Just two races into 2012, Kimi Raikkonen has already sat at the wheel of Lotus’ car for 2013. His race engineer Mark Slade revealed that the Finn was at Enstone on Wednesday to sit in “a basic mock-up” of the single seater for next season.
“There’s some rethinking in terms of the driver position for 2013, and we wanted to test it out before committing any further to the concept,” said Slade. “It may seem early, but it’s better to do these things sooner rather than later otherwise it can hold up the whole design process.”
A report by the Finnish broadcaster MTV3 said that Lotus’ 2012 car was essentially complete late last November, when Raikkonen joined the team.
So “Raikkonen can have his say on the car for next year”, the report added.