With speculation over his future at melting point, Kimi Raikkonen called in sick on Thursday.
Earlier, as the F1's media spotlight prepared to shine on the Finn as he chooses between Lotus, Red Bull and Ferrari for 2014, Reuters correspondent Alan Baldwin described the 2007 world champion as "the least garrulous" driver on the grid.
And yet, Baldwin added, he is "the man everyone is talking about" ahead of the Belgian grand prix, the first race after F1's forced August slumber.
Raikkonen's media rounds would have been packed to the rafters on Thursday, but the 33-year-old is not yet at Spa.
Lotus said Raikkonen is unwell, but will be present for Friday's free practice...
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