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Raikkonen hits track in Valencia - pictures

Kimi Raikkonen has returned to the cockpit of an F1 car in private testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

Kimi Raikkonen has taken another step on his path towards returning to F1 competition by climbing back into the cockpit of a single-seater at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

The outing, in one of the Lotus F1 team's Renault-powered R30 chassis from 2010, was announced last week and grants Raikkonen's wish to get some seat time in order to better prepare for his return from two years in the World Rally Championship. Official pre-season testing, where Raikkonen will have access to Lotus Racing's 2012 contender following its launch next Sunday, begins on Tuesday 7 February but, until then, the Finn can get as much track as he wants in an older-spec car, which has to run on tyres designed for demo runs rather than those built to full race specification.

The two-day test is the first F1 outing for the 2007 world champion since the 2009 season finale in Abu Dhabi, after which he turned his attention to rallying on a full-time basis.


For further images of Kimi behind the wheel of the R30 in Valencia click HERE


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Kimi Raikkonen prepares to test the Renault R30 at Valencia as he gears up for his 2012 F1 return with Lotus [Pic credit: Lotus]
Kimi Raikkonen prepares to test the Renault R30 at Valencia as he gears up for his 2012 F1 return with Lotus [Pic credit: Lotus]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the Renault R30 at Valencia, as he gears up for his 2012 F1 return with Lotus [Pic credit: Lotus]
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Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]
Kimi Raikkonen tests in Valencia   [pic credit: Lotus F1]

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«2PAC»

January 23, 2012 6:52 PM

I've never understood the excitement around Raikkonen. He's a very good driver but I don't think he's exiting on track and off track in interviews i fall asleep. I've nothing bad to say about the guy but can someone tell me why he has soo many fans and why people get so excited whenever his name is mentioned? I'm not being funny by the way, this is a serious question.



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