Kimi Raikkonen said his initial impressions of the new Lotus E20 are good following a rollout with the car at Jerez.
The Finn, whose team unveiled the Renault-powered car yesterday, completed 22 laps of the Spanish circuit, performing system checks at low speeds. Raikkonen will begin testing properly tomorrow, when most F1 teams will begin the preparations for the 2012 season.
Although the 2007 World Champion used just first and second gears during the run today, he was pleased with how the car felt.
"It's great to see the E20 at a race circuit and even better to get behind the wheel," said Raikkonen at the end of the day. "It's always frustrating to be in a new car and not be able to drive it at maximum attack, but thankfully I will have that opportunity for the next two days.
"My initial impressions are good – I fit comfortably in the car and it feels great in first and second gear; now let's see what it can do tomorrow."