Raikkonen surgery successful now month of recovery begins
15 November, 2013
Ferrari bound Kimi Raikkonen is now recovering from successful back surgery, according to Lotus.
“As planned, Kimi Räikkönen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg. Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi,” the team announced in a statement to the media.
“Kimi will now rest for a few days and he will start his recovery process as early as next week. Everyone at the track and at Enstone wishes him a quick recovery,” concluded the statement.
After suffering with severe pain from an old back injury at grands prix recently, the Finn elected to sit out the last two races of 2013 in order to have the operation well ahead of his 2014 switch to Ferrari.
MTV reported that the 34-year-old “can start light exercise in 4 to 6 weeks (time)”.
For the last two races of 2013 in Austin and Brazil, Lotus replaced Raikkonen with his Finnish countryman Heikki Kovalainen. (GMM)
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