Raikkonen eager to race despite back pain

By on Saturday, September 21, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen says he will try and take part in the Singapore Grand Prix, after back pain affected his preparations for the race on Saturday.

Raikkonen's running in final practice was restricted due to the discomfort, thought to relate to a trapped nerve.

In qualifying, the Finn was eliminated in the second segment, setting a time fast enough for only thirteenth on the grid.

"This morning was very bad," he said.

"It was good that we drove in qualifying in the end but not the most nice."

"This morning I couldn't really try, so we probably didn't get done what we wanted with the car but at least we got the car on the grid and we'll see what we can do tomorrow."

Team principal Eric Boullier confirmed that Raikkonen had been given painkilling injections prior to qualifying.

Raikkonen will be assessed before Sunday's race.

Reserve driver Davide Valsecchi was put on standby but will not race, as Raikkonen has now qualified the car.

It is thought that Raikkonen's back pain began following a heavy accident in testing early on in his Formula 1 career.

While he escaped serious injury, it has led to recurring pain.

"It's not the first time I've had the pain, I don't think it'll be the last," added Raikkonen.

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