Surgery rules Raikkonen out of final two races of 2013 season

Kimi Raikkonen is to miss the final 2 races of the 2013 season due to a back injury, his management have confirmed today.

The Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat have reported the news today, and was soon confirmed by Sky Sports. Raikkonen previously complained of back pain during the Singapore Grand Prix, due to the bumpy nature of the track.

This means that his appearance for Lotus at last week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was his last for the team. Unfortunately, it ended at the first corner, in a clash with Giedo van der Garde.

He will undergo an operation on his injury next week. Is is currently unknown who his replacement will be, although reserve driver and 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi is the current favourite.

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