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MOTORSPORT: Furious Raikkonen says he considered race boycott
11:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Sport
AN angry Kimi Raikkonen confirmed he had to be talked out of refusing to drive for the Enstone-based team at this week’s race in protest at being “paid zero euro the whole year”.
Raikkonen announced in September that he will leave the team at the end of the campaign to return to Ferrari.
Since then, his relationship with the Enstone outfit appears to have deteriorated rapidly, culminating in a sweary radio spat with trackside director Alan Permane at last week’s Indian GP and the Finn’s absence from the Abu Dhabi paddock on Thursday.
It has now emerged that Raikkonen was prepared to skip this week’s event having grown exasperated with the team’s failure to pay his wages.
“I came here only because hopefully we’ve found an understanding on the certain issues that we’ve been having,” said the Finn who was world champion in 2007.
“Hopefully it gets fixed and we can finished the season as well as we can.”
Asked if he could sit out the forthcoming races in America and Brazil if those issues are not resolved, Raikkonen bluntly warned: “Yes, for sure. I enjoy racing, I enjoy driving, but a big part of it is business and sometimes when that’s not dealt with like it should we end up in an unfortunate situation.
“But we have to put the line sometime and if it goes over that it's not really my fault anymore.
“I came here only because hopefully we’ve found an understanding on the certain issues that we’ve been having.”
While Lotus have issued an apology after Raikkonen was sworn at by Permane as Romain Grosjean challenged his teammate for third, Raikkonen says that wasn't the principal reason he considered a boycott.
“It’s a small part of it,” he said. “Those things shouldn't happen but unfortunately it happened and that's not really the issue.
“It’s the other stuff and obviously all the things come together in the end.
“It’s easy to say that’s the reason why I didn’t almost come, it’s not that simple.
“Sometimes it’s not very nice when you hear that you don’t have the interests of the team (first) and then you’ve been paid zero euro the whole year.
“So it doesn’t put you in the best place.
“But that’s how it goes and hopefully we found an understanding on both sides how we should deal with the situation right now and fix the issues and finish as well as we can.”
Red Bull continued their domination of theseason as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber secured the top two places in second practice.
Vettel had finished third fastest in the first practice session but set the quickest time in the second, clocking up a time of one minute 41.335 seconds.
As soon as the majority of the field switched to run the soft compound tyre the Red Bull drivers flexed their muscles, with Webber topping the timesheets before ending the session 0.155secs adrift of Vettel.
Raikkonen clocked the fourth fastest time of the session, while teammate Romain Grosjean was 12th after his car suffered a brake disc failure.
The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton a place ahead in third.
Nico Rosberg was fifth while Sergio Perez and Jenson Button were sixth and seventh respectively.
Fernando Alonso was eighth.
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