11:00am Saturday 24th August 2013
Kimi Raikkonen has told Lotus he will not enter into negotiations to stay with the team until they resolve his current issues.
After missing his media duties at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit due to illness on Thursday, the Finn was asked about his future after practice ahead of tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen has been linked with Red Bull and a return to Ferrari next season.
He could stay at Lotus, but there is also speculation he has not been paid by the Enstone-based marque of late.
“For sure it’s not as it should be, but hopefully these things get sorted quickly,” said Raikkonen.
“They know there are certain issues and until those are solved there is no point talking about next year.
“They know exactly what they have to do first, and then we are open to talk. It’s not really up to me.
“I’ve always said I have a very good team here, but things have to be right in all areas.”
Despite claims by his manager, Steve Robertson, that talks had broken down with Red Bull, Raikkonen suggested it was a lack of contact from the Milton Keynes team which saw the trail go cold.
“I had no answer from them,” added Raikkonen. “We never heard anything for a while, which is not the ideal situation, but that’s how it is.
“There is talk I’m supposed to go to McLaren, then there’s Ferrari and then there’s Lotus, but I still don’t have a contract so what else can I say?”
Meanwhile, championship leader Sebas-tian Vettel finished quickest heading into today’s final practice and qualifying, despite his Red Bull suffering a puncture.
Raikkonen was sixth fastest, with teammate Romain Grosjean third behind Red Bull’s Mark Webber.
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