Kimi Raikkonen has successful back operation and is poised to start recovery
Finn had surgery on long-running back problem on Thursday
By William Esler. Last Updated: 18/11/13 4:40pm
Kimi Raikkonen has had successful back surgery
Kimi Raikkonen has had a successful operation on his back in France, Lotus have confirmed.
The Finn has been forced to miss the final two grands prix of the season due to a long-standing back problem and he underwent surgery at The University Hospital of Strasbourg on Thursday.
"As planned, Kimi Raikkonen underwent back surgery yesterday at The University Hospital of Strasbourg," a statement read.
"Lotus F1 Team is happy to report that the operation was totally successful, according to Professor Afshin Gangi.
"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."
Raikkonen will leave Lotus at the end of the season and join Ferrari for 2014.
Everyone at the track and at Enstone wishes him a quick recovery.- Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) November 15, 2013