Kimi Raikkonen completes Peugeot 908 test
|By Sam Tremayne||Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 15:49 GMT|
2007 Formula 1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen completed his maiden test in Peugeot's 908 Le Mans challenger at Motorland Aragon.
The Finn drove alongside Peugeot works drivers Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Wurz, covering 35 laps during the day.
As revealed by AUTOSPORT Raikkonen is understood to be keen to return to racing, with a fully-paid rally drive unlikely for next year. The test could lead to a possible outing with Peugeot in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours.
The 31-year-old, who told Finalnd's Turun Sanomat that racing at Le Mans would be 'great', summarised the experience: "I enjoyed this test with Peugeot. The 908 is a really fun car to drive."
Peugeot Sport team manager Pascal Dimitri said the test had proved interesting, with Raikkonen offering valuable feedback on his first test.
"Kimi adapted very quickly to the car," Dimitri said, "and gave us a valuable technical feedback. It is always interesting to get inputs from drivers such as Kimi."
Peugeot's sport director Olivier Quesnel said the test had been planned 'for a long time' and that no decisions have been taken for the future.
"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."
For more in-depth analysis of Kimi Raikkonen's future options, see this week's AUTOSPORT magazine.