Lotus driver Raikkonen returns to wheel of F1 car

Updated: 25 January 2012 15:14 IST

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in over two years on Monday in preparation for his return to the sport with Lotus.

Lotus driver Raikkonen returns to wheel of F1 car

Valencia:

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen was behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time in over two years on Monday in preparation for his return to the sport with Lotus.

Raikkonen is coming back from a two-year stint in rallying. He says "I don't think I've lost any speed" after he drove a Renault car at Valencia's Cheste circuit as a practice for the new F1 season.

The 2007 world champion last raced at the close of 2009. He is taking part in a two-day warmup ahead of the season's first official testing session for all teams next month.

Raikkonen can test for Lotus, formerly Renault, under current regulations because the car is over 2 years old.

The 32-year-old Finn previously drove for Ferrari and McLaren.

Topics : Formula 1 Lotus McLaren Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Chinese Grand Prix
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