Lotus News Article

Räikkönen to miss final two races of 2013 for back surgery

Monday, November 11, 2013 - 08:30
Lotus F1 Team have confirmed that Kimi Räikkönen will miss the final two rounds of 2013 in the USA and Brazil after electing to undergo back surgery.

Kimi RaikkonenThe 34-year-old Finn has suffered with back problems throughout the latter part of this season, and was almost forced to sit out September's race in Singapore when the problem flared up. 

It is believed that Räikkönen has opted to have surgery now so that his preparations for 2014 are not impacted.

Lotus F1 Team will make an announcement about Räikkönen's replacement in due course. One possibility is for the team to promote third driver Davide Valsecchi. The 26-year-old Italian won last year's GP2 Series, although he has no prior F1 race experience. 

Another option is to hand reserve driver Jerome d'Ambrosio the drive. The 27-year-old Belgian has 20 Grand Prix starts to his name and was drafted into Romain Grosjean's car for last year's Italian Grand Prix after the Frenchman was handed a one-race ban.