Kimi Raikkonen has denied his motivation is dwindling as he completes his final races for Lotus before moving to Ferrari for 2014.

On Friday the Finn made a rare error losing the rear of his Lotus and crashing heavily exiting the final turn at Yeongam, it was Raikkonen's first major crash since returning to F1.

"It must have been about 2008," the 33-year-old replied after being asked about the last time he crashed in such a way.

Raikkonen's motivation has been a topic of debate after all the Finn fell away from the championship battle, and is currently racing without pay before he leaves the team at the end of the season.

"For me, nothing changes," he insisted. "The title is gone but I still fight for wins and podiums.

"The fact that I have signed for another team changes nothing, as I'm not interested in just rolling around."

After his crash some concerns had also been raised about his injured back with the Finn already suffering from pain before his high force impact, speaking after practice Raikkonen said his back was "ok" though he was having to avoid some of the harsher turns around the track.

Meanwhile the question of who will replace Raikkonen at Lotus continues to be asked. Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg are the current front runners for the seat alongside Romain Grosjean but another man is also on the list.

Reserve driver and current GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi has rarely been mentioned by those looking at possible replacements but team boss Eric Boullier said the Italian was in with a shout.

"Massa and Hulkenberg are strong candidates," he is quoted by Tuttosport, "but there are many other names (in the running), to be honest.

"Felipe and Nico are not the only ones on the list. There is also Davide.

"It is true that his lack of experience, compared to Felipe and Nico, does not make him the favourite, but he is obviously on the list," Boullier added.

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