Kimi Raikkonen has said he will be able to race this weekend in Korea - and that it would have been pointless to travel to Yeongam to be a 'tourist' if the back problems he had in Singapore were still an issue.

Raikkonen finished a fantastic third at the Marina Bay Street Circuit two weeks ago, despite struggling on the Saturday with his back and only qualifying in 13th place.

"If I would not race I would not be here. It would be pointless to come here and be a tourist," he told the official F1 site. "Right now it looks promising, so let's see how it goes tomorrow."

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"It is not the first time that this [the back problem] occurs - and it will not be the last time. It is something that I've dealt with for quite some time and sometimes it gets bad, but most of the time not. I have been racing all these years and sometimes I have to deal with the pain - and the older you get the more you have to deal with such issues. But be assured, I can handle that," he added.

Meanwhile, Kimi said that he is optimistic Lotus will be able to take the fight to Red Bull this Sunday, despite Sebastian Vettel's recent run, which has seen him win four of the last five races.

"We've beaten them before and hopefully there will be another chance to beat them later in the year," Raikkonen continued. "Sure, they've been pretty strong in the last couple of races, but be sure that we will not lessen in our efforts to beat them again.

"The target is the same as before: we try to do as good as we can and hopefully this will put us in the position to finish on the podium.

"I always try my best and the championship is not decided yet, so before that I will not sit back and do nothing," vowed the Finn.