This is a moment Kimi Raikkonen’s many fans around the world thought they may never see again; the 2007 world champion back behind the wheel of an F1 car, albeit a chassis mock up, in the Lotus Renault factory near Oxford.
It’s the first time Raikkonen has sat in an F1 car since the end of the 2009 season, when he left Ferrari and went to compete in the WRC.
Raikkonen was at Lotus’ Enstone factory today for a seat fitting ahead of his first run in an F1 car. The chassis he is sitting in is not the 2012 Lotus challenger, but a monocoque which is used to create a seat for a driver and to measure and make minute adjustments to the dimensions around him.
You can see a video I made with McLaren about this process by clicking this link How an F1 team builds a car around its driver
It is understood that he will get back up to speed this month in a two year old car, as the rules allow and will then take part in the new car tests starting in Jerez in February.
Raikkonen’s presence this year will make it six world champions on the F1 grid for the first time in history.
For more on Raikkonen’s return go to the Lotus Renault GP website