Kimi Raikkonen is to miss the final two races of the 2013 Formula 1 season because of back problems. The Finn aggravated his back injury in training and now needs to undergo back surgery in order to be fully fit for the start of the 2014 season, when he will rejoin Ferrari. Raikkonen will undergo surgery in Salzburg, Austria.
Lotus has not said anything as yet but the replacement driver will be F1 new boy Davide Valsecchi, the team’s nominated reserve. The 26-year-old Italian was the GP2 Champion last year but has not raced this year, despite attending all the Grands Prix with the team.
Valsecchi’s F1 experience includes driving an HRT in the young driver test in 2010. He then became the Lotus (Caterham) test driver in 2011 and drove a car in Malaysia and has since done other tests with Lotus F1 Team.