So Kimi Raikkonen is back in the seat, pedalling a two-year-old Renault around Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit as I write.
Over the winter I've heard a lot of discussion about whether Renault's decision to sign him was sensible or not. I think it has to be taken as a positive that he's up for thrashing a non-contemporary car around a circuit that's not on the schedule, on tyres he won't be using.
What it will do is put a strain he won't have experienced for at least two years on his neck muscles. Apart from anything, it shows he's serious. I've already said in a previous column that I don't think that Lotus, as it is now known, is taking a risk, and I stand by that.
If you believe what has been printed in Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport, Jarno Trulli has said that it will be hard for Raikkonen to re-adapt to a Formula 1 car and that he won't be very quick in the beginning.
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