Lotus announce Kimi Raikkonen will run at next week's Young Driver Test
World Championship contender will be in action on Friday
By Pete Gill. Last Updated: 16/07/13 11:08am
Raikkonen finished second at the rest German GP
Lotus have announced that Kimi Raikkonen will be a surprise participant in next week's Young Driver Test.
The former World Champion is the first of this year's race drivers to be officially confirmed as taking part in the test since the FIA announced the three-day event, to be held between Wednesday and Friday next week at Silverstone, would be realigned to allow non-rookies to test the Pirelli tyres.
The Finn will be in action on Friday, with Development Driver Nicolas Prost running on Wednesday and Lotus' Third Driver Davide Valsecchi behind the wheel of the E21 on Thursday.
"It's great timing for us to have this season's Young Driver Test scheduled in the middle of the year as it allows us to evaluate more of the new parts we have for the E21 as the championship battle intensifies. Remarkably, the UK has been having some notably good weather recently so we're looking forward to getting some good running across the three days," said team boss Eric Boullier.
"By running Nicolas and Davide we are giving them both invaluable experience and also gaining great feedback, as we've previously seen what they can do in the car and appreciate the valuable information they give us. It's also a fabulous second opportunity for all Formula 1 fans to come and see the teams in action at Silverstone."
Lotus test line-up:
Wednesday - Nicolas Prost
Thursday - Davide Valsecchi
Friday - Kimi Raikkonen.