Raikkonen: Move to Ferrari "purely" about money


Raikkonen: Move to Ferrari

You can always rely on Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen to speak his mind – and, true to form, his first comments on his upcoming move to Ferrari for the 2014 season have been refreshingly frank, confirming that the decision to change was driven by money.

When asked about the move at a recent press conference ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, he said: "The reasons why I left from the team is purely on the money side, that they haven't got my salary. It's an unfortunate thing, but like I said, I want to try and help the team as much as I can and I like to race."

It's unclear whether Raikkonen's comments confirmed that Lotus hasn't been able to pay his salary, as has been rumoured, or whether the team was simply unable to match the salary deal Ferrari was offering next year, but the news follows a series of rumours in the pit lane about Lotus's financial troubles.

Raikkonen added that the team – which is unrelated in all but name to the Hethel-based sports car manufacturer – could have convinced him to stay, but didn't provide him with the "assurances" he was looking for.

"Yeah, there was a lot of things [they could have done] and for sure they know what it is," he said. "It's hard to say which way it would have gone if that would have had happened but the deal's done now and I'm very happy with the new deal."

Raikkonen added that he isn't fazed by talk of a potential rift between him and his new team-mate, Fernando Alonso. "I don't see the reason why it wouldn't work," he said. "If there is something, I'm sure we can talk it through. It's not like we are 20-year-old guys any more."