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Alfa Romeo confirms Raikkonen will take part in Friday practice

  • Published on 29 Aug 2019 13:37
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Alfa Romeo has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will take part Friday practice ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, after he pulled a muscle during the summer break.

Marcus Ericsson flew to Spa-Francorchamps as there was doubt over whether or not Raikkonen could drive this weekend.

Alfa Romeo has not commented on whether or not Raikkonen will be in the car past Friday, as it is likely that he will be evaluated by the team after the day's running.

“If you ask me the break could always be longer as I enjoyed time with my family a lot, but I’m also looking forward to be back in the car," Raikkonen said. 

"I’ve just been told that I’m called ‘The King of Spa’ because I’ve won there several times, but that doesn’t mean anything to me.

"Yes, it’s my favourite track, but more important is that we work hard to get the best out of the car and continue our good run from the last races before the break.”

In 2013, Raikkonen missed out on two races at the end of the season as he underwent back surgery. Heikki Kovalainen replaced him on that occasion.  

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  • Kean

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    He'll be in the car. Mark my words. It's the iceman. Pity Ericsson misses the Portland race.

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    • Aug 29 2019 - 14:56
  • Ericsson will probably be looking for a seat in another. If you don't have the stomach/cohones for oval tracks you ain't gonna make in Indycar.

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    • Aug 29 2019 - 19:00
    • Kean

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      Ericsson doesn't have a problem racing ovals. In fact he says he enjoys it. He just needs to stay out of the dirt, and stop making silly mistakes by pushing too hard.

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      • Aug 30 2019 - 16:02

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