Trulli doubts Raikkonen to be fast on return

Post qualifying top three in parc ferme (L to R): Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota, second; Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari, pole position; Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari, third.

Jarno Trulli with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen at the 2008 Brazilian GP

Jan.20 (GMM) Returning world champion Kimi Raikkonen will not immediately set the Formula 1 tracks alight in 2012, according to grand prix veteran Jarno Trulli.

Raikkonen, a winner of 18 races with top teams McLaren and Ferrari last decade, is returning with Lotus this season after a two-year sojourn in world rallying.

But Italian Trulli, whose season with Caterham in 2012 will be his sixteenth consecutively in F1, doubts the 32-year-old will be immediately fast.

“Yes, it will be difficult for Kimi when he has to re-adapt to a F1 car,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I don’t think at the very beginning Kimi is going to be fast,” added Trulli.