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Successful back surgery for Raikkonen 15 Nov 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Race Day, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Sunday, 3 November 2013

Lotus have confirmed that their driver Kimi Raikkonen underwent his planned back surgery on Thursday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg in France. According to the doctor in charge, Professor Afshin Gangi, the operation was a complete success.

Raikkonen, who moves to Ferrari for next season, elected to miss the final two rounds of 2013 to undergo the surgery in order to solve a recurrent back problem. The Finn will now rest for a few days and is expected to start his recovery process as early as next week.

Compatriot Heikki Kovalainen is racing in place of Raikkonen at Lotus for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix.

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