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Raikkonen to judge back injury during practice

Sep 28, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Kimi Raikkonen has said that he will assess his back injury during Friday practice for the Korean Grand Prix after suffering from problems in Singapore last weekend.

The Finn has suffered from a back issue for a while, but it became particularly problematic last weekend at the Marina Bay Street Circuit on Saturday. Raikkonen failed to complete many laps in the final practice session, and he could only qualify thirteenth for the race. However, after racing to finish P3 on Sunday, the Finn said that the problem was not too bad during the race, but he is still going to be cautious heading into the race in Korea.

“It’s better than it was on Saturday in Singapore which is when it didn’t feel too good,” Raikkonen said when asked how his back was feeling. “The important thing was that I was able to race and we did a pretty good job with the podium finish.

“It’s not the first time I’ve had a problem, as there have been some issues with my back for a long time. For sure, we will have to see how it is when I get out on track on Friday in Korea.”

Raikkonen said that he was hoping to build upon his strong performance on race day in Singapore, with the result being his first top-ten finish since the Hungarian Grand Prix before the summer break.

“Let’s hope we are able to maintain the strong form from Sunday in Singapore,” he said. “The car felt good for the whole race and it was a nice feeling racing too. The main focus is to keep this positive feeling and benefit from it in the next races.”

  1. azmanakasah - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Get Well Soon Kimi…

  2. worknman24hours - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Kimi wrecked badly during his time in WRC and REALLY screwed up his back.

    Formula One cars are notoriously hard on a healthy persons back-add a profound weakness caused by a nagging injury and what you have here is the end of Kimi Raikonnen’s racing career.

    Kimi will fight the pain like the true champion he is but you can’t fix a back that has permanent damage and I think Kimi is hiding just how bad he screwed his back up in that WRC wreck all those years ago.

    I just hope he doesn’t go so long he really messes his health up so bad he lives in extreme pain for the rest of his life.

    Back injuries can really destroy anything good you have left in your life.

    If you have too, Kimster, retire and get fat and make babies and spend your money and party.

    You’re already a World Champion and so rich you can wipe your axx with hundred dollar bills for the rest of your life and never run out of money.

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