F1 » Raikkonen to miss US and Brazil after opting for surgery

Kimi Raikkonen will not take part in the final two races of the 2013 F1 season, after ongoing back pain has resulted in surgery being scheduled for later this week.

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November 10, 2013 12:47 PM

IF he is having surgery I hope it goes ok but I can't help feeling it's a convenient excuse not to finish the season with Lotus.

Footballers have to go through fairly comprehensive medicals before signing for a new team doesn't that happen in F1? I'd be fairly surprised if Ferrari agreed a multi-million pound contract with someone knowing that they required back surgery. Lets face it any kind of surgery can go wrong.

Jim Clausen

November 10, 2013 12:55 PM
Last Edited 908 days ago

The "pain" Kimi is experiencing may be coming from not being paid by Lotus. He may respond to "therapy" during the offseason, therefore no longer requiring surgery. Lotus should not be allowed to compete if they are not paying their drivers per agreement.


November 10, 2013 1:26 PM

ty. IF seem to be the operative word. yep, he possibly has to have a bit of work on his back, but it is a convenient way to give lotus the finger. (sorry seb!). bet he even ha a doctors note to excuse him.

also of note is the fact that ferdis back is also playing up,and he may have to miss the last two races as well. to give him his dues, he appears to have suffered quite badly from that excursion, and there are shots of him on a stretcher with a neck brace, after the race so to finish the race in pain was some effort.


November 10, 2013 1:39 PM

Well the chance for third place is officially screwed for Lotus. They've got an inconsistent disaster waiting to happen (although he may still deliver) in one car and a rookie in the other. But who knows, I hope Valsecchi proves me wrong, even though I don't particularly like Lotus... I agree with you Jim, they shouldn't be allowed to participate until their driver issues are cleared up.


November 10, 2013 2:22 PM

since the announcement of his move to ferrari, isnt this what lotus wanted, perhaps they were hoping for a clear breach of contract from kimi to get what they owe him annuled, maybe not, but they have their new savior romain grosjean who they are keen to sell to investers as a man who can do the same job as raikkonen, now they have a chance to show it, good luck to them on that, roll on next year for the new 'Sainz and Kankunnen' show next year and good luck to all parties.

Jim Clausen

November 10, 2013 2:34 PM

O.K. Crashnet moderator, what was wrong with asking Snowman how long he would work without being paid?
At least you could have the decency to indicate a post has been deleted rather than it just disappearing.


November 10, 2013 2:47 PM

Richard, agree that Kimi found a way to give Lotus the finger, as I said last time, he would have been a fool to miss racing for them over the non payment (legally).
That something was being browed-up there was a hint this past week but nobody took notice of what Mika Salo was trying to convey.

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