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Injured Raikkonen says, he is ready for night race



lotu-raik-sing-2013-31-886x590Kimi Raikkonen is  hopeful he can to race in Singapore Grand Prix despite a bad back-pain that played a drama in his exit from the qualifying Q2 on Saturday.

The Finn completed limited running in the third practice session and had pain-killing injections ahead of qualifying in an attempt to allow him to take part. He will start the race from 13th position.

“I think I’ll be fine,” he said. “It’s not the first time and I don’t think it will be the last time. I think it’s a combination really and this morning [in FP3] we couldn’t really try so we didn’t do what we were supposed to do. That’s how it goes.” Raikkonen said

Team principal Eric Boullier said: “With the injection from the pain killer he doesn’t feel anything but I think we will have to monitor it during the night and see tomorrow,”

“It’s not the best weekend so far and there are a lot of stories around. It’s true that maybe the back pain is something on top of everything that didn’t help.”

Asked specifically about the missing payments, Boullier added: “The timing is not the right one and it’s never good to go public with this kind of thing. We owe him money, that’s true, but we had to give priority to our people first and manage our cashflow. There are no dramas, the budget is covered and guaranteed, it’s just a cashflow issue. It’s a little bit sad that we have to deal with it in the build up to a race.”


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