Raikkonen will drive a similar livery, but 2010 spec, Lotus-Renault in two-day test. (LAT photo)
Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula 1 action in a 2010-specification Renault at Valencia on Jan. 23-24.
A Lotus team source has confirmed to AUTOSPORT that Raikkonen will have two days of running in the Renault R30 to re-acclimatize to F1 machinery after not having driven a grand prix car since the 2009 season finale in Abu Dhabi. The team has been working on scheduling a test since he was originally signed for 2012.
While the two-year-old Renault cannot run on Pirelli's race rubber, it should at least give Raikkonen the chance to familiarize himself with the specification of tire used for demo running. Raikkonen had a seat fitting at Lotus' Enstone, UK, base last week. Speaking last month, he said that he expects to have little trouble getting back up to speed.
"I don't think I've lost any speed," he told the Lotus official website. "Getting on top of the tires will be the hardest thing, of course, but I'm not really worried.
"We don't test the new car until February, so it's a long wait. However, I should be able to jump into a two-year-old F1 car in January. Learning Pirelli's tires will be the most important job as it's a different approach from what I experienced before."