Korean GP: Kimi Raikkonen reveals back injury issue

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Kimi Raikkonen confirmed that he will wait and see how his ongoing back problem is before deciding if he will race for Lotus in Korean Grand Prix.

The 33-year-old Finnish driver, who will be departing the team at the end of the season to link up with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, revealed that his back injury had flared up during last Saturday’s qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

And, despite Raikkonen continuing to race on the Sunday and securing a podium finish, he admitted that the problem has been plaguing him for a while and he will have to see how he fares on Friday in practice at Yeongam.

Should he be fit enough to race in Korea, Raikkonen is hoping for another positive performance as he looks to end his time with Lotus on a high in the final six races of the campaign.

“Let’s hope we are able to maintain the strong form from Sunday in Singapore. 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, ” Raikkonen said.

“The main target is to have a better weekend overall compared to what we saw in Singapore. Obviously, we didn’t have the best qualifying and it makes things easier if you start in the top ten.”

Despite appearing to hold title hopes earlier in the season, Raikkonen looks now to have too much ground to make up on championship leader Sebastian Vettel and is 98 points adrift in fourth with six races to go.

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