Eric Boullier, Lotus team Principal says that team is happy with Kimi Raikkonen’s response, and Kimi himself seemed very pleased to be back behind the wheel. Lotus expecting 2012 will strong for the team.
“I must say today was very positive,” Boullier said. “You can see that the whole team is pleased with Kimi’s feedback, and Kimi himself seemed very happy to be back behind the wheel. He got the feel of the car very quickly and it’s good to see him building a strong relationship with the team. Obviously, the R30 is different to the new car, but he is clearly excited to get started at the first test in Jerez. Our team is made up of true racing people, and Kimi fits into that very well.”
Alan Permane, Lotus F1’s trackside operations director said that Raikkonen had also presented professionalism to go with his speed and that he was confident for the season in advance.
“The day went pretty much as we planned, which is great,” Permane said. “Kimi was on the pace we expected straight away. He completed around 300km, going through three sets of tyres. It leaves us with four sets for tomorrow, meaning we can run a bit longer. We worked on getting him comfortable in the car, giving him a feel for the setup changes, and helping him get to know his engineers.
“It’s always great to work with a top driver who is not just quick, but professional and Kimi has all of those characteristics. His feedback is excellent, his requests are concise and to the point. We’re looking forward to a good season with him.”