Raikkonen back injury sparks booze-up rumours 22 September, 2013 Kimi Raikkonen speaks to media in Singapore It is no surprise that news of Kimi Raikkonen’s back injury caused some eyebrows to raise in the Singapore paddock, with a few even claiming that he might have been hurt during a booze-up. That’s because the news followed so hot on the heels of the Finn’s controversial revelation that he is only leaving Lotus for Ferrari next year because he has not been paid. And the common paddock perception is that Raikkonen’s ‘illness’ that caused him to sit out Thursday’s proceedings at Spa recently was simply his lack of desire to attend. Now, Raikkonen qualifying 13th in Singapore, ten places behind Romain Grosjean, is apparently due to a pinched nerve in his back. “Perhaps he should pad his seat with wads of money?” one paddock cynic said mischievously late on Saturday. Sources insist, however, that the ‘Iceman’ really does have a painfully bad back. The official story, according to Bild am Sonntag newspaper, is that the injury dates back to a huge backwards testing crash at Magny Cours in 2001. Correspondents Frank Schneider and Nicola Pohl have heard something different – Raikkonen hurt his back in an alcohol-fueled stumble on a staircase. A Lotus team member said without elaborating: “There was an incident.” (GMM) Subbed by AJN. Related NewsLotus in three race deal with HisenseLotus: Highly unfortunate we had to retire both carsLotus: It’s going to be a tough raceLotus: There is further potential from the E22 in SpaLotus close to Mercedes engine deal reveals WolffLopez denies Genii financial troublesLotus to drop tusk nose for 2015Maldonado: We are hungrier than everGrosjean: Despite the difficulties, I feel positiveThe difference a year makes for Lotus and Williams Boycottthebull I mentioned Kimis poor work and fitness ethic on other comments sections and got totally slated. I guess when its about Kimi, its hear no evil speak no evil. Yet people like Alonso and Button are totally bad mouthed, I dont get why Kimi is so untouchable and im a Lotus supporter? joff The thing is Kimi is as straight as them come !!! He takes no crap and won’t sugar coat anything when things are wrong. He seems to work hard and his fitness this year has seemed fine. The big thing seems to revolve around his drinking but who doesn’t like a drink so get over it. Button is a sly snake who is all smiles and niceness in public but will stab you in the back as soon as he can to gain any little thing. He did it to Hamilton, he wormed his way of of a williams contract and did the same with honda/BAR. Alonso is just a firey spaniard who has outbursts now and then but overall is the best on the grid. To be honest I can’t blame Kimi for wanting out of lotus if he wasn’t getting paid, I don’t know anyone who work for nothing so why should Kimi. Lotus want a telling of Bearnie as it makes F1 look bad when a front running team can’t find funds to pay their star driver and lotus are out of order for slagging Kimi off when her went public. McLarenfan Yea slate the Iceman who Does the job while not paid BACKSTABBERS RoyA Eventually he was third. So shut up all and enjoy pure racing! sun esp, Boycottthebull. stop whining and if you cant appreciate a great driver, shut up. BigE Anyone who supports LOLtus obviously is a fondue eating surrender monkey.