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.”
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