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'Raikkonen will race on'

Monday 04-November-2013 08:02

Lotus are "confident" Kimi Raikkonen will contest the final two races of this season after reaching a deal over unpaid wages.

The Lotus situation came to a head this past weekend in Abu Dhabi when Raikkonen refused to pitch up for Thursday's media commitments due to the team not paying his salary.

And although he was in attendance on Friday, Raikkonen made it known that he was unhappy with the situation.

The Finn, who is off to Ferrari next season, even threatened to skip the final two races of the Championship unless Lotus paid up.

However, after some wrangling between Mansoor Ijaz, the chairman of Quantum Motorsports who are buying into Lotus, and Raikkonen's manager, the former World Champ is expected to see out the season.

"I met with Kimi's manager Steve Robertson... I've apologised to Steve, we've apologised to Kimi," Ijaz told Reuters.

"We intend to not only make sure that they (the unpaid wages) are made whole, and then some, we are intending to also compensate our employees and management team.

"I am confident that he (Raikkonen) will run the last two races and fulfil his professional obligations to us and us to him."

Team boss Eric Boullier backed up the comments but refused to reveal any details.

"I cannot say anything about what has been agreed because this is confidential between both parties but it is all settled," he said.

Meanwhile, Ijaz added that it is only a matter of time before Lotus' financial woes are over.

"We're going to clear off the debt, and then we're going to bring very high quality sponsors which you'll see very soon," he said.

"Those sponsors will give us the longevity and capacity to compete at the top end of the business for a long time.

"They (the team) are going to pay a lot of bills this week, let's put it that way. We've asked them to make sure things get paid as quickly as possible."

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