Kimi Raikkonen
Nov 2

F1: Raikkonen Excluded From Qualifying, Will Start Last

Kimi Raikkonen drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen drives during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen has been excluded from qualifying after his car failed a floor deflection test in Abu Dhabi. He will be allowed to start from the back of the grid.

In Hungary, a similar thing happened with Romain Grosjean, but the stewards accepted that the floor was damaged.

However, this time the circumstances were different — in effect, the stewards noted it was not the first time it had happened and the issue should have been addressed — and thus the car was deemed to have failed to comply with the regulations.

Nov 1

F1: Frustrated Raikkonen Threatens Lotus Walk-Out

Kimi Raikkonen says he has not been paid by Lotus. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen says he has not been paid by Lotus. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen say he only came to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix because he believes that he’s come to an “understanding” with the Lotus team on his unpaid salary – but made it clear that he could yet not complete the season.

Not for the first time Raikkonen failed to show up at the track on Thursday, leaving his arrival until the last minute amid speculation that he would boycott the race. Today he also said that he had not been paid all season.

Nov 1

F1: Four-Time Champion Vettel Moves Ahead In Second Abu Dhabi Practice

Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel led Friday's second practice session at Yas Marina. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel drives during the second practice session at Yas Marina Circuit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday.

In cooler evening temperatures, the German clocked a best lap of 1 minute, 41.335 seconds to finish .155 ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and .355 clear of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest after narrowly avoiding a crash.

Nov 1

F1: Revealing Q&A With Lotus F1 Team Co-Owner Gerard Lopez

Gerard Lopez, Chairman and majority owner of Lotus, looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Gerard Lopez, chairman and majority owner of Lotus, looks on during practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

The relationship between Kimi Raikkonen and the Lotus team has been in the spotlight of late, not least because of the controversial radio message in India where the Finn was told to get out of Romain Grosjean’s way. Meanwhile, the ongoing saga of the team’s failure to pay its star driver has put a firm focus on the financial situation.

Today, the team responded by issuing an interesting Q&A with co-owner Gerard Lopez. Featured here are the questions that relate to Raikkonen.

Q: How is the relationship with Kimi?

“Good. I speak with Kimi more than a lot of people probably realize and we rarely speak about Formula 1. Of course, recently a lot was made about the comments between Alan Permane and Kimi during the course of a tense moment in a race, but this was just one exchange taking a matter of seconds in the course of a two-year relationship. It certainly wasn’t the most beneficial few seconds, but you have to step back and accept that everyone is passionate about racing and sometimes these things do happen.”

Oct 29

Formula 1: Lotus Apologizes For Heated Exchange With Kimi

Formula 1: Lotus Apologizes For Heated Exchange With Kimi

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus attends the drivers press conference prior to the India GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

If you were watching the Indian Grand Prix and listening closely to the pit-to-car radio, you may have heard an odd exchange from Lotus F1 to driver Kimi Raikkonen. The team’s trackside operations director, Alan Permane, was a little cross feeling that Raikkonen was making it difficult for teammate Romain Grosjean who was on fresher tires and clearly faster.