The brave men and women who strap themselves into some of the fastest land based machinery on Earth are of a special breed. They are highly focused individuals with fitness levels to rival Olympic athletes. Their talent is placed upon the world stage for our entertainment, and let us not forget, “motor sport is dangerous.” It is a hard old struggle in the world of Formula One but making it into a top team and becoming world champion is the dream that drives them all. Kimi Raikkonen is a man who has succeeded in his aspirations, but as he continues his career with Lotus he has become a victim of the F1 business model.
The 2007 Formula One World Champion has not been paid since this season began. His team, Lotus, currently has a cash-flow problem and until a new sponsor is signed that looks to continue. The black and gold liveried car has proven to be competitive this season but after months of patients he has understandably had enough. He says he has “not been paid a single Euro all year.” Raikkonen has signed for Ferrari next season, no doubt the switch was influenced by this. The Finn is owed his salary of £6.7m plus a £42,000 bonus for every point scored. The total comes to £14.5m.
It is pretty damning that a driver of his caliber is not being paid and it has cost Lotus their star for next season. Kimi has threatened not to attend the last races of the season if the situation is not rectified.