• Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8845
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8903
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8998
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8988
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8907
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8911
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8933
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Action. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8504
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8830
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8829
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8825
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8473
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8784
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8863
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8868
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8796
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8786
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8768
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8771
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8468
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8778
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8756
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8495
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8491
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _Q0C8967
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen has his first run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8488
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Kimi Raikkonen in the garage ahead of a run in a Lotus F1 Team car. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8480
  • Kimi Raikkonen First Run Valencia, Spain. 23rd January 2012 Reflection of the sunrise against the team transporter. Photo: Andrew Ferraro/Lotus F1 Team ref: Digital Image _MG_8467
Few drivers have caused the kind of speculation that Kimi Raikkonen has in the past few years alone. Will he take a Ferrari payoff and make way for Fernando Alonso? Will he find another ride in Formula One? Will he make it in the World Rally Championship? Will he make a real go of it in NASCAR? Will he ever come back to F1? And if so, with which team? Well, the speculation can now stop – or at least change focus – because the 2007 World Champion has officially returned to Formula One.

After signing on with the Lotus team (previously known as Renault, and before that as Benneton and Toleman), Raikkonen has had his first chance to get behind the wheel of a modern F1 car since leaving the Scuderia at the end of 2009. The test took place over the course of two days at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, Spain. But since driving the current car with current tires would constitute an unfair advantage under the present regulations, Kimi was stuck driving the 2010 Renault R30 on demonstration tires (probably from the GP2 series) with a fresh coat of paint (and a new helmet design).

The acclimation run appears to have gone smoothly enough, but we'll have to wait until the start of the season in March to see if Raikkonen's still got what it takes. Then Raikkonen will be squaring off against a huge field of fellow former World Champions, including Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Follow the jump to watch the video clip.



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  • 6 Comments
      MeSoAisian
      • 3 Years Ago
      Welcome back Ice.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh, he's GOT what it takes...... finally, my fave driver is back, had to root for JB there for awhile......
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lorenzo
        I 100% agree with you, Kimi has always been my favorite driver, glad to see him back.
      The Law
      • 3 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that he hasn't driven an F1 car in 3 years. I highly doubt he'll even be competitive enough to beat Schumacher this year.
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't wait until his brother Kiki makes the jump to F1.
      • 2 Years Ago
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