Kimi Raikkonen back behind the wheel as Lotus-Renault start testing for new Formula One season


Former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen had made his return to the track after two years away during a test session with new team Lotus-Renault.

Kimi Raikkonen back behind the wheel as Lotus-Renault start testing for new Formula One season

Back in the habit: Kimi Raikkonen with his new team Lotus-Renault Photo: EPA

Raikkonen, 32, was a winner of 18 grands prix before he switched to the World Rally Championship in 2009. He is currently in Valencia for two days of testing with the R30 2010 model, but next month will put this year’s model through its paces with team-mate Romain Grosjean at Jerez de la Frontera.

Raikkonen won his 2007 crown with Ferrari and then switched to rallying in 2009, before a spell with Nascar.

Last November he confirmed he was returning to Formula One with Lotus-Renault after signing a two-year contract.

“I had no plans for the future, I have no plans now for the future,” he said.

“There were 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.

“It takes a little bit of time to get used to it, but the main bits of driving – braking, turning, the normal things – don’t take many laps. But learning about the car, the team and the tyres will take time.”

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