Kimi Raikkonen is set for more intense running on the second day of his comeback Formula 1 test with Lotus on Tuesday.
The Finn completed near 200 miles of running in a 2010-specification Renault R30 at Valencia on Monday, using three sets of Pirelli's very durable demonstration tires. He has four sets of Pirellis available for Tuesday's running and is scheduled to complete more laps than on the first day, as the team is hoping to give him more long runs as part of a wider-ranging program.
"We'll do some more high- and low-fuel runs," Lotus track operations director Alan Permane told AUTOSPORT. "And there will be a few more setup changes as we did some basic ones today. There will also be some procedural stuff, like starts, that will be subtly different to what he experienced at Ferrari, just to get him up to speed before he drives the new car."
Lotus has structured its running around Raikkonen's needs, with re-acclimatizing to F1 his priority ahead of the first preseason test at Jerez, which starts on Feb. 7. As Raikkonen left F1 before refueling was banned in 2010, giving him experience of varying fuel loads is also key.
"It isn't a traditional test, it's more about doing what he wants and getting him up to speed," said Permane. "We wrote a run plan and pretty much stuck to it [on Monday]. But I said to Kimi in the morning that the test is really for you and that if you want to do something different, that's fine, let us know.
"But he just got on with it. We did a few little setup changes and ran the car on a very high fuel load, because that's something he didn't do as he left F1 before the refueling ban came in.
"So it gave him a feel of the car on 150kg [fuel levels] when there's a difference of four or five seconds a lap. The plan is for more of the same on Tuesday."
Raikkonen is looking forward to the extra mileage on what is his first experience of an F1 car since November 2009.
"Obviously, you get more into the zone with the more laps you complete as you discover more about the car and the tires," he said.