Kimi Raikkonen back in F1 and driving for Lotus
Formula F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen has just returned from Valencia after completing a two-day testing session where he racked up something over 170 laps in last years Lotus Renault car.
He declared himself pleased with the results - and looking forward to the test in Jerez next month where he'll be getting to grips with next years Lotus and the new Pirelli tyres:
“It went well today and overall the two days have been helped me a lot,” he said. “Even though I was using a two year-old car and the Pirelli demonstration tyres, I learnt about working with the team and the engineers which means I can focus on the new car once we get to Jerez for the first official test. It was great to be driving an F1 car again and from that respect I feel very positive.”
Alan Permane, Raikkonen's trackside engineer also declared himself pleased having "...enjoyed another good day with Kimi in Valencia." He went on, “The morning was spent doing setup work in particular with front and rear cambers. In the afternoon we ran very low fuel qualifying simulations with two new sets of tyres followed by a 27 lap run starting with a full tank of fuel. Kimi's pace improved from yesterday as we would expect and we completed several start, pitstop and clutch simulations. We were even able to finish early as we completed our programme ahead of time. Overall it has been a productive and valuable two days.”
Too early to tell of course whether these positive noises mean a return to form for The Iceman, but things are so far, looking good.
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