Kimi Raikkonen will get back behind the wheel later this month

Lotus F1 has confirmed that former F1 champion Kimi Räikkönen will get back behind the wheel of a 2010-spec car at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo circuit later this month, as the team works to give the Finn as much mileage as possible in readiness for his return to the sport.

Räikkönen’s last F1 outing came at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and the team will give him two days of running on 23-24 January.

The conditions of the test means that he must run in an older-spec car and that he’s not allowed to run on Pirelli’s race tyres, but the test will still give him an opportunity to familiarise himself with some of the characteristics of current-era Formula 1 cars.

Räikkönen paid a visit to the team’s factory at Enstone last week to complete a seat fitting ahead of this month’s pre-season running.

Official pre-season testing – in which teams can run with their 2012 chassis’ (subject to them having passed the FIA’s mandatory crash tests) – will begin in early February at Jerez.

[Image via GP Update]

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