Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of a GP3 car at the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday in a bid to cure his F1-summer blues.
The Lotus driver who currently ranks second in the Championship was on hand to help GP3 organisers boost overtaking for 2014.
“We are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Kimi today,” GP3 Technical Director, Didier Perrin said. “His experience and feedback were invaluable and they gave us a better understanding of what needs to be done in order to make our car a better tool in overtaking opportunities for next season.
“He has confirmed all our hypothesis, and together we could start working on two development directions for the end of season testing.”
In total, Raikkonen clocked 58 laps of Catalunya with a fastest lap time of 1.34.780 – just over half a second off Tio Ellinas’ pole time for this year’s Spanish Grand Prix.
“I was curious to see how the car handled and it was actually fun to drive,” Raikkonen said after the test. “There were a few issues regarding its behaviour, but we managed to solve most of them. The GP3/13 is a very good tool for young drivers, especially when you have to learn about tyre management like we have in F1.”