Kimi Raikkonen stands to make more money in 2010 if he takes a sabbatical. Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport reports that if he accepts McLaren’s current offer, he will earn €15M in 2010, as opposed to €17M if he has a season on the sidelines.
According to his termination deal with Ferrari, the Italian team has promised to pay Raikkonen €17M if he does NOT race in F1 next year, and will reduce this to €10m if he finds suitable employment elsewhere.
Realising this, McLaren has reportedly offered Raikkonen just 5 million for the 2010 seat, concluding that €15M in total earnings is a very healthy amount for the 2007 world champion. Crafty buggers!
greedy management team of Steve and David Robertson is demanding that McLaren pay a full retainer, plus agree to a reduced amount of sponsorship days for their charge.
Shades of Jacques Villeneuve during his heyday!