Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen arrived in Korea ready to race and even aiming to beat runaway championship leader Sebastian Vettel, despite not knowing whether or not a recurring back pain will scupper his ambitions for the weekend.
With reference to the back injury which re-emerged during the Singapore GP weekend, Raikkonen told media on Thursday, “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t racing, it would be pointless to come here if I didn’t think I would race. Obviously tomorrow we’ll see how it is; right now it’s OK but it’s always difficult to say until we drive and find out how it is, but I don’t think it should be a problem.
He also pointed out, “It isn’t the first time and I’m sure it’s not going to be the last time. It’s something that I’ve been dealing with for a long, long time and sometimes it gets bad and sometimes not.”
Speculation is that the injury stems from a testing accident Raikkonen suffered driving for Sauber in his rookie season back in 2001.
As for expectations in Korea the Finn said, “We beat them before this season and I’m sure there’s … a chance to beat them later again. Obviously they’ve been pretty strong in the last few races but we’ll try and see what happens.”
“They’ve been strong all year. For sure they had a few races when they were probably not as strong as some people expected but lately they’ve been very strong. Hopefully with us going to more normal circuits it will level out a bit,” said Raikkonen who has been on the podium seven times this season, once on the top step in Melbourne. (GP247)
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