Raikkonen opts for surgery and ends season

Kimi Raikkonen’s  (8/1 – World Drivers’ Championship 2014 outright) season, and career with Lotus, has come to an early end after the driver made the decision to undergo back surgery, his manager has claimed.

The Finn had threatened to boycott the final two races over a pay dispute but Lotus have since stated he would compete in the USA and Brazil.

However, injury has now ended Raikkonen’s campaign, according to his manager Steve Robertson, as the 34-year-old has made the decision not to delay surgery until the 2013 season is over.

Robertson told Turun Sanomat: “In an ideal world it would have been nice to finish the season with Lotus.

“However, due to the severe pain that Kimi is having, sadly it is not possible.”

Lotus are yet to respond to the reports but it would seem as Raikkonen’s career with the team is now over as he has agreed a two-year deal with rivals Ferrari ahead of next term.

Lotus reserve driver Davide Valsecchi is expected to partner Romain Grosjean in Raikkonen’s absence in both the USA and Brazil.

Grosjean can be backed at 16/1 to win the USA GP next Sunday, while Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull is the 1/3 favourite to take maximum points in the penultimate race of the season.

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