Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen will no longer take part in the Young Driver Test

Finn had been due to drive at Silverstone on Friday

By William Esler at Silverstone.   Last Updated: 17/07/13 1:40pm

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Lotus have abandoned plans to run Kimi Raikkonen at the Young Driver Test on Friday at Silverstone.

The 2007 World Champion had been scheduled to carry out tyre testing for the Enstone team, but instead Nicolas Prost will now get a second day in the E21 having been at the wheel on Wednesday.

Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane said the team had taken the decision as they will be able to test more development parts without a race driver in the car due to restrictions placed on the running.

"Once details of what race drivers were allowed to do here became apparent, we would have only been able to conduct a very limited programme with Kimi," he said.

"If we were to run him, it would compromise the other development work we want to do with the car here. By running Nico again we'll be able to build on the work already carried out and hopefully be in the best position to develop the E21 ahead of Budapest, whilst also conducting the necessary tyre testing for Pirelli."

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