Kimi Raikkonen has carried out a seat fitting at Lotus' Enstone base ahead of his return to F1 competition this season.

The Finn carried out the seat fitting ahead of a proposed run in an older car, which would take place before his first appearance in the new Lotus challenger in the opening pre-season test of the campaign in Jerez next month.

"The last time I was at Enstone I quickly jumped into a seat, but this is indeed the first time I have properly sat in an F1 car with a helmet on since the last race of 2009," Raikkonen said.

"It felt a bit odd at first because the cockpit seems a bit small, but that's normal. It's just like in the past when I have done seat fittings - it feels a bit strange when you first step into the car but you quickly adjust. It will be nice to get back to racing.

"You spend so much time sitting in the car so the position is really crucial, it needs to be 100 per cent right.

"I'd rather spend a lot of time getting it right at this time of the year because there are many races in the season and you sit behind the wheel a lot. Getting it right the first time is imperative."