2007 Formula One Drivers Champion, Kimi Raikkonen has returned to F1 today, getting back in the 2009 Renault car to warm up for his comeback in March. He spent a few hours driving at the Ricardo Tormo track in eastern Spain.
“The Iceman” Is to return to F1 at the season opening race in Australia after two years of Rallying.
Lotus, formerly Renault, said in a statement that the 32-year-old aimed to drive as many laps as possible in the two days in Valencia to get acquainted with his new team and reacclimatise himself with a Formula One car.
They issued a picture of Raikkonen, who last drove a Formula One car in 2009, on his first lap in the R30 – painted in Lotus’s black-and-gold livery – at the Ricardo Tormo track.
“It was nice to get back in the car,” Raikkonen told Sky Sports television at the circuit. “It was quite a few years since I have driven last time, so of course it takes a little while to get used to it. But the main driving, braking, turning and normal things doesn’t take many laps. “Of course to start learning about the car and the team and tyres and everything, that will take time,” he said.