Lotus F1 Team press release
Sympathy for the Devil
Lotus F1 Team driver Kimi Räkkönnen completed the second day of running as part of his driving session at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Valencia, Spain. The Finnish driver continued from yesterday’s good work, completing a further 91 laps making a total of 171 laps from the two days, a total of 666 km or the equivalent of more than two Grands Prix race distances.
Kimi Räkkönnen: “It went well today and overall the two days have been helped me a lot. Even though I was using a two year-old car and the Pirelli demonstration tyres, I learnt about working with the team and the engineers which means I can focus on the new car once we get to Jerez for the first official test. It was great to be driving an F1 car again and from that respect I feel very positive.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Engineer: “We enjoyed another good day with Kimi in Valencia. The morning was spent doing setup work in particular with front and rear cambers. In the afternoon we ran very low fuel qualifying simulations with two new sets of tyres followed by a 27 lap run starting with a full tank of fuel. Kimi’s pace improved from yesterday as we would expect and we completed several start, pitstop and clutch simulations. We were even able to finish early as we completed our programme ahead of time. Overall it has been a productive and valuable two days.”