Belgian GP: Kimi Raikkonen misses day because of illness

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen will not attend Thursday's media sessions ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix after his Lotus team said he was feeling unwell.

The 33-year-old's future has been much debated, with BBC Sport's F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan saying the Finn wants to move to Ferrari next season.

Jordan thinks a deal could be announced at next month's Italian Grand Prix, but Ferrari have denied the claim.

Raikkonen is still expected to take part in Friday's first practice at Spa.

Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso drive through Eau Rouge

Meanwhile, Raikkonen's manager Steve Robertson said his driver would be happy to stay at Lotus for a third season if they can provide assurances about their financial and technical future.

"Lotus hold the key to Raikkonen's future," said Robertson.

"If the team can provide him with the answers he is seeking, which will ensure he has a car that can fight for race wins and the championship, then he will stay."

Raikkonen will be chasing his fifth Belgian Grand Prix win on Sunday as he looks to close the 38-point deficit to Red Bull's championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Belgian Grand Prix, day one

Friday 23 August:
First practice at 08:55 BST, plus live text commentary online. Second practice at 12:50 BST on BBC Two plus live text commentary online

Belgian Grand Prix, day two

Saturday 24 August :
Final practice at 09:55 BST on BBC Two, plus live text commentary online. Qualifying at 12:10 BST on BBC One plus live text commentary online

Belgian Grand Prix, day three

Sunday 25 August:
Race coverage at 12:10 BST on BBC One & BBC Red Button at 13:00 BST, Radio 5 live, plus live text commentary online. F1 Forum, 15:15 BBC Red Button (IPTV only). Highlights, 19:00 BBC Three & BBC Red Button

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