The manager of Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that the Finn will skip the final two races of the season to undergo an operation on his injured back.
Raikkonen's representative, Steve Robertson, has admitted that his client is disappointed to leave his current team in this fashion, but increasing discomfort in recent weeks meant that surgery was necessary.
He told the publication 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."
Raikkonen stands third in the drivers' standings, having recorded seven podium finishes, including a victory in the season-opening Grand Prix in Australia, this year.