Raikkonen to miss final two races

2013 F1 season

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013Kimi Raikkonen will not participate in the final tw rounds of this season, Lotus have confirmed.

Raikkonen will miss next week’s United States Grand Prix and the following race in Brazil. He will have an operation on a back injury ahead of his move to Ferrari next year.

“Lotus F1 Team can confirm that Kimi Raikkonen will miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula One season to undergo, and recover from, back surgery,” said the team in a statement.

“The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course.”

This means Raikkonen’s appearance in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he retired following a collision at the first corner, was his last for Lotus.

The news is a blow to the team who are in competition with Ferrari for third place in the constructors’ championship. They are yet to announce who will replace Raikkonen for the balance of the season.

Raikkonen had been involved in a dispute with the team over his pay, telling reporters at the last race weekend he had not been paid by them all year.

He complained of back pains during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend where he took painkillers before participating in the race.

Coincidentally Raikkonen’s future Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso also suffered back pains after going off the track during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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206 comments on Raikkonen to miss final two races

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  1. I hope this is an opportunity to give Davide Valsecchi a try out. Otherwise what is the point in having a reserve driver who doesn’t ever get called up to race?

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th November 2013, 12:58

      Yes, I understand he will most likely be doing those races.

      • airtone said on 10th November 2013, 13:28

        Hi,
        Am I the only one rooting for D’Ambrosio? I think he did a decent job last year at Monza considering he had no KERS for most of the race, and he’s also a clean racer.
        Anyway, the logical choice is the reserve driver, but he has much less expericence in F1 than D’Ambrosio and if Lotus want to keep their 3rd place, shouldn’t they go for that less risky option?
        Ok that’s wishful thinking, but who knows? ;-)

        • celeste (@celeste) said on 10th November 2013, 13:46

          Well if I rememer correctly D’Ambrosio didn´t surprise anyone last year when he took over for Grosjean…

          • Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 10th November 2013, 14:51

            In fact he was last of the finishers apart from the Caterham, Marrusia and HRT cars, finishing in 13th place.

          • Michael Brown (@) said on 10th November 2013, 18:34

            @wpinrui He matched his best finish of his career in that race.

          • Jack (@jmc200) said on 10th November 2013, 19:09

            Yeah, with no KERS for the whole race! 1/2 second per lap gone instantly, he would have been in the points without it most likely…

          • airtone said on 10th November 2013, 20:22

            Thanks Jack, that’s exactly what I meant: he arrived 75 seconds after winner Hamilton so taking into account he had no KERS (as you say about 0,5 sec per lap) and considering his lack of mileage in the Lotus, all in all that was a decent – not blistering – performance.
            Anyway, let’s wait and see.

        • Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 11th November 2013, 6:57

          Am I the only one rooting for D’Ambrosio?

          Yes, you are the only one.

      • ferrox glideh (@ferrox-glideh) said on 10th November 2013, 16:58

        I think that Jerome D’Ambrosio would be great! His race in Italy last year was pretty solid, for not having much experience in an F1 car.

      • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 10th November 2013, 18:28

        Anyone else hoping for a Marcus Winklehock type situation at Austin?

    • I personally think Lotus should give a drive to Kobayashi, I understand he is not a test driver but he is one you can rely on to score the points to possibly claim 3rd or even 2nd in the champioonship

    • Eddie (@wackyracer) said on 10th November 2013, 16:36

      What if none of them could be paid to drive? Will they drive for free? :P

    • SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 10th November 2013, 22:09

      I bet Davide will get the nod.. But if I am looking around and thinking out loud.. I see 2 outside options.. Timo Glock and Heikki Kovalainen. That last one is known at the team. Would be safer options imo.

    • Yes but sometimes they do end up picking up quick bucks.

      • Nick (@nick101) said on 11th November 2013, 10:02

        You never know, with Kimi out of the way ‘the fastest driver in F1′, Hamilton, might actually finish higher than 4th in the WDC!! haha

        Although at this rate I can see Webber and Rosberg overtaking him – 4th or 5th again – truly the best driver in F1!

        LOL!

        • ‘Best’ is not the same as ‘fastest’.

          For example, Alonso is noted as one of the ‘best’, but he is not the fastest as demostrated by his rubbish qualifying, even being outdone by Massa. Similarly Hamilton is one of the ‘fastest’ as shown by his qualifying skill but he is not the best as he destroys his tyres and usually drops down the order once the race has started.

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th November 2013, 12:58

    Hm, so Kimi did bin it intentionally then in AbuDhabi?

    Nice way to earn his salary up front for Ferrari.

    • g (@endel) said on 10th November 2013, 13:03

      So you actually think Raikkonen turned up for Sunday, he participated in the meetings, planned out the strategy and all the rubbish stuff that would’t be neccessary in the first place if he was to bin it, and then understeered into the Caterham?
      Your logic is special.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th November 2013, 13:37

        First of all, its just a thought that does cross the mind. Am I convinced it happened? How would you know @endel?
        On the other hand, its possible it was that way. Kimi has a contract with Lotus, and this is an elegant way to oblige to his contract while at the same time making sure that Lotus does not get any benefit out of it. Nothing strange in the logic of it really.
        Quite another question is, how realistic is it to have happened that way. All we know is that the people who wanted to buy a part of Lotus have confirmed that they did meet with Kimi and promised to pay the oustanding money. We do not know what was exactly agreed, nor do we know how satisfied Kimi was with the deal or indeed with how the team operates (the heated emotions etc.)

        • Breno (@austus) said on 11th November 2013, 15:48

          Uhmmm… As long as Lotus isnt holding out their part of their contract, why should Raikkonen? Apart from the last 17 races?

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th November 2013, 8:49

            Because in the world of contracts, one party not honoring the complete deal does not automatically mean the whole contract is void @austus

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th November 2013, 13:39

        Another possible background is, that this was even agreed upon with Lotus @endel, and they are getting another couple of millions from Valsecchi’s backers to be actually able to pay Kimi. What do we know.

    • Karthikeyan (@ridiculous) said on 10th November 2013, 14:33

      Must be fun making up stuff on the internet. What do we know

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 10th November 2013, 19:33

      Seems incredibly unlikely.

  3. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th November 2013, 12:59

    This is massive for Formula 1.

    OK, that is perhaps being slightly melodramatic but this nails Lotus in fourth place in the WCC, because even if it turns out that likely replacement Davide Valsecchi is any good, he’s only had a handful of laps in the car and he’s never driven either of the coming racetracks. It’s a shame really, because Lotus a) thoroughly 2nd in the WCC because, as AUTOSPORT has often term it, they are “Pound-for-pound F1′s best team”, and b) they needed it badly to cover their finances. With Ferrari clearly unable to catch Mercedes, it is ironic in that Raikkonen has done Ferrari a huge favour by taking the pressure off of them from behind, because it looked almost certain that they’d fall to a distant fourth in the standings. However without Raikkonen that’ll likely not be the case. It’s also a shame in that the F1 career of Valsecchi, a driver I have always seemed alone in having the utmost faith in, will be judged on the inevitable toils of a driver ill-prepared. However, if he does do a decent job, it might help him get a look in a the Caterham drive that I’ve been linking him with for the past twelve months. For me, a Pic/Valsecchi line-up would be rather strong…oh, and er, get well soon Kimi…

  4. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 10th November 2013, 13:00

    I think Eric Boullier is gonna go for a cry now :-)

  5. bharat (@bharat141) said on 10th November 2013, 13:01

    @keithcollantine

    i think it should be first corner in para 3 not first.

  6. If the insurance doesn’t cover the surgery, does Kimi have enough money to pay for it? :D

  7. Adam Kibbey (@kibblesworth) said on 10th November 2013, 13:02

    Hmmm, this seems like a pretty legitimate way of getting out of having to race in the final two races without actually violating any contract he may have with Lotus. Pretty crafty. Looking forwards to see what Valsecchi can do in a Lotus!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th November 2013, 13:04

      indeed it does, yeah.

    • Yep, I’m a bit disappointed by the attitude of Raikkonen on this, but I’ve also experienced back pain myself due tu my former job, I fully understand the need for care.

      It puts Lotus in an awkward situation but health prevails.

      • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 10th November 2013, 13:27

        Maybe the call came from maranello. Alonso is currently still not fit to race. So, if I were Ferrari, I would call Räikkönen and say: ‘do it now, we must be (extra) sure you’re in good health.

      • @jeff1s They putted himself in this situation. All of this started from the disrespectfull message from Permane. If that didn’t happend, then Raikkonen will still race without his money. The surgery, is a good way to not break your contract. So, the only bad person here is Permane. If I were Lotus I’ll suit him. Sorry, for my english.

        • Patrick said on 11th November 2013, 6:12

          Yet, Lotus have already broken the contract by not paying Kimi the amount that is owed, therefore Kimi is breaking an already broken contract… and ultimately not breaking any contract

      • Odd that some would criticize Kimi’s “attitude”. The guy hasn’t been PAID! He was going to sit out the rest of the season five races ago! Lotus have really treated him shabbily since he signed on with Ferrari, anyway. As for Vettel and RBR, I still maintain that Adrian Newey should be the one on the podium! Lol! There’s no way, in this day and age of F1 racing, that Vettel’s car has a 2.5sec/lap advantage over even Webber in the “same” car!

    • So video footage at Abu Dhabi of Kimi walking towards the SUV and going away from the race track is the last we will see him in the Lotus Overalls.

      All said and done there is a lots more than what meets the eye. There seems to be quite of bit of stuff happening in the background which will slowly trickle out in the due course of time.

  8. I would like if they did a sort of showdown between Maldonado and Hülkenberg, but that’s fanciful beyond belief ;)

    • bharat (@bharat141) said on 10th November 2013, 13:09

      @vettel1

      if they want to try pastor nd hulk for a race each, hulk will definitely beat pastor by miles if he dives at Interlagos and pastor at COTA

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th November 2013, 13:17

      @vettel1 – What would be the point? I think we know who would win that! And anyway, it wouldn’t change the fact that they’ll need Maldonado’s PDVSA money in the now unlikely chance of the Quantum deal falling through.

      • @william-brierty you never know, it might knock sense into them that one driver is just so much better than the other that unless the literally need the money to survive, Hülkenberg would be a better bet ;)

        Again, highly unlikely that would ever happen though.

        • kpcart said on 10th November 2013, 14:20

          Hulk is currently doing a good job but that doesnt mean he will do better then maldonado at lotus. When maldonado has had a good car he has been fast dont forget, he excels when he has a fast car.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th November 2013, 14:39

            And Hulkenberg doesn’t? Anyone who tries to make out that Nico Hulkenberg is anything less than a young sensation should be treated with as much contempt as those who don’t think Alonso is anything special. Foolishness – it must be suppressed!

          • wait, who’s the proven winner? Hulk or Maldonado. ya. I rest my case.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 11th November 2013, 11:11

            @joepa Wait, who’s the one that failed to score a point for over ten races after getting a sole good result, and who’s the one who spent 2012 crashing into Hamilton, Perez, Glock, a wall in Melbourne…? Hulkenberg or Maldonado. Yeah. I rest my case.

    • verstappen (@verstappen) said on 10th November 2013, 13:31

      A showdown is indeed fanciful.

      But Hulkenberg is free to race. Who else is there with 2013 experience? And who else is in the top 3 of Lotus’ wishlist?
      No brainer to me.

      • That assumes that the contract between Hulkenberg and Sauber is no longer in force, and there is some ambiguity over that at the moment.
        If his contract with Sauber still stands, and given that Toro Rosso are not that far behind Sauber in the WCC (13 points apart with two races to go), it is plausible that Sauber might be banking on Hulkenberg to keep them ahead of Toro Rosso and therefore refuse to let him go.

        • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 10th November 2013, 18:13

          There is that strange “The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course” statement from Lotus though. Why would they need to take their time over announcing their nominated reserve driver as a replacement if they weren’t trying to put in an alternative?

          • SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 10th November 2013, 22:15

            The reserve driver is someone you have with you in case last minute you need a driver..
            Now you have more options..

  9. @Kimi, Austria is a good place to get well soon if you dont start skiing. ;-)
    @Lotus: give Valsecchi a chance. GRO and VAL can make it to 2nd in WCC!

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 10th November 2013, 13:13

      @rudi I don’t think Valsecchi’s that good..couple that with the fact he hasn’t raced for over a year now..

      • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 10th November 2013, 13:21

        @wsrgo – But couple that with the fact that he’s been very impressive in all the tests he’s taken part in, and you could end up with some perfectly decent performances and potentially the roots of a 2014 drive…at Caterham maybe.

        • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 11th November 2013, 4:01

          @william-brierty quite possibly so, yes. But he’ll need to work harder for a 2014 driver than he did for one after his GP2 triumph, when he seemingly went into hibernation, probably expecting a call-up of some kind, which never came.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 11th November 2013, 11:07

            @wsrgo – What did you want him to do in 2012? March around the paddock with a flag that said, “I am the GP2 champion, please hire me F1 teams!”? Due to the fact that all the seats had been taken up by less talented members of the 2012 GP2 field, he had nowhere to go, and ending up as a reserve for a top team with frankly as good as he could’ve hoped for.

          • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 11th November 2013, 13:38

            @william-brierty

            What did you want him to do in 2012? March around the paddock with a flag that said, “I am the GP2 champion, please hire me F1 teams!”?

            Well, that’s what the current situation demands.

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 11th November 2013, 17:15

            @wsrgo – I bow to your incredible knowledge of racing driver management, but I’m sure Valsecchi’s manager knew what he was doing.

          • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 12th November 2013, 2:23

            @william-brierty Seriously, there’s no need to become so hostile here..

          • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 12th November 2013, 8:46

            @wsrgo (adopts shocked face)

            What was hostile about that? The fact that I don’t think you are an expert on racing driver management or the fact that I think Valsecchi’s manager probably knows what he’s doing thus going against your previous remark? The fact that my comment disagreed with yours does not make it hostile.

    • Maybe Heikki Kovalainen? Has experience in racing, current tyres, upcoming tracks, team etc. Also has done practice runs whit caterham so he is not completely rusty and i believe he could do some mature racing for the team.

  10. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 10th November 2013, 13:10

    2 drivers with lumbago driving the Prancing Horse next year..
    okay, I know it’s not lumbago, but still…

  11. eMGieBe (@michael-giorew) said on 10th November 2013, 13:16

    It would be great if they gave Robert Kubica a chance for a come-back… Even if they had to make the car wider, even if it would not be “as fast as the slimmer one”… it would be a symbolic replacement. :)

    • oakrichardson (@oakrichardson) said on 10th November 2013, 13:40

      I would rather see what kubica can do in wales rally gb in his first outing in a wrc car next weekend!

    • john (@jdc123) said on 10th November 2013, 13:41

      Don’t get me wrong I would love to see kubica back in f1, but do u realise how much time and money a new chassis is? Besides that, the chassis has to be built to strict regulations meaning it would never happen

      • chetan said on 10th November 2013, 14:58

        Kubica is done. He wont get the movement in the arm and wrist to ever make it back. Its sad, but true. He is finished. He will be a WRC champion.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 10th November 2013, 13:43

      Making the car wider would require a whole new tub, and a whole set of crash tests to boot. Pity really :-(

    • kpcart said on 10th November 2013, 14:28

      Kubica is a star driver, but his condition is still not ready for f1. He makes his wrc debut next week after winning wrc2 title. He has done simulator work for mercedes f1 this year, and will probably get a test if his hand is good enough. But f1, if ever, looks the nearest in 2015, its a very slow rehab. Its great f1 remembers him and he.is still only 28. Im.enjoying him stick it to seasoned rally drivers by wiining 5 wrc2 rallys out of 7 attempts this year amd leading a few ERC rallys

    • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 17:09

      Considering that Lotus paid Kubica’s salary for the whole season after he injured himself outside of F1. A huge amount of money they sorely miss at the moment and he couldn’t even be bothered to answer the phone to them. I seriously doubt he’s welcome to darken their doorstep again.

      • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 10th November 2013, 18:00

        You’ve posted this garbage twice now – any proof to back it up?

        • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 18:05

          It’s not garbage thanks.

          I know people that work at Enstone.

          • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 10th November 2013, 18:08

            I know people that work at Enstone.

            I could equally claim I know people in Brackley. Doesn’t make it true.

          • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 18:14

            The fact that you could make a false claim doesn’t make me a liar either.
            Funnily enough I know somebody that works at Brackley also, but I wouldn’t call him a friend. I know him through a hobby and would talk to him when we bump into each other, I don’t have his phone number or anything like that.

          • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 18:41

            @raceprouk take a look at this link. Photo taken at the factory a few years ago, person on the left is my girlfriend, person on the right is my sister. Hopefully you’ll be able to tell me who the person in the middle is.
            As for proving they are my sister and girlfriend, well that’s going to be tricky as they aren’t famous I guess, and I’ve already given this more attention than it deserves.
            You will see though that the poster of this picture on twitter follows me on twitter, my “@ username” is the same on twitter as it is on F!Fanatic.

        • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 18:09

          oh, and the other post went in the wrong place, my fault but I’m only human. I’ve tried to delete it but for some reason it’s still there.

      • SoLiDG (@solidg) said on 10th November 2013, 22:19

        If that is true.. wouldn’t an insurance be paying that?

    • Anirudh s said on 11th November 2013, 10:04

      I am afraid that will never happen. Robert Kubica has been ruled out of F1. This may sound preposterous, but F1 has not really missed Kubica has it?

  12. zzkiper (@zzkiper) said on 10th November 2013, 13:18

    just as one might have thought the 2013 season could not get any worse…

  13. RC (@) said on 10th November 2013, 13:24

    So low Kimi, so low :(

  14. Steph (@stephanief1990) said on 10th November 2013, 13:27

    I know I’m supposed to be bothered by this but I’m not. Yeah, he should have been paid but I find it hard to get that worked up about a multi millionaire who has just landed another massive Ferrari deal. It’s a shame that he’ll miss a couple of races but hopefully Davide will get a go which will be interesting to watch. Hope his back op goes smoothly too.

  15. karter22 (@karter22) said on 10th November 2013, 13:34

    Fair enough…. He´s not getting paid so F them! Before anybody jumps the “he should behave like a professional” wagon for me saying that… It works both ways…
    I wonder if Romain is getting paid. He must be since he´s got a big smile all the time.

  16. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 10th November 2013, 13:46

    Something quirky regarding Alonso’s team-mates since he won his titles:

    Hamilton in 2007
    Piquet in 2008-09
    Grosjean in 2009
    Massa in 2010-13
    and now Raikkonen in 2014

    none of whom competed in the race immediately prior to their first race as Alonso’s team-mate (Massa and Raikkonen due to injury, the others were rookies).

  17. Colossal Squid (@colossal-squid) said on 10th November 2013, 13:51

    Can’t blame the guy for saying ‘enough is enough’. He’s had a contract that hasn’t been fulfilled even though he’s been keeping his side of the agreement. I think focusing on getting over his injury is also a very wise move, as he’ll be in the best possible shape to perform at Ferrari.

    • Robbie said on 10th November 2013, 15:34

      Agreed…well said.

    • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 10th November 2013, 16:50

      Maybe this was discussed with Ferrari as well since he was just there getting fitted for his 2014 seat. I’m sure Ferrari dreads having both their drivers with potential back problems for next season. It does make a lot of sense to give a back surgery the maximum amount of time to heal before getting back into the very activity likely to aggravate it again. The startup for 2014 is not really that far away, especially in terms of recovery from a major surgery.

  18. Aditya (@adityafakhri) said on 10th November 2013, 13:51

    maybe Gerard Lopez and Raikkonen had agree on salary-cut (or maybe not) with consequence that Raikkonen won’t drive in Austin and Interlagos. whatever then, I’m very disappointed with how this thing goes.
    in positive note, Kimi hopefully will be fresh over 2014.

  19. toiago (@toiago) said on 10th November 2013, 13:55

    Imagine that the Lotus team don’t even consider Valsechi for a drive. Who would realistically stand a chance of racing alongside Grosjean for the final two races?

    • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 10th November 2013, 14:39

      @toiago Hulkenberg. Technically he’s racing at Sauber without a contract.

    • @toiago

      Hulkenberg’s relationship with Sauber isn’t absolutely tip-top, let’s face it. If Lotus are on the verge of signing him, I wouldn’t be surprised if they give him a quick seat fitting and throw him in Raikkonen’s place from the get go. I’m not saying it’s the most probable scenario, but stranger things have happened… Other than Valsecchi and Hulkenberg, I don’t see many other options, really.

      They could reactivate an established driver. Barrichello must be sitting at home eagerly next to his phone right now, I’m sure, and he’s not the only one, but I don’t see the point of that. I find it hard to believe whoever it is they find available would be much faster than Valsecchi. Or they could put Nasr or someone else willing to pay for a seat in there. But I don’t see what good that will bring either. They’re still aiming for 3rd in the WCC afterall.

      They would have to be crazy to give D’Ambrosio another chance after Monza last year. Also it would be pointless to call up Heidfeld, Prost or some other Rebellion-linked driver in my opinion (not that Boullier wants to have anything to do with Heidfeld anymore).

      Realistically: I think it’s down to Hulkenberg and Valsecchi.

      • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 10th November 2013, 17:01

        @tony031r – I think Hulkenberg would give Lotus the most solid chance at gaining points in the WCC. But, at what expense to Hulkenberg? If he already had a signed contract and payment assurances with Lotus for 2014, driving the final two races for them in 2013 might make sense. But, the deal with Quantum and Lotus, plus the potential contract with Hulkenberg are not done yet. Hulkenberg is perceived as the most talented young driver, but there is a question mark over his team switching frequency. He may be better served by staying at Sauber and honoring his end of the contract without question whether he is getting paid or not. As much as I would love to see Hulkenberg in the Lotus right now, it probably won’t happen.

        • Sharon H (@sharoncom) said on 10th November 2013, 18:22

          I could only see Hulkenberg racing for Lotus in the last 2 GPs if he’s got a Lotus contract for 2014. I think he will only sign that contract if Lotus have definitely received the money from Quantum. He’s probably Lotus’ best bet for WCC points compared to the other drivers potentially available. Even then: he’s never driven the current Lotus before, nor worked with the team, nor stated whether he has a preference for the SWB car that Lotus took the trouble to build for Kimi to smash into a Caterham.

        • @bullmello – Two things to be taken into consideration here.

          One – I completely agree, the only way Hulkenberg will race for Lotus in Austin and Interlagos is IF he has their signature on a contract for 2014 OR the contract is inches away from being signed, worst case scenario. Otherwise, I don’t think he’ll leave Sauber for just two races, especially now that they finally started to get some speed out of that car. Hulkenberg’s a smart guy, he won’t be bothered with it.

          On the other hand, his contract with Sauber is not in effect anymore, so he doesn’t own any kind of closue to the team. He can pretty much go whenever and wherever he pleases. If he thinks he could be able to impress more in that E21, then he might want to give it a try.

          Either way, I have a feeling whether we see Hulkenberg or Valsecchi in Raikkonen’s car next week is gonna be in a large proportion up to Hulkenberg.

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 10th November 2013, 16:21

      De la Rosa? I know there’s a conflict of interest but he’s been called this year alone as possible replacement to both Sauber and Marussia. If I where Lotus I would seriously consider him.

    • faulty (@faulty) said on 10th November 2013, 16:48

      If I were in Lotus’ shoes I’d go for an experienced, available driver. Kovalainen, Kobayashi or Barrichello sound like sensible options. To me

      • Merv (@) said on 10th November 2013, 17:13

        To be fair, those names just sound like drivers that will get the car to the finish, just without many points.

      • @faulty – Kobayashi is under contract with Ferrari and AF Corse. The WEC season is not over yet so I doubt he’ll get permission to run back to F1 and help Lotus beat Ferrari to 3rd in the WCC. Especially since there’s virtually no chance he’ll be a contender for a permanent seat in 2014.

        Barrichello hasn’t touched a Formula 1 car in almost two seasons and he spent his last two seasons in the sport being a midfielder and backmarker, respectively. He’s also never raced in Austin. Sure, he’d be willing and able to drive, but I don’t see how he could be “points-scoring” fast.

  20. As a Kimi fan going to COTA I’m devastated.

    • As a Kimi fan, watching TV, I’m devasted too. I think I’ll miss these races too. Sorry for your money, bro…what a shame…

    • Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 10th November 2013, 15:06

      Yeah, I’m feeling for you. Instead of wondering who would replace him me first reaction was: “ooh, I wouldn’t want to be a kimi fan heading to COTA or Brazil.”

      I hope you will still enjoy the race buddy even if your driver is a no show

    • mantresx (@mantresx) said on 10th November 2013, 16:26

      @theo-hrp Me too! I’m not a Kimi fan per se but I was very much looking forward to see him race, let’s hope his replacement is half as good as he is and give us a good show.

    • troublebot said on 12th November 2013, 2:56

      Taking my girlfriend to COTA for our first F1 race in person (we live in Fort Worth, TX). Kimi is her fave, I had to wake her up to tell her and was greeted by the saddest whimpering “Nooooooooooooooooooo” I’ve ever heard. I guess she’ll be sporting her Nico Rosberg hat to this race.

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