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Kimi Räikkönen returns to cockpit in two-day Lotus test // Lotus run a special test as Kimi makes his return to F1

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Kimi Räikkönen returns to cockpit in two-day Lotus test
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Welcome to F1Minute - Kimi Räikkönen returns to cockpit in two-day Lotus test.

This year’s comeback king Kimi Räikkönen was back behind the wheel of an F1 car today for the first time since he quit the sport in 2009. Lotus are running a two day test for Kimi to help him brush up on his F1 skills, although the testing limitations have forced him into a 2010 chassis with demonstration tyres from Pirelli.

After his first day of running, Räikkönen admitted that it may take a little while to get used to everything again, saying: “The main driving, braking, turning, that doesn’t take many laps. But of course to start learning about the car and team and tyres, that will take time.”

Meanwhile, Lotus themselves will be scrabbling to prepare for the official testing next month after the FIA deemed their new adjustable ride height development illegal. The innovation had preciously been declared as acceptable, as it was not driver operated, but the FIA have apparently sent a note to teams saying they are no longer satisfied with the legality.