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Raikkonen completes F1 return test

Kimi Raikkonen completes his F1 return test in Spain
Kimi Raikkonen declared himself happy with his return to F1 machinery after completing a two-day test session in Valencia.

The Finn wracked up a total of 171 laps at the wheel of a 2010-spec Renault R30 as part of his preparations for the season ahead, when he will return to F1 with Lotus after two years in the WRC.

Although not using the new Lotus car or Pirelli race tyres, Raikkonen was pleased with how the test went and said he was looking forward to his first run in the new car at Jerez next month.

“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.”

Trackside operations engineer Alan Permane meanwhile was again pleased with Raikkonen's performance behind the wheel.

“We enjoyed another good day with Kimi in Valencia,” he said. “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.”



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sodesu - Unregistered

January 25, 2012 12:15 PM

Richard, what would you compare it to though? It's a 2010 car running on Pirellis, I doubt anyone else has done that on that track before. And that makes any comparison pretty pointless really, since that chassis was built to race on Bridgestones. I guess you could work some kind of comparison out by taking the times the 2010 cars had on Pirellis in Abu Dhabi compared to what they did on Bridgestones on the two respective tracks, but even then I doubt it would mean much. You'll just have to wait and see! :P

cratchet

January 25, 2012 9:08 PM

Kimi's car was running on what Pirelli describe as their 'demonstator' tyres, that have a much longer lifespan than any of their competetive tyres which would make any meaningfull comparisons that much more difficult, still it would be nice to know wouldn't it. I hope he gets up to speed quickly and that he has a half decent car under him, he is one driver that I really liked when he was in F1 last time, crickey I even enjoyed his wins with Ferrari and that is some admission from me! Hope he doesn't let the media circus get under his skin like last time!



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