Räikkönen not concerned by back
3 October 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen is confident that he will be able to contest this weekend's Korean Grand Prix, despite the flare-up of a back injury in Singapore a fortnight ago.
The Finn, who is returning to Ferrari next season, narrowly avoided pulling out at the Marina Bay street venue, with the bumpy nature of the circuit accentuating a back complaint which is linked to his high-speed testing crash at Magny Cours in 2001.
Although he admits his condition cannot be fully assessed until Friday practice at Yeongam, Räikkönen feels he has recovered sufficiently during the two-week break.
"I wouldn't be here if I was not going to be racing," Räikkönen explained. "It would be a bit pointless to come here if I didn't think that I would race. Tomorrow we'll see. Right now it's OK. It's always difficult to say until you drive, but I think it should be fine.
"Once we try it, I'll know more. Like I said at the last race, this wasn't the first time and I'm sure it won't be the last. It's something that I've been dealing with for a long time."
Räikkönen occupies fourth position in the championship standings with six rounds remaining, 98 points behind Red Bull rival and current leader Sebastian Vettel.