Kimi Raikkonen will make a return to F1 machinery later this month after the Lotus team confirmed the date on which he will drive its 2010-spec car.
Following the surprise announcement that he would drive for the team next season after two years competing in the World Rally Championship, Raikkonen was quoted as saying that he was hopeful of being able to drive a two-year old car some time in January ahead of pre-season testing.
While regulations state that Raikkonen cannot run in the new 2012 car until the opening test of the season at Jerez, the Finn is able to drive a car from 2010 – albeit fitted with tyres designed for demonstration runs and not to full race specification.
Having carried out a seat fitting at Enstone last week, Lotus has now confirmed that the test will take place in Spain on 23/24 January using a car as raced by Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov in 2010.
“We can now confirm that Kimi Raikkonen will be completing some mileage in the team's R30 car at Valencia on 23rd/24th January,” a brief missive on the OfficialLRGP Twitter
The two-day test will mark the first time Raikkonen has got behind the wheel of an F1 car since his final race for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi back in 2009.