Kimi Raikkonen claims he nearly skipped the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he is yet to be paid by Lotus this year.
The 34-year-old was conspicuous by his absence during Thursday’s media activities at the Yas Marina circuit but he arrived in time to take part in both of Friday’s practice sessions.
Relations between Raikkonen and his team soured earlier this season after he agreed to return to Ferrari from 2014 and matters came to a head in India last weekend when Raikkonen almost collided with team-mate Romain Grosjean.
After finishing fourth in second practice, Raikkonen claimed his issues with the team had been settled for now but could not rule out missing the remaining races in the United States and Brazil.
“Sometimes it is not very nice when you hear that you are not really a team player, and you don’t have the interests of the team [at heart] - but you have been paid zero euro the whole year.It doesn’t put you in the best place, but that is how it goes.”