Raikkonen to participate in Young Drivers’ Test

2013 F1 season

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013Lotus have confirmed they will take advantage of the opportunity to run one of their race drivers in next week’s Young Drivers’ Test.

Kimi Raikkonen will drive for the team at Silverstone to evaluate the changes Pirelli are making to their tyres for the next race at the Hungaroring.

Team mate Romain Grosjean will not participate in the test.

Test drivers Nicolas Prost and Davide Valsecchi will also appear for the team. Valsecchi briefly substituted for an unwell Raikkonen during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

“Our aim on the third day will be to help Pirelli understand the latest changes to their tyres at the same venue where they most notably had issues this season,” said trackside operations director Alan Permane.

“For Nico and Davide it?s an opportunity to learn and improve, while for the team it is a great opportunity to try to refine some of the latest developments we have for the E21.

“Kimi is also allowed to run, enabling him and other race drivers to test tyres for Pirelli. This will benefit both him and Romain by granting us a better understanding of these tyres before we head to the next event in Hungary.”

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12 comments on Raikkonen to participate in Young Drivers’ Test

  1. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 12th July 2013, 11:22

    Nico Prost? Not again, how is his limited F1 experience going to help anyway? What about Marco Sorensen? What’s the point of having a Junior Team if this is what’s gonna happen?

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 12th July 2013, 11:50

      I agree, it is a bit strange to see him popping up in the car. On the one hand, judging by his wikipedia entry, he must have some talent, but on the other hand, he is clearly not on the career path of someone breaking into F1. Apparently, someone must be willing to pay quite a bit of money to get him into the seat, although I’ve never completely understood this. Why pay a lot of money so that a no-hoper (and certainly N. Prost is not the worst in this regard – @SpeedyGonzalez anyone?) can get some time in an F1 car?

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 12th July 2013, 12:35

    I’m still unclear about the rules of this year’s young driver’s test. Are all teams allowed to run their race drivers? Do they even have to get a ýoung driver’to sit in one of their cars?

    I’m hoping Ferrari make full use if this by putting Alonso and Massa in the car for all the says. They should finally be able to evaluate some of their upgrades, and it will also give Massa enough time to learn how to keep an f1 car on track

    • JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 12th July 2013, 12:45

      Regular drivers are allowed to take part but they aren’t allowed to develop the car. But if the team field a “young driver” (I believe the criteria is that a young driver must have taken part in fewer than two Grands Prix) then they are allowed to develop the car.

      God knows if they’ll successfully enforce that rule, though.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 12th July 2013, 14:19

      They should finally be able to evaluate some of their upgrades

      I don’t think that it will be easy for any team to do it because in YDT teams can test new parts but once they are mounted on the car they cannot be changed to guarantee consistency in evaluating the tyres for Pirelli, so the teams won’t do the usual testing procedures of comparing new parts vs old parts but anyway it maybe gives an idea where they are at the moment

    • Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 12th July 2013, 14:29

      Racing drivers only gets one day of testing.

  3. scuderia_fan85 (@scuderia_fan85) said on 12th July 2013, 13:23

    so how many days of this 3 day test r the race drivers in the car?

  4. HoHum (@hohum) said on 12th July 2013, 13:46

    I guess Kimi qualifies as a young driver, well, younger than Webber.

  5. Candice said on 12th July 2013, 17:36

    Kimi and Testing???

    Did i heard it wrong??

  6. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 12th July 2013, 21:46

    atleast now all can be sure that he’s motivated…:p

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