Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen to take part in F1 ‘young driver’ test

Posted on Jul 13 2013 - 9:54pm by Matt Kaludi

Kimi Raikkonen is the first race driver to be confirmed as taking part in next week’s ‘young driver’ test.

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen to take part in F1 'young driver' test

Race drivers are allowed to run for one day of the three-day Silverstone test from 17-19 July to evaluate new tyres.

Pirelli has produced a new design aimed at eradicating the problems that led to a series of dramatic failures at the British Grand Prix last month.

Sauber will use Nico Hulkenberg for one half day. No other team has yet said if their race drivers will take part.

Raikkonen will drive on Friday, the final day of the test, with Frenchman Nicolas Prost – the son of four-time world champion Alain Prost – driving on Wednesday and reserve driver Davide Valsecchi on Thursday.

Sauber will split the rest of its programme between reserve driver Robin Frijns and Japanese former Formula 3 driver Kimiya Sato.

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane said: “We have a lot planned across the three days. Obviously we want to give all three drivers the maximum track time possible as well as assessing the latest upgrades to the car.

 

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