Kimi Raikkonen says he expects to be fit enough to drive in Korea in under a fortnight’s time after serious back troubles nearly saw him drop out of the Singapore weekend.
The Lotus driver was almost replaced for the race after injuring his back, but managed to fight through the pain thanks to painkillers.
With concerns after the race that it could get worse, he admitted he was unsure if he’d be in a condition to drive at the next race, but now insists he “should be OK”.
“We will have to see [how it is]. I think it should be OK and we will try to do a better overall weekend there [in Korea],” said the Finn.
Raikkonen admitted he was quite happy with third place, especially considering he almost dropped out of the weekend.
“I didn’t feel it too much during the race but obviously afterwards it’s not ideal and on Saturday it was pretty bad,” he added. “I almost didn’t drive, so between that and finishing third I think we have to be happy – and hopefully we can sort those problems for the next race.
“It’s not the first time. For a long time there have been some issues with my back. I know that I have some work to do at the end of the year so we have to see what we do.”