Video: Raikkonen's test session at Valencia

By on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen © Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team driver Kimi Raikkonen completed the first day of running as part of his private testing session at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The Finnish driver had a good day’s work as he completed around 300km behind the wheel of the team’s 2010-spec Renault R30 which was fitted with Pirelli demonstration tyres.

“It was a good first day! Having not driven a Formula 1 car for two years and obviously with a new team, there is a lot to get used to. I’m happy because I was pretty quick to get back in the groove. Obviously you get more into the zone with the more laps you complete, as you discover more about the car and the tyres. Knowing when to turn, brake, and when to get on the power didn’t take long at all. The good thing is that running today gives me something to compare the new car to, so I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully we’ll be fast straight away and it’s going to be an interesting season,” said Raikkonen in an official statement from the team regarding his first day back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car after a two-year absence away from the sport.

Team principal of Lotus, Eric Boullier was also pleased with the day's progress and added, “I must say today was very positive. You can see that the whole team is pleased with Kimi’s feedback, and Kimi himself seemed very happy to be back behind the wheel. He got the feel of the car very quickly and it’s good to see him building a strong relationship with the team. Obviously, the R30 is different to the new car, but he is clearly excited to get started at the first test in Jerez. Our team is made up of true racing people, and Kimi fits into that very well.”

Alan Permane, the trackside operations engineer at Lotus is also quoted as saying, “The day went pretty much as we planned, which is great. Kimi was on the pace we expected straight away. He completed around 300km, going through three sets of tyres. It leaves us with four sets for tomorrow, meaning we can run a bit longer. We worked on getting him comfortable in the car, giving him a feel for the setup changes, and helping him get to know his engineers. It’s always great to work with a top driver who is not just quick, but professional, and Kimi has all of those characteristics. His feedback is excellent, his requests are concise and to the point. We’re looking forward to a good season with him."

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