Räikkönen to drive at Silverstone test
12 July 2013 – Lotus has announced that Kimi Räikkönen will complete a full day of running at next week's modified Young Driver Test at Silverstone. The Finn will be joined by Nicolas Prost and Davide Valsecchi, who will also get a day of track time each.
The July 17-19 gathering had initially been set aside for rookies, but governing body the FIA made changes to allow race drivers the chance to test Pirelli's new tyre range. The Enstone-based team will run development driver Prost on the opening day of the test, followed by third driver Valsecchi, before Räikkönen brings the test to a close.
"This will be an interesting test and we have a lot planned across the three days," said Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane. "We want to give all three drivers the maximum track time possible as well as assessing the latest upgrades to the car.
"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. 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."
Prost and Valsecchi both drove for Lotus at last year's Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test, while the latter completed half a day in the E21 chassis during pre-season testing.