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Lotus to run Raikkonen at Young Driver Test

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen will drive on the Friday at Silverstone © Sutton Images
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Lotus has announced that Kimi Raikkonen will run during the Silverstone Young Driver Test next week.

With the test taking place from July 17-19, Raikkonen will run on the final day to test Pirelli's new tyres. The preceding two days will see Nicolas Prost and Davide Valsecchi driving the E21. Valsecchi has experience of the car having driven for half a day during pre-season testing, while Prost's last run was in the E20 at the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi last year.

Team principal Eric Boullier said he was happy with the feedback that team gets from Prost and Valsecchi and that he hopes it will allow the team to accelerate new developments for the car.

"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," Boullier said. "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.

"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."