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Raikkonen back surgery a success

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Lotus has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen has undergone a successful operation on his back.

It was announced ahead of the United States Grand Prix that Raikkonen required back surgery and would miss the final two races of the season, with Lotus eventually hiring Heikki Kovalainen to replace him in Austin and Brazil. The team announced on Friday morning that the operation had gone well and that Raikkonen's recovery would start soon.

"As planned, Kimi Räikkönen 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."

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