GP Singapore, commenti post qualifiche–21/09/2013
Singapore GP: Kimi Raikkonen determined to race despite back pain
Kimi Raikkonen is determined to race in the Singapore Grand Prix despite the back pain that left him only 13th on the grid.
An issue related to a trapped nerve left the Lotus driver in severe discomfort on Saturday.
The team got reserve driver Davide Valsecchi prepared to stand in before Raikkonen was cleared to drive in qualifying.
"This morning was very bad," Raikkonen admitted.
"It was good that we drove in qualifying in the end but not the most nice."
Raikkonen felt the pain in practice had cost him crucial qualifying set-up time.
"This morning I couldn’t really try, so we probably didn’t get done what we wanted with the car," he said, "but at least we got the car on the grid and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow."
Asked if he felt he would be fit for the race, Raikkonen replied: "We will race and see what happens."
Kimi Räikkönen Pushing Through the Pain Barrier in Singapore
It’s been a tough few weeks on track for our Iceman, with a niggle in his back the latest piece of bad luck to befall the Finn. In typical fashion however, he’s ready to fight on when the green lights go out in Singapore..
A difficult day all round for you… talk us through it
Unfortunately today didn’t go to plan as an issue with my back meant I couldn’t really drive properly this morning, so we didn’t get everything done like we wanted in the practice session. It’s still quite painful and there wasn’t much more I could do in qualifying when you take that combination of things into account.
Will you recover in time for the race?
I had some physio treatment between the sessions today which helped, so hopefully it’ll improve some more in the time between now and the race. It’s painful, but this is not the first time I’ve driven with a back problem and it probably won’t be the last time either. I’ll be on the grid tomorrow and we’ll try to get the maximum from where we are at the start.
This is a tough race, even without carrying an injury; how will you hold up and what can you do from P13 on the grid?
The time is quite long but it’s still about 300km like any other race, so no different really. I’ll tell you how it was after the race. The car looks ok and we made some changes between practice and qualifying which felt a bit better, so let’s see what happens tomorrow.
Kimi Raikkonen expected to race despite back pain
Kimi Raikkonen will race in the Singapore GP despite suffering a back problem that left him 13th on the grid.
The Finn needed a pain-killing injection before qualifying after complaining of "very bad" discomfort in final practice.
"It was good we drove in qualifying in the end but not the most nice. We will race and see what happens," he said.
The pain was bad enough for Lotus to prepare reserve driver David Valsecchi before Raikkonen was cleared to drive.
Raikkonen has a long-standing back problem which occasionally flares up. Usually, driving the car frees it up but in Singapore it grew worse.
Raikkonen initially complained of some discomfort in Friday practice but on Saturday he was in significant pain, to the extent that he could not breathe while braking for Singapore’s 23 corners.
After the injection he was in no pain during qualifying, but he had lost time preparing his car in final practice and did not have the confidence to push as hard as he would have liked in qualifying.
Lotus expect Raikkonen to be able to race after further injections.
The Finn is leaving Lotus at the end of the season to join Ferrari, the team with which he won the World Championship in 2007.
The deal was announced earlier this month and will see Raikkonen team up with double world champion Fernando Alonso.
Raikkonen said on Friday that the reason he is leaving is because he has not been paid by his current team.