Vital F1 | Raikkonen's season is over
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Raikkonen's season is over

Kimi Raikkonen has raced his last race of 2013 and his last race for the Lotus F1 team.

The news that 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will miss the United States and Brazilian Grand Prix's brings a sad and disappointing end to his career with the Lotus team.

After going into a Formula One exile following his departure from Ferrari at the end of 2009, it was Lotus that brought back the now 34-year-old.

Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus appeared to be the perfect match, with Kimi able to perform at his outstanding best and Lotus able to push forward and compete with the likes of Red Bull Racing, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes.

Two Grand Prix victories have followed and Raikkonen has consistently been one of the 'best of the race' in the competition to come second to Sebastian Vettel.

But ever since the decision to leave Lotus for Ferrari, his relationship has gone downhill.

Despite not being paid until the end of the 2012 season, Raikkonen opted to make his pay dispute with the team for 2013 public.

The Finn is owed in the region of 14.5million, but as was the case last season, Lotus fully intended to pay him following the climax of the season on return of their prize money from Formula One and sponsorship deals.

Team and driver then had a spat during the Indian Grand Prix with a swear-word filled radio exchange, which forced both sides to apologise.

Then in the build up to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Kimi threatened to boycott the final races over his lack of pay.

But with the Quantum Motorsports investment almost complete, the argument over pay is almost resolved.

So why is Raikkonen not racing? According to his management team his old back injury which he aggravated at the Singapore Grand Prix now requires surgery.

'The experts recommend surgery. That will take place on Thursday in Salzburg, Austria.

'The most important thing right now is to sort out the back problem. Then Kimi can go into next season in the best of shape.'
Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson told Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat as quoted by the BBC.

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier was only informed of the decision late on Saturday.

The team now have less than a week to decide who will replace Kimi in Austin.

Lotus have been holding talks with Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg and Williams's Pastor Maldonado ahead of a move to the team for 2014, but it is highly unlikely that either driver will be able to get out of the current contracts early to make the move ahead of the end of the season.

The most likely scenario is that 2012 GP2 Champion and Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi will get the seat for the final two races.

'The team will make an announcement about the replacement driver for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix in due course,' a Lotus team statement told Sky Sports.








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 11 2013

Time: 9:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Blog: Sochi Preview (Wednesday April 26 2017)

Who will win in Russia? (Monday April 24 2017)

Grid penalty for Sainz in Russia (Thursday April 20 2017)

Mercedes to implement team orders? (Wednesday April 19 2017)

Blog: Bahrain GP Report (Monday April 17 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - Race (Sunday April 16 2017)

Blog: Sakhir Qualifying (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP3 (Saturday April 15 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP2 (Friday April 14 2017)

2017 Bahrain GP - FP1 (Friday April 14 2017)

Blog: Sakhir Preview (Wednesday April 12 2017)

Who will win in Bahrain? (Tuesday April 11 2017)

Hamilton loving battle with Vettel (Tuesday April 11 2017)

Blog: Chinese GP Report (Monday April 10 2017)

2017 China GP - Race (Sunday April 9 2017)

Blog: Shanghai Qualifying (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - Qualifying (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - FP3 (Saturday April 8 2017)

2017 China GP - FP2 (Friday April 7 2017)

2017 China GP - FP1 (Friday April 7 2017)

Blog: Shanghai Preview (Wednesday April 5 2017)

Honda to supply Sauber? (Wednesday April 5 2017)

Who will win in China? (Monday April 3 2017)

Mixed feelings for Red Bull (Friday March 31 2017)

Blog: Australian GP Report (Monday March 27 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Race (Sunday March 26 2017)

2017 Australia GP - Qualifying (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP3 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP2 (Saturday March 25 2017)

2017 Australia GP - FP1 (Saturday March 25 2017)

More calls to ban the shark fins (Friday March 24 2017)

Renault call for engine budget cap (Thursday March 23 2017)

Blog: Melbourne Preview (Thursday March 23 2017)

Renault can improve - Hopefully (Friday March 17 2017)

McLaren looking shaky (Wednesday March 15 2017)

Surtees dies aged 83 (Tuesday March 14 2017)

Ferrari end second test on top (Monday March 13 2017)

F1 ratings in UK collapse (Friday March 10 2017)

Brawn pushing for cash race for teams (Wednesday March 8 2017)

Ferrari on top in the wet (Friday March 3 2017)

New deal for Russian Grand Prix (Friday March 3 2017)

Merc and Ferrari pick up the pace (Thursday March 2 2017)

Ferrari faster than Mercedes? (Wednesday March 1 2017)

Bottas sees Hamilton as great challenge (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Horner calls for shark fin ban (Tuesday February 28 2017)

Alonso held talks with Mercedes (Monday February 27 2017)

Bottas targets F1 title (Friday February 24 2017)

Renault take Red Bull aero expert (Thursday February 23 2017)

Pirelli already making excuses? (Thursday February 23 2017)

Williams adds new head of aerodynamics (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Renault engine can beat Mercedes (Wednesday February 22 2017)

Allison announced at Mercedes (Tuesday February 21 2017)

New deals for Wolff and Lauda (Monday February 20 2017)

Wehrlein sidelined due to back injury (Monday February 20 2017)

Williams backs F1 budget cap (Monday February 20 2017)

Sauber launch 2017 car (Monday February 20 2017)

Hamilton sends warning shot to Bottas (Friday February 17 2017)

F1 to break the US market (Thursday February 16 2017)

Rosberg doesn't agree with his replacement (Wednesday February 15 2017)

F1 pecking order unlikely to change (Tuesday February 14 2017)

Important Pirelli tyre test ends early (Monday February 13 2017)

Todt believes F1 doesn't need changing (Thursday February 9 2017)

Ford not interested in joining F1 (Tuesday February 7 2017)

Wolff backs Bernie's influence (Monday February 6 2017)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. DJ 1132
2. Red5 1112
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 600
6. Druss_the_Legend 582
7. Push The Button 497
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 202
10. VanGisbergen2013 152

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Russia?
Vettel 31%
Hamilton 29%
Raikkonen 6%
Bottas 3%
Verstappen 19%
Ricciardo 3%
Someone else 9%