Raikkonen not expecting back problems

Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t expect his back to be an issue in Korea this weekend, although he admits that he won’t know for sure until he drives in FP1.

I wouldn’t be here if I wouldn’t be racing,” he said on Thursday. “It would be a bit pointless to come here if I wouldn’t think I would race. But obviously tomorrow we’ll see. Right now it’s always difficult to say until we drive and try how it is. But I think it should be OK.

Once we try tomorrow, we’ll know more. Like I said in the last race it’s not the first time, and I’m sure it’s not going to be the last time. It’s something that I’ve dealt with for a long, long time. Sometimes it gets bad and sometimes not so.”

Asked if he would have to address the problem in the winter, he said: “I’ve been OK every year I’ve been racing. Sometimes I have to deal with the pain, but every year you get older and you come up with more issues. I’m sure we can deal with those things.”

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