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Date set for Raikkonen's F1 return
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Kimi Raikkonen will test the 2010-spec Renault R30 Formula 1 car for two days on January 23-24 at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia, according to a report by Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat.

Raikkonen will have two days of running in the Renault R30 to re-acclimatise to F1 machinery after not having driven a grand prix car since the 2009 season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Raikkonen will only have a total of eight days of testing before the start of the season at the Australian Grand Prix. After Raikkonen’s two-day private test session in Valencia, the pre-season testing duties will be shared equally with his teammate Romain Grosjean. The teams will have a total of twelve days of pre-season testing in Jerez and Barcelona.

While the two-year-old Renault cannot run on Pirelli's race rubber, it should at least give Raikkonen the chance to familiarise himself with the specification of tyre used for demo running.

testing schedule:

February 7-10 – Circuito de Jerez, Spain
February 21-24 – Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
March 1-4 – Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

 
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