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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 15:32  
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Kimi Raikkonen drives F1 car for the first time since joining Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen has returned to the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time since the end of 2009, driving a two-year-old Renault R30 at Valencia as he reacclimatises himself to the sport with Lotus.

Raikkonen arrived at the track at 0830 CET and took to the wheel of a two-year-old Renault R30 car - painted in Lotus's contemporary black and gold livery and using Pirelli's demonstration-spec rubber - for an installation lap just after 0900.

The Finn is taking part in a two-day session designed to help him reacclimatise himself with grand prix machinery. His first test with the team's 2012 car will take place at Jerez early next month.

Under the terms of F1's strict testing limitations, teams are not allowed to run contemporary F1 machinery apart from at designated tests. However, machinery that is two years old is free from such restrictions - which is why Lotus is able to run him in a 2010 Renault car that is fitted with demo rubber.

Raikkonen last raced in F1 in 2009, when he was dropped by Ferrari and chose to switch to the World Rally Championship for the following year. He competed there for two seasons.

Keen to return to racing, however, Raikkonen briefly tried the NASCAR truck series last year before eventually agreeing a deal with Lotus to return to F1 in 2012.

Raikkonen said last month that he believed the biggest hurdle he faced in returning to F1 was getting used to the tyres.

He told the Lotus website: "I don't think I've lost any speed. Getting on top of the tyres will be the hardest thing, of course, but I'm not really worried."
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 15:55  
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Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he never expected to return to F1 - on the day he drove a F1 car for the first time in three years.

Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News as he prepared to shake off a few cobwebs by driving a Renault R30 in a private test session at Valencia, Raikkonen, who left the sport at the end of 2009 to compete in rallying, conceded that his return to F1 with the recently-rebranded Lotus team was not something he had planned for.

"I had no plans for the future," he told the broadcasters. "There was different choices for this year but I really wanted to do racing - I did some Nascar last year and I really enjoyed competing against people again. It was then that I decided to do some racing again and F1 is the highest level of racing and where people want to be."

Raikkonen's comeback has already generated huge interest and his outing at Valencia has effectively marked the start of the winter test season.

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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 15:58  
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Raikkonen makes return (0:26)
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 Post subject: Re: Kimi Raikkonen returns to F1 with Lotus Renault GP
PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 16:02  
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The R30 still looks as stunning as ever, glinting in the sun with Kimi at the wheel! #F1 #Raikkonen http://yfrog.com/mmjiaggj


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We need to tell Kimi to slow down, @Lotus_F1Team 's camera can barely keep up! #F1 #Raikkonen http://yfrog.com/h73gpmhj
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Gosh its finally happened.... See Kimi back in f1 car again
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Raikkonen tests 2010 Renault in Valencia:

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Kimi brings the R30 home after his final run. We want more already! #F1 #Raikkonen http://pic.twitter.com/5lJKf6OK

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The #Iceman 's work today is done. His next run can't come soon enough! #Raikkonen #F1 http://pic.twitter.com/IQFY1IkU


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The #Iceman is back! #Raikkonen #F1

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Kimi shares his thoughts with the team after his final run! #F1 #Raikkonen http://pic.twitter.com/UiOh2tpx


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:<>: Now he talks too much. Well not really :D He didn't sound so monotonic as he used to do some years ago. Ice thanks for the video :thumbsup:
How did Sky Sport get that interview. Wasn't it a closed session. Spies ''hmm''
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I uploaded all the Hi-res pictures available at Lotus media center. You can download them from mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/?85qd0y7hbqoqs3l
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I uploaded all the Hi-res pictures available at Lotus media center. You can download them from mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/?85qd0y7hbqoqs3l


Thanks Iceman!!! :hug: :thumbsup: :shhh:

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Love the low winter sun shots. Pre-season is possibly my favourite time of year :p

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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 18:14  
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iceman1 wrote:
I uploaded all the Hi-res pictures available at Lotus media center. You can download them from mediafire:

http://www.mediafire.com/?85qd0y7hbqoqs3l


Thanks Iceman!!! :hug: :thumbsup: :shhh:


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PostPosted: 23 Jan 2012, 18:37  
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It's great to the the #Raikkonen name back where it belongs; on an#F1 car! http://yfrog.com/esmjrrhj


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I don't know who writes these tweets but he/she is in love with Kimi :n
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