Räikkönen to be fully recovered for Korea?
25 September 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen reckons he should be fine in Korea next week and he doesn’t believe his back problems will be an issue.
The Finn struggled in Singapore last weekend, particularly on the Saturday during final practice and qualifying.
However, on the Sunday he drove through the pain barrier and was rewarded with yet another podium, his seventh of the year.
“We will have to see [how my back is]. [But] I think it should be OK [in Korea] and we will try to do a better overall weekend there,” the Lotus pilot said following the 13th round in the 2013 F1 World Championship.
“I didn’t feel it too much during the race but obviously afterwards it’s not ideal and on Saturday it was pretty bad,” he continued. “I almost didn’t drive, so between that and finishing third I think we have to be happy – and hopefully we can sort those problems for the next race.
“It’s not the first time. For a long time there have been some issues with my back. I know that I have some work to do at the end of the year so we have to see what we do.”
Asked if it was the most painful weekend he had ever had, Kimi added: “I had some pain on Saturday but for sure there have maybe been some more painful weekend’s where something goes wrong, it doesn’t always have to be physical pain, there can be something... you don’t finish the race which is more painful in a way.
“Other things sometimes happen like this weekend and you have to live with it,” he summed-up.