Da Autosprint n. 35 del 30/08/2011:
Kimi Räikkönen drove the Peugeot 908
35 laps on the Aragon circuit in Spain
Today, the 2007 F1 World Champion Kimi Räikkönen drove for the first time with the Peugeot 908 on the Aragon circuit.
Olivier Quesnel – Peugeot Sport Director: «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.»
Towards the end of the morning, the Finn took part into the session alongside Franck Montagny, Stéphane Sarrazin, Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Wurz. He covered a series of 35 laps on a circuit he’s never driven on.
Kimi Raïkkönen: «I enjoyed this test with Peugeot. The 908 is a really fun car to drive».
Pascal Dimitri – Peugeot Sport Team Manager: «Kimi arrived yesterday evening in order to meet up with the team, prepare his seat and set up his driving position. 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.»
Kimi Räikkönen completes Peugeot 908 test
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.
Da TS.fi, traduzione Google
[…] L’attenzione di Räikkönen ora è rivolta al test dell’auto Peugeot per Le Mans mercoledì sul tracciato dell’Aragona in Spagna.
– “Andiamo visto che ci è stato chiesto e vediamo che tipo di macchina è la Peugeot. Immagino sia diversa da tutte le altre provate sinora. Del tracciato, so solo che è in Spagna” ha detto Räikkönen a Turun Sanomat.
I piloti Peugeot per Le Mans che lasceranno, salvo ulteriori accordi, sono Pedro Lamy e Nicolas Minassian. Gli altri piloti della marca francese conosciuti anche da Kimi sono l’ex tester McLaren Alex Wurz e l’attuale tester Ferrari Marc Genè.
Räikkönen to test Peugeot’s Le Mans car with a view to a 2012 deal
Kimi Raikkonen will test the Peugeot 908 Le Mans car at Spanish circuit Motorland Aragon on Wednesday.
It is understood that it could lead to a possible outing in next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, with Peugeot keen to evaluate Raikkonen’s speed in the car.
Raikkonen has admitted that he is keen on competing at Le Mans, but if he was to do so, he would want an expanded programme of races for the marque.
"It would be great to do Le Mans," Raikkonen told Finland’s Turun Sanomat. "But if you race there, you should do some races as a test as well. It could be tricky to get all the schedules working well."
Peugeot has previously tested seven-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb and is keen to run high-profile drivers at Le Mans, as it did when 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve was in its line-up in 2007 and ’08.
PSA Peugeot Citroen management board member Jean-Marc Gales declined to confirm Raikkonen’s test, but admitted that it was possible and that a race seat could be on the cards if he was fast enough.
"I don’t exclude that [Raikkonen testing the car], " Gales told AUTOSPORT. "But nothing has been decided on our pilots for Peugeot for next year.
"Clearly, it depends how fast he is and I can’t comment on that because we haven’t done it yet."
Articolo da Autosprint n. 34 del 23/08/2011:
Da TS.fi, traduzione con Google.
Räikkönen testerà in Spagna la Peugeot per Le Mans
Kimi Räikkönen si sposterà mercoledì prossimo per testare vetture più pesanti. La star finlandese testerà la Peugeot 908 LMP1 in Spagna.
Räikkönen aveva parlato a Turun Sanomat della volontà di provare a correre a Le Mans. Ora gli viene offerta la possibilità di un test con l’auto vincitrice di Le Mans. […]