Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013

Raikkonen to participate in Young Drivers’ Test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

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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