Recovery begins: Back surgery a success

Source: iltalehti.fi | ts.fi | MTV3Sport

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Ferrari bound Kimi Raikkonen is now recovering from successful back surgery, according to Finland’s MTV Sport.

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.

The surgery, performed on Thursday, “went well”, MTV reported, and 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.

Statement from Lotus F1 Team:

‏@Lotus_F1Team
Statement: As planned, Kimi Räikkönen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg.
@Lotus_F1Team
Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi.
@Lotus_F1Team
Kimi will now rest for a few days & he will start his recovery process as early as next week…
@Lotus_F1Team
Everyone at the track and at Enstone wishes him a quick recovery
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9 responses

  1. Leonardo L

    Good news. Thanks for letting us know.

    I wonder who will be looking after the Iceman while he is recovering? Saima, I hear you going to Switzerland? 😉

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    November 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm

  2. TiiuT

    It´s good to know, that Kimi´s mummy will be his personal “police / guard / angel”, who´ll be looking after him:)) I´m sure, everything will be OK and our Iceman will be like a brand-new – in very good health and strong! Totally prepared for Ferrari-life! Get well, KIMI!!

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    November 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm

  3. alex

    leave him alone..ha ha

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    November 15, 2013 at 8:25 pm

  4. gio

    Get well soon champ!
    Taking Kimi’s injury aside, I hope Kimi, Lotus (for their own sake) and ferrari learn something from all that happened before the operation.
    For Kimi, it may be his last two years in motor racing, so I think he needs to get his quali right and spend a bit more time in the garage when the tyres don’t suit him, especially when he has Fer on the opposite side.
    For Ferrari, I think its important for them to give Kimi space/liberty but also breathing constantly behind his neck, especially giving him a reliable car. Ferrari is packed with highly qualified people, its just wrong if the don’t get a competitive car…
    For Lotus (not that I care hehe) I think they need to learn how to treat people better, in Kimi they had a world champion but treated him like a rookie…

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    November 16, 2013 at 2:16 am

  5. Sakura

    Found the below news on Kimi on
    http://www.crash.net/f1/feature/198360/2/press_snoop_-_vettels_eight_winning_ways.html

    “There was also news from overseas confirming that Raikkonen had undergone successful back surgery Thursday. While he watched the race, the Lotus team reports he fell asleep half way through; the team handed out more music. “

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    November 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  6. lol nah…. I think they were just joking 🙂

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    November 18, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  7. Keith in CA

    Any details on Kimi’s back surgery and how the recovery is going? As a recovering back surgery patient myself, very interested. Our surgeries were less than two weeks apart.

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    December 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    • Hi Keith! Hope you are doing well. I can’t seem to find any news about Kimi, he certainly is enjoying his privacy lol

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      December 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

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