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.”