it and those things shouldn't happen, but unfortunately those things happened, but that's not really the issue. It's the other stuff and all the things together in the end. It's easy to say that's the reason, but it's not that.

"Everybody has their own view and own ideas of everything and sometimes it's not very nice when you hear that you don't have the interest of the team. Then you've been paid zero Euro the whole year so it kind of doesn't put you in the best place.

"But that's the way it goes and hopefully we've found an understanding on both sides as to how we should deal with the situation right now and fix the issues."