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Raikkonen to miss Mugello test

Lotus elects to change its programme for the Mugello test, with no seat time for Kimi Raikkonen
Lotus has confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen won't test as planned at Mugello this week following the poor weather that affected day one in Italy.

The team was only able to complete limited running due to the rain that fell during the day, with test driver Jerome D'Ambrosio limited to just 40 laps as a result.

Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean were due to share driving duties for the final two days of running but with the prospect of more uncertain weather, the team has instead elected to use Grosjean for the final two days instead to benefit more from the time on track.

“It was not the most ideal day, but in spite of the weather we managed to get some useful laps on the board,” trackside operations director Alan Permane said at the end of day one. “Of course, it was the first taste of the E20 for Jerome who was very happy with the car including his seating position and all the controls. This is important, as it means he will be much better prepared if called upon again further into the season.

“The mixed conditions, running intermediates to start and then switching to the medium compound slicks, also gives us a good base line for Romain over the next two days. We've opted for one driver for the next two days so we can make better use of the time after losing this afternoon's running.”


Tagged as: Kimi Raikkonen , Mugello , Lotus

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