Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea International Circuit, 2013

Raikkonen to miss final two races

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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    1. Hekoheko…
      You’ll just wait’n see.
      Every F1 driver has a back pain (disorder in spinal column). It’s ’cause G-forces and no dampening material between kerbs and the drivers back. Only the molded fibrecarbon layer between asphald and the butt. Some wood in between…

    2. Wow, finally some effort from Ferrari!

  1. To my mind, this sounds like the Quantum deal is falling through. In front of their home race, Quantum was all “our side of the deal is done”, and “we will pay Kimi’s salary”, and “we will clear the team’s debt.” Eric Bouillier said he hoped to confirm the deal on Tuesday, but we haven’t heard anything yet. In the meantime, it looks as if Kimi has lost faith and decided to focus on 2014. If he really believed he would get 12 million euros (or whatever he is owed) by driving the final two races, I am sure he would have.

    As for the final two races, I’m really looking forward to seeing a different (maybe even new) driver in the second Lotus, whoever they field. It’s an interesting new twist in an F1 season that can use some spicing up.

  2. Maybe Lotus could get some last minute US Companies to invest if they sign Alex Rossi.
    He has talent. He might not be the best choice for finishing the last two races ahead of Mercedes and Ferrari, or has the experience of Hulkenberg, but having an American racing the whole Weekend in Austin could bring in some last minute investment and help them get the money needed.

    1. And sell Grosjean to McLaren take Maldos money to keep the team going while they look for another buyer. Sad, the state of F1.

  3. Kimi has the right to say that he gets to sit out the US and Brazil, A. He wasn’t paid the whole year, so basically did it as a volenteer, B. He did a fantastic job both last year and this year, you would’ve thought that Schumacher would’ve been a front runner, but no. He retired something like 6 or 7 races. And Kimi was third last year in his first F1 season after 5 or so years away, so I think he has the right to heal himself for the job of going to Ferrari. So Lotus have nothing to complain about, if it weren’t for Romain and Kimi being so competitive in a car that isn’t like the Ferrari and the Red Bulls and even the Mercs, they’d just be another backmarker team

  4. Robert Wickens

  5. … bring back Mansell… you know he thinks he can still do it… ;0)

  6. This must be another Kimi-joke. Best EVER !

  7. Davide Valesschi should race this weekend and Jerome D’Ambrosio the weekend after to give each other a drive. In the meantime Fernando Alonso may miss this weekends GP as well. Ferrari’s preferred option is Jules Bianchi or Pedro de la Rosa if Jules does go to Ferrari what will replace him? Maybe Pedro should have a turn in a Marrussia

  8. So why do sponsors sponsor second rate drivers??

  9. Spare a thought for Ferrari – they just signed Raikkonen, and now he’s going to start the 2014 season with questions lingering over his health. Back injuries can plague sufferers for months or years after their initial recovery, even with a full physiotherapy program. If it’s serious enough that he needs surgery to relieve the pain, then I doubt that the decision to step aside for the final two races was taken voluntarily. There’s a real chance that Raikkonen is not just out for the season, but out for good.

    Right now, Ferrari need to be looking at alternative drivers. That might sound a little cold, but the last thing they want is to bank on Raikkonen making a full recovery, and then finding out that he cannot race and being forced to pick the best of a bad bunch for the second seat.

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