Kimi concludes F1 comeback test

Lotus F1 Team driver Kimi Räkkönnen completed the second day of running as part of hisdriving session at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The Finnish driver continuedfrom yesterday’s good work, completing a further 91 laps making a total of 171 laps from thetwo days, a total of 666 km or the equivalent of more than two Grands Prix race distances.

Kimi Räkkönnen: “It went well today and overall the two days have been helped me a lot.Even though I was using a two year-old car and the Pirelli demonstration tyres, I learnt aboutworking with the team and the engineers which means I can focus on the new car once we getto Jerez for the first official test. It was great to be driving an F1 car again and from that respectI feel very positive.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Engineer: “We enjoyed another good day with Kimi inValencia. The morning was spent doing setup work in particular with front and rear cambers. Inthe afternoon we ran very low fuel qualifying simulations with two new sets of tyres followed bya 27 lap run starting with a full tank of fuel. Kimi’s pace improved from yesterday as we wouldexpect and we completed several start, pitstop and clutch simulations. We were even able tofinish early as we completed our programme ahead of time. Overall it has been a productiveand valuable two days.”

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