Kimi Raikkonen's salary woes were well documented in Abu Dhabi, but that all was not well on the fiscal front between the Finn and Lotus became clear in September when he gave as reason for his departure for Ferrari in 2014 as "the things I haven't got, my salary..."
To most in the paddock it seemed inconceivable that a team that had recently won two grands prix and been Red Bull Racing's closest challenger in the second half of this season failed to pay its star driver, instead putting it down to gross mismanagement by team owner Genii Capital - the Luxembourg-based investment firm run by Gerard Lopez and Eric Lux.
Critics opine that any company racking up £40m in losses is ineptly managed, and, to a certain degree, that brooks little argument - particularly as the team lacks title sponsorship, with acres of prime real estate remaining conspicuously unsold.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken