Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013

Lotus scrap plan to run Raikkonen at test

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Silverstone, 2013Lotus have decided not to run Kimi Raikkonen at this week’s Young Driver Test as originally planned.

Instead of running Raikkonen on Friday Nicolas Prost will have another run in the car.

Trackside operations director Alan Permane said: “Once details of what race drivers were allowed to do here became apparent, we would have only been able to conduct a very limited programme with Kimi.

“If we were to run him, it would compromise the other development work we want to do with the car here.

“By running Nico again we?ll be able to build on the work already carried out and hopefully be in the best position to develop the E21 ahead of Budapest, whilst also conducting the necessary tyre testing for Pirelli.”

Red Bull have also scaled back the programme for their race drivers and will not run Mark Webber at the test.

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