Raikkonen to miss rest of 2013 season due to back surgery

By on Sunday, November 10, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen will not compete in the final two races of 2013 due to undergoing back surgery next week.

Raikkonen had been a doubt to compete in America and Brazil due to financial issues with Lotus, but a deal was struck on the morning of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for the Finn to race.

However, Raikkonen has now elected to undergo back surgery that will force him to miss the final two events after 'severe pain' following last weekend's event at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Raikkonen's back problem began following a heavy testing crash in 2001 and the issue flared up during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend in September.

"In an ideal world it would have been nice to finish the season with Lotus in the final two grands prix," Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson told Autosport.

"However, due to the severe pain that Kimi is having, sadly it is not possible."

Raikkonen is expected to take four weeks to recover from the operation, therefore bringing his Lotus career to a premature end.

Lotus will announce Raikkonen's replacement in due course.

Their reserve driver is 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi.

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