Injured Räikkönen vows to start race
21 September 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen has vowed to contest the Singapore Grand Prix, despite suffering a back issue that played a role in his exit from the second qualifying phase on Saturday.
The Lotus driver, who will start the race from 13th position, has been hit with severe pain due to a trapped nerve. Although he took part in qualifying, it is understood that the Enstone-based team was close to calling up reserve driver Davide Valsecchi.
"This morning was very bad," said Räikkönen, referring to the pain he suffered in the final practice session. "I couldn't really try, so we probably didn't get done what we wanted. But at least we got the car on the grid. We will race and see what happens."
This left Romain Grosjean to lead the outfit's charge, the Frenchman living up to expectations by edging ahead of Red Bull rival Mark Webber for third on the grid.
"The car has been OK today," said Grosjean, who was hindered by steering issues on Friday. "We weren't as fast as we had expected to be in Q1, but the team did a good strategy to get two timed attempts in Q3. It's good to be at the front for this Grand Prix."