Back pain too severe to race in Austin says disappointed Raikkonen 12 November, 2013 Kimi’s escape from Hockenheim in 2012 did little to help his back pain With scepticism greeting news of his early ‘retirement’ in 2013, Kimi Raikkonen has come out and said he has to have surgery on his back to end what has become unbearable pain. Some linked the Finn’s imminent surgery this week, ahead of the final Austin-Brazil double header of the 2013 season, with his Lotus pay dispute and deteriorating relationship with the Enstone based team. But Raikkonen, who is switching to Ferrari next year and had a seat fitting at Maranello late last week, said on Monday that he is “disappointed” he will not finish the 2013 season. “I would have gladly driven, but the pain is just too bad — I can not even think about getting in the car,” the 2007 world champion told Finland’s Turun Sanomat newspaper. Raikkonen’s manager Steve Robertson added: “It has been so intense in the past few days that he has not been able to sleep without pain killers.” (GMM) Related NewsBarrichello says he nearly replaced Raikkonen for final two racesBriatore: US GP showed that Lotus made very bad choice with KovalainenGrosjean rises to occasion and seizes role of Lotus team leaderGrosjean: I’m very proud to represent Lotus and my guys that are working in EnstoneLotus: It’s been another positive weekend for the teamDubai Expo 2020 bid logo featured on Lotus in AustinKovalainen: I’ve done everything to step into Kimi’s shoes, I’ve even worn his underwearLotus: Our long run pace looks good and we’re feeling quite confidentLotus: Kovalainen’s done a brilliant job, particularly getting used to driving a new carLotus: We were happy with the pace from both drivers, particularly on the long runs Spartacus I’m sure there’s a clause in his contract that states if he’s unable to drive for medical reasons there will not be any penalty for him. Red Bull Cheats Lotus, you deserve this pain. You can enjoy Grosjean and his 5th place in the next 2 races compared the to 2nd or 3rd Kimi would have given you. “Get out of the f#€£ing way Lotus.” fools Epic. Anthony Berger This is the start of a declining career. At least that is what I have observed from athletes who started to have the chronic disease. Hope he can still bounce back though because he is one of the most exciting drivers in F1 these days.