Kimi Raikkonen Joins Peugeot 908 Test

by James Broomhead

2007 Formula One world champion Kimi Raikkonen has tested with the Peugeot Sport team, driving the manufacturer's Le Mans Prototype at the Spanish Aragon circuit.

“Kimi arrived yesterday evening in order to meet up with the team, prepare his seat and set up his driving position,” said team manager Pascal Dimitri. “He adapted very quickly to the car and gave us a valuable technical feedback. It is always interesting to get inputs from drivers such as Kimi.”

The Finn, who has concentrated on rallying since he departure from F1, joined regular Peugeot drivers Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin, Simon Pagenaud and Alex Wurz at the test. Raikkonen completed 35 laps in his first drive in the Peugeot 908 on a track he had never visited before.

Though there is speculation that the test could be a precursor to Raikkonen joining the team for 2012, Peugeot Sport director Olivier Quesnel played down any future plans.

He said: “Originally, this test session was planned for a long time in order to prepare the rest of the season on top of which we have allowed Kimi to discover the 908. As of today, nothing has been scheduled or planned for the future.”

The Peugeot Sport team – almost certainly without Raikkonen in attendance – will be in action at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on September 9-11 for the nest round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

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