One wonders if Lotus test driver Davide Valsecchi may have triggered even more fears among Formula One observers about the team’s financial state after telling an Italian website that he has not been paid for his services from the 2013 season.
For his part, Valsecchi, who was passed over by Lotus as Kimi Raikkonen’s replacement for the final two races in favor of Heikki Kovalainen, has faith that the Enstone team will eventually pay.
“According to my contract, my salary was like that of a waiter. They haven’t paid me yet,” he said to F1Passion.it, noting that the team has “always behaved well towards [him].”
“I’m sure that as soon as they’ll be in a position to do so, they’ll solve their debt.”
Nonetheless, Valsecchi’s comments could be considered as coming at an inopportune time. With the Quantum saga still fresh on observers’ minds, everyone is keeping an eye on the competitive but underfunded team as the new season approaches.
As for what the future holds for Valsecchi personally, he told the Italian site that he currently doesn’t have any commitments lined up for 2014. He also noted that he’d be open to coming to the United States and racing in the IndyCar Series.
“For sure, if someone were to call me to race without asking me for money, I’d be ready to do it right away, but I’m not too worried about the situation,” he told F1 Passion. “And I won’t stop exerting myself to have a steering wheel in hand soon.
“In the meantime, I don’t conceal my desire to get into IndyCar. There is someone who gave me a hand, although in the U.S., I’m not as famous as here in Europe, where my achievements in GP2 are well known.”
After splitting his 2011 season between GP2 and a test role with Team Lotus (now known as Caterham), Valsecchi earned the 2012 GP2 championship prior to landing at Lotus as third driver for 2013.