Räikkönen drops out of Silverstone test
17 July 2013 – Kimi Räikkönen will miss out on his planned running at this week's Silverstone test, with Lotus holding the belief that the Finn would be "underutilised" amid further clarification from the FIA about the work race drivers can complete.
Development driver Nicolas Prost, who began the outfit's testing programme on Wednesday, will now receive an extra day behind the wheel of the E21 on Friday.
"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," said Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane. "If we were to run him, it would compromise the other development work we want to do with the car here."
Permane added: "By running Nicolas 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."
Lotus' third driver, Davide Valsecchi, will complete mileage on Thursday.