Raikkonen to skip Silverstone F1 test, Bianchi to test for Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen will skip this week’s Formula 1 test at Silverstone, following his heavy crash on the opening lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Marussia racer and Ferrari junior Jules Bianchi will drive Ferrari’s F14 T on the second day of running on Wednesday.
Raikkonen caused the British GP to be stopped after striking the barriers on the Wellington Straight.
The Finn suffered bruising to his knee and ankle in the crash, which measured at 47G, and Ferrari was unsure whether he would be fit enough to participate in the first day of testing on Tuesday.
The team has confirmed Raikkonen will be rested for the test, so development driver Pedro de la Rosa will drive on Tuesday, when Ferrari is due to conduct tyre testing for Pirelli, before Bianchi takes over on Wednesday.
Double world champion Fernando Alonso will cross-check data from the test by conducting parallel simulator work at Ferrari’s Maranello factory.
Ferrari, De la Rosa nei test
Fernando Alonso salta i prossimi test, quelli in programma a Silverstone martedì e mercoledì dopo il Gran Premio in programma il prossimo 6 luglio.
I programmi della Ferrari – per ora – prevedono che il primo giorno, martedì 8, a girare sulla F14 T sia Pedro de la Rosa. Il mercoledì toccherà a Kimi Raikkonen, che deve svolgere un programma di sviluppo pneumatici per conto della Pirelli.
Il test di De la Rosa serve anche a creare una corrispondenza migliore fra la pista e i dati del simulatore, che è un po’ l’”ufficio” del pilota catalano. Per Raikkonen, invece, ogni chilometro di pista in più può aiutare a prendere confidenza con la F14 T, anche se nel caso in cui debba provare pneumatici sperimentali questa utilità si riduce notevolmente.
La Ferrari ha anche accettato di collaborare con la Fia allo sviluppo di un sistema di scarico per incrementare la sonorità, in alternativa alla “trombetta” provata in Spagna dalla Mercedes, con pochi risultati.
Dovrebbe trattarsi di un tubo sdoppiato. Ma non ci saranno prove in pista: i collaudi si limitano alla fabbrica. E non sarà comunque facile trovare un modo per montare un dispositivo simile su una monoposto.
Barcelona F1 test: Pastor Maldonado fastest for Lotus
Pastor Maldonado ended the two-day Barcelona Formula 1 test at the top of the timesheets for Lotus.
The Venezuelan driver was fastest during the morning’s running, setting a best lap of 1m26.311s on soft rubber.
Maldonado was bumped from top spot by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg shortly after the one-hour lunch break, with the German posting a best time of 1m26.187s on medium-compound Pirellis.
But the Venezuelan reclaimed top spot with a lap of 1m24.871s on his final run of the day using super-soft rubber, leaving him fastest by 0.934 seconds from Rosberg, who had improved his time by almost four tenths.
The top two drivers both completed 102 laps during a busy day of running.
Mercedes had started the day trialling an experimental ‘megaphone’ exhaust before reverting to a conventional tailpipe.
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen made amends for limited running on Tuesday, completing 93 laps on his way to fifth fastest ahead of Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez.
Susie Wolff, having her first taste of the Williams-Mercedes FW36, ended up fifth fastest using soft tyres, completing 55 laps.
But she did cause a red flag during the morning when she spun into the gravel at Turn 10.
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi returned to the track in the closing stages of running after being hit with a mechanical problem to put in the sixth fastest time, also on soft rubber.
Red Bull had a delayed start to the day, but Sebastian Vettel managed 72 laps and ended up 3.102s off Maldonado’s pace.
Force India driver Daniel Juncadella was eighth fastest, with two trips to the gravel traps causing red flags during the day.
He ended up 0.163s quicker than McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, participating in his first official F1 test, with both teams conducting tyre test work for Pirelli.
Daniil Kvyat was slowest after only completing 21 laps, twice stopping on track and triggering red flags.
Only 10 cars ran on Wednesday, with Caterham pulling out because of chassis damage sustained when Kamui Kobayashi crashed on Tuesday afternoon.
Robin Frijns had been scheduled to drive on the second day.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m24.871s 102 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.805s +0.934s 102 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.480s +1.609s 93 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m26.972s +2.101s 84 5. Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1m27.280s +2.409s 55 6. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m27.718s +2.847s 55 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m27.973s +3.102s 72 8. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1m28.278s +3.407s 91 9. Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.441s +3.570s 135 10. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m28.910s +4.039s 21
Un finale produttivo
Circuito: Circuit de Catalunya – 4,655 km
Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen
Vettura: Ferrari F14 T
Meteo: temperatura aria 13/27 °C, temperatura asfalto 20/34 °C. Sole
Giri/Km percorsi: 94/438 Miglior tempo: 1:26.480 S
i è chiuso con il terzo tempo il test della Scuderia Ferrari sul circuito di Montmelò, nella giornata che conclude la seconda delle tre sessioni di prove in programma durante la stagione agonistica. Test aerodinamici a velocità costante e prove di assetto per la F14 T portata in pista da Kimi Raikkonen, che dopo le difficoltà registrate ieri ha parzialmente recuperato il tempo perduto e condotto a termine l’intenso programma previsto sul tracciato catalano. Molta pratica con pneumatici Medium e una conclusione con la mescola più morbida per il pilota finlandese, protagonista di una sessione senza problemi grazie anche al favore del clima, tornato a medie primaverili. Ad attendere la Scuderia Ferrari il Gran Premio di Monaco, sesto appuntamento iridato in programma nel fine settimana del 25 maggio sul circuito cittadino di Montecarlo.
Barcelona F1 test: Max Chilton quickest on first day
Max Chilton’s Marussia set the fastest time on day one of this week’s two-day Formula 1 test at Barcelona.
The Briton leapt to the top of the times with a late run on Pirelli’s supersoft tyre that put him just over two tenths clear of Charles Pic’s twin-tusk Lotus, which set its best time on the soft tyre.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton led the way for most of the day, which began wet on the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya.
The Mercedes driver, who took his fourth straight win of the season at the Spanish GP on Sunday, wound up third fastest, only 0.013s slower than Pic on a set of mediums.
Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest after enduring a difficult day for Ferrari.
The Finn stopped after just two laps in the morning due to an engine failure, and brought out the red flags again in the afternoon after finding the Turn 4 gravel trap having briefly toppled Hamilton from the top spot.
Ferrari was forced to replace the car’s floor after the incident.
Less than a tenth of a second covered the Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India, and the Williams of Felipe Massa, while Jenson Button’s McLaren was a further half a second back in eighth.
Kamui Kobayashi’s Caterham and Giedo van der Garde’s Sauber sandwiched the Red Bull of Sebastien Buemi at the foot of the times.
Buemi’s running was curtailed early by the RB10 developing a gearbox problem during the afternoon running.
The test resumes tomorrow with Mercedes set to trial an exhaust update aimed at increasing the noise levels produced by F1’s new breed of V6 turbo engines.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m26.434s 2. Charles Pic Lotus-Renault 1m26.661s +0.227s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.674s +0.240s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.965s +0.531s 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m27.724s +1.290s 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m27.727s +1.293s 7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m27.756s +1.322s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.333s +1.899s 9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m30.101s +3.667s 10. Sebastien Buemi Red Bull-Renault 1m31.440s +5.006s 11. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m31.783s +5.349s
Da Autosprint n.9 del 4/3/2014:
Ultimo assaggio per Kimi
Circuito: Circuito di Sakhir – 5,412 km Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen Vettura: Ferrari F14 T Meteo: temperatura aria 24/29°C, temperatura asfalto 27/37 °C. Sole. Giri/Km percorsi: 87/470 Miglior tempo: 1:35.426
Un’altra giornata di sole ha accompagnato la Scuderia Ferrari nella penultima giornata di prove sul Circuito di Sakhir. Oggi è stata l’ultima apparizione ai test per Kimi Raikkonen che tornerà alla guida della F14 T nel GP d’Australia tra dodici giorni. Al mattino, dopo una serie di giri la squadra ha dovuto risolvere un problema relativo ad un connettore che ha obbligato i meccanici a smontare varie parti della vettura per rimetterla in piena efficienza. Nel pomeriggio, Kimi ha alternato dei giri sulla breve distanza con una simulazione di gara, incluse alcune prove di pit-stop.“Oggi speravo di fare più giri ma non è stata una giornata facile” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Abbiamo sacrificato del tempo questa mattina per un intervento necessario sulla vettura ma siamo riusciti a recuperare un po’ del terreno perso nel pomeriggio. Nella distanza di gara abbiamo continuato a prendere le misure con le strategie di consumo e il degrado degli pneumatici anche se c’era un vento che disturbava molto la guida. Vorrei poter dire di aver fatto meglio ma abbiamo ancora un altro giorno con Fernando per continuare la nostra preparazione per Melbourne.”Le prove su questo circuito proseguiranno anche domani con Fernando Alonso per la giornata conclusiva di prove.
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Bahrain F1 test: Massa flies for Williams, more Red Bull trouble
Felipe Massa set the fastest time of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain so far on Saturday, as Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap for Red Bull.
Williams focused on performance work for Massa’s final day in the car before the Australian Grand Prix weekend, and late in the afternoon the Brazilian set the quickest time over the two tests at Sakhir this pre-season.
Nico Rosberg – who completed 103 laps despite losing most of the morning due to an engine change – briefly stole top spot from Massa with around 15 minutes to go, but the Williams went back out and beat his time by 0.2 seconds.
At the other end of the timing screens sat world champion Vettel, who took over from Daniel Ricciardo following Red Bull’s best day of pre-season so far.
However, there was no continuation of that momentum for Vettel, who stopped halfway round his out-lap after waiting nearly three hours to head out of the garage for the first time.
The RB10 was sent out again before lunch, but this time it only made it to the end of the pitlane before Vettel stopped and had to push the car back.
After that the Red Bull mechanics closed the garage doors, and the car did not reappear.
Sauber and Lotus were the other teams in trouble. The Swiss team managed one lap before Adrian Sutil pulled to a stop at the pit entry with smoke coming out of the C33.
Romain Grosjean was back in the Lotus for the first time at this final test, and after electrical problems prevented him from running in the morning, his day ended after just 33 laps with an MGU-K problem that was too big to fix before the end of the running.
In terms of race simulations, Force India followed its programme from the past two days with Sergio Perez, giving Nico Hulkenberg set-up work to do in the morning before a race run in the afternoon.
Ferrari had a quiet morning on Kimi Raikkonen’s final day in the car, and it finally managed to carry out some race simulation work with the Finn in the final two hours of the day.
That left just enough time for some short runs just before the end, which enabled the 2007 world champion to set the third-fastest time.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m33.258s 99 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.484s +0.226s 103 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.426s +2.168s 87 4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.894s +2.636s 88 5. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.113s +2.855s 81 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.205s +2.947s 115 7. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.087s +3.829s 78 8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m38.083s +4.825s 117 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m42.166s +8.908s 33 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 0
Bahrain F1 test: Raikkonen targets race distance on final day
Kimi Raikkonen is targeting completing a race distance on his final day of Formula 1 testing on Saturday after a difficult first day in Bahrain.
The Finn managed only 54 laps today, ending the day third fastest, 1.142s off Sergio Perez’s fastest time of the day.
He hands over to Fernando Alonso tomorrow but is scheduled to return for the penultimate day, which should be his last run in the car before Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix on March 14.
The Finn has completed fewer laps than Alonso so far in pre-season testing, with the Spaniard having been able to do some longer runs.
"We will try to do the race distance, for sure," said Raikkonen when asked what the focus will be for his final day in the car. "
"I haven’t even tried to do it yet. I think Fernando did it so that’s something that we are hopefully going to do and just see where we are really.
"[Beyond that], just normal things, trying things, learning again and hopefully we will be ready for the first race of the year."
Ferrari trialled some aerodynamic upgrades in Bahrain today, including a new front wing.
Although Raikkonen refused to draw any definitive conclusions, he is cautiously optimistic about progress.
"I am sure they were better otherwise we wouldn’t have brought them," said Raikkonen.
"But there are still things to improve and things to try to put things together in the final moments [of testing].
"We will see where we are in the first race."
Raikkonen also claimed he is not worried about Ferrari’s reliability relative to other teams.
While Mercedes and McLaren have both covered more ground pre-season, with 3073km and 2687km respectively, but Ferrari has logged only 400 less, with a figure of 2665km.
"I’m sure if we wanted to do 100 laps today, we could do," said Raikkonen.
"We had to do other things and try different things and try to see which way which changes go and learn a little bit because when it comes to race weekends there is not so much time to change stuff.
"At least I will have some idea of which way to go. I’m not too worried."
Kimi: “Mi manca solo la simulazione di gara”
Sakhir, 27 febbraio – Penultimo giorno di test prima dell’inizio della stagione per Kimi Raikkonen che è tornato al volante della F14 T e che vivrà la sua ultima giornata in abitacolo prima del GP d’Australia sabato. Il finlandese è stato rallentato da un problema in mattinata ma nel pomeriggio è riuscito a lavorare bene: “Prima di lasciare Sakhir ho in progetto di percorrere la distanza di gara, è l’unica cosa che ancora mi manca. Oggi abbiamo preferito concentrarci su alcune delle tante cose che abbiamo ancora da provare e il bilancio dei test invernali lo tracceremo al termine dell’ultima giornata, quando prenderemo tutti i dati raccolti e li proveremo a mettere insieme. Posso già dire comunque che ho vissuto inverni peggiori di questo”.
Raikkonen è apparso molto tranquillo alle domande dei giornalisti in merito alla gestione dei consumi e su come questo aspetto possa influenzare le gare: “Sono ormai anni che non si può più spingere dall’inizio alla fine” – ha risposto Kimi – “Prima c’era da stare attenti al motore, poi alle gomme. Non si spinge mai al 100% tutti i giri perché c’è sempre qualcosa per cui essere conservativi. Ci abitueremo anche alle situazioni del 2014, ma dovremo iniziare a gareggiare prima di preoccuparci su questo fronte”.
In merito alla concorrenza Kimi ha concluso con la solita naturalezza che lo contraddistingue: “Abbiamo seguito programmi diversi, non credo che il potenziale si veda da quanti giri fa una vettura nei test. Noi abbiamo tante cose da provare e vogliamo sfruttare queste giornate per verificarle perché il weekend di gara dura pochissimo, le ore del venerdì volano e il resto dei giorni si cerca solo la prestazione”.
Domani sulla F14 T, nel secondo giorno dell’ultimo test pre-stagionale, ci sarà Fernando Alonso.
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Bahrain F1 test: Perez ends first day on top, Red Bull hits trouble
Sergio Perez set the pace for Force India on the opening day of the final pre-season Formula 1 test in Bahrain.
The Mexican moved to the top of the times with a 1m35.290s in the morning, a lap that remained untroubled for the rest of the day as most of the teams focused either on race runs or troubleshooting.
All of the Mercedes-powered teams spent the majority of the day working on race-specification, meaning that the headline times were slightly slower than was often the case last week.
Williams’s priority for most of the day was aero work and a race simulation, but towards the end of the session Valtteri Bottas went out for a shorter run and moved up to second in the times.
Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen suffered a minor setback as the team worked through some glitches in the morning, but as the day went on the 2007 world champion built up some miles in the F14 T, gradually improving through the afternoon to end up third.
Raikkonen then brought the session to a slightly premature end when his Ferrari stopped on the backstraight with just a couple of minutes remaining.
Last week’s regular pacesetters, Mercedes and McLaren, had a low-key day in terms of laptime as they also focused on race work, while Red Bull and Lotus suffered more trouble.
Daniel Ricciardo managed 32 laps in the morning for Red Bull, before the team’s overheating issues – caused by its packaging rather than a Renault engine issue – prevented it from running again until the final few minutes of the day.
Lotus had to call an early close to its running when problems with a new exhaust configuration forced the team to switch to the previous specification – a job that could not be completed in time for Pastor Maldonado to return to the track.
Elsewhere in the pitlane, Marussia enjoyed its best day in pre-season so far, completing 44 laps with Max Chilton and setting a best time of 1m38.610s.
Fellow back-of-the-grid-team Caterham made a stuttering start to the final test, with reliability issues limiting Kamui Kobayashi to just 19 laps.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m35.290s 105 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m36.184s +0.894s 128 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.432s +1.142s 54 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.624s +1.334s 89 5. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.700s +2.410s 89 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.825s +2.535s 109 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m37.908s +2.618s 39 8. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.610s +3.320s 44 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m39.242s +3.952s 55 10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m40.599s +5.309s 31 11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m42.285s +6.995s 19
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Kimi Raikkonen still unsure how Ferrari compares to F1 rivals
Kimi Raikkonen is still unsure how competitive Ferrari is after eight days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in 2014.
The 2007 F1 world champion set the seventh fastest time overall across four days of running in Bahrain last week, just behind double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso, who drove the car on the first two days.
While Raikkonen played down the disruption caused by a crash at the end of the final day, telemetry issues earlier in the week prevented the Scuderia from undertaking a race-run at the Sakhir circuit.
Raikkonen reckons the team has proven the reliability of its package, but he is yet to get an idea of how Ferrari stacks up against its opposition.
"We’re not really so impressive in our lap time but we will see exactly where we are in Australia in the first race," he said.
"From the reliability aspect we are OK, but speed-wise I don’t know where we are.
"I think we are not too bad really. There are lots of things to do still, and obviously I know our own situation but I’ve no idea what the others are doing.
"We’ll keep doing our work and hopefully find out we are more or less where we should be."
Raikkonen said Ferrari still needed to work on its engine and improve the set-up of the F14 T.
"It’s not too bad. Power-wise we will have to see next week what we can do, but it’s not any major issue," he added.
"There are little things we still want to improve and we will just try to understand a little bit the changes and what the car will do.
"It’s pretty OK right now, but we want to improve and there is still a long way to go before the season.
"Obviously everything is different [this year] so we are trying to learn. Next week we can put it all together and see where we are."
Giornata produttiva per Kimi
Circuito: Circuito di Sakhir – 5,412 km Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen Vettura: Ferrari F14 T Meteo: temperatura aria 20/26°C, temperatura asfalto 22/36 °C. Sole. Giri/Km percorsi: 82/443 Miglior tempo: 1:36.718 Si è conclusa oggi sul Circuito di Sakhir la seconda sessione di prove precampionato della Scuderia Ferrari, con Kimi Raikkonen nuovamente alla guida della F14 T. La giornata è stata produttiva e la squadra è riuscita a completare tutte le prove previste dal programma tecnico, nonostante l’urto della F14 T contro le barriere a cinque minuti dalla fine abbia causato la chiusura anticipata del test. Durante la mattina il lavoro della squadra è stato incentrato sulle prove di assetto, sulla valutazione degli pneumatici Medium e Soft e sulla messa a punto delle procedure di partenza. Il pomeriggio è proseguito effettuando alcune prove aerodinamiche con giri sulla lunga distanza. In totale, i giri percorsi da Kimi sono stati 82, il più veloce nel tempo di 1:36.718. Nell’arco delle quattro giornate di Sakhir, la F14 T ha completato 287 tornate, pari a 1,553 km.“Siamo riusciti a migliorare alcune cose da Jerez e continuiamo a capire cose nuove sul comportamento della vettura” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Abbiamo provato diverse soluzioni per cercare di prepararci al meglio per i test della prossima settimana e per l’inizio della stagione. L’urto contro le barriere? Mi sono girato sul cordolo all’uscita della curva 4, può succedere! Fortunatamente è avvenuto nel finale, mi dispiace solamente che costringerà la squadra a fare del lavoro extra.”Il prossimo appuntamento in pista è per il 27 febbraio, quando la Scuderia Ferrari e le dieci squadre di Formula 1 torneranno sul Circuito di Sakhir per il terzo e conclusivo test prima dell’inizio del Campionato.
Räikkönen: “Concentrati sul nostro lavoro”
Sakhir, 22 febbraio – Anche il secondo test della stagione è concluso. Kimi Raikkonen traccia un bilancio dei suoi due giorni al volante della Ferrari F14 T: “Non riesco ancora a dire quanto siamo veloci, è solo il secondo test della stagione ed è difficile capire quali sono i valori in campo. Una cosa è certa, via via che prenderemo confidenza con la vettura diventeremo sempre più veloci. Non credo che neanche il prossimo test in Bahrain sarà rivelatorio, per capirne di più bisognerà arrivare in Australia. La macchina è ancora un laboratorio, ci sono ancora diverse cose che dobbiamo finire di conoscere e di provare. Devo dire che prima di poterci dire al cento per cento pronti abbiamo ancora molto lavoro da fare”.Degli avversari il finlandese non si preoccupa più di tanto: “Certamente i team motorizzati Mercedes sono andati bene qui ma noi avevamo un programma e non è detto che quelli che hanno fatto i tempi migliori ne avessero uno uguale. Come detto questo è un test e nei test si provano cose, si farà sul serio da Melbourne in poi. A noi in questo momento non interessa perfezionare la velocità ma l’affidabilità per portare a termine senza problemi le prime gare. Anche i giri fatti con le gomme più morbide non erano finalizzati alla ricerca della prestazione ma a valutare quali assetti preparare in funzione di quel tipo di gomma. I long run fatti dagli altri non mi preoccupano, noi abbiamo i nostri programmi. I long run per noi sono previsti la settimana prossima”.Il test si è concluso con un incidente, a cinque minuti dalla fine della sessione: “A fine turno non si è trattato di un problema tecnico, sono semplicemente finito in testacoda alla curva 4, ho danneggiato la vettura ma non credo sarà un problema rimetterla a posto per la settimana prossima. Forse sono finito troppo largo su un cordolo, poi si è innescato un pattinamento che mi ha fatto perdere il controllo della vettura e ho sbattuto”.
Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen accepts the blame for Day Four crash in Bahrain
Kimi Raikkonen admitted it was his fault he spun into the barriers during the final minutes of Day Four the first Bahrain test.
The Finn ensured the four days of running finished under a red flag after he caused significant damage to the front of the F14 T.
"I spun, hit the wall and that is it," the Finn told the media when asked what had happened. "I spun on the kerb at the exit of turn 4, these things can happen! Luckily, it was right at the end of the day, I’m only sorry because it means the team now has more work to do."
Raikkonen’s accident came on his 82nd lap of the day and, with Ferrari currently sitting third in the pre-season mileage charts, the Finn admits he is pleased with how the Scuderia’s preparations are progressing.
"I think they are not too bad really," he added. "Obviously there are a lot of things to do still, but I can only look at our own situation – we don’t know what the others are doing and are not really interested in that at present.
"We will see exactly where we are at the first race. The reliability aspect has been okay for us, but speed wise I don’t know where we are, but we will keep doing our work and hopefully find out we are more or less where we should be. I think it is pretty okay right now, but for sure we want to improve things and there is still a long way to go before the season.
"You always want more laps, but we didn’t have any problems and then I damaged the car with the crash. There were a lot of red flags, but we did more or less what we wanted to do. We could do long runs, but the plan was to do something else."
The 34-year-old missed the final two races of the 2013 season to have surgery on a long-standing back injury – reported to have been caused by a testing accident in 2001 for Sauber – but the Finn insists he is now fighting fit once more.
"It has been okay since I had the operation and hopefully it stays like that," he said. "With these things you never know, it has been there for a long time and some days it is good and the next day it might not be. It is one of those things, but it has been much, much better."
Fastest laps of Bahrain Test One
1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:33.283, Day Four.
2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:34.263, Day Three.
3. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1:34.910, Day Two.
4. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:34.957, Day Four.
5. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:36.445, Day Two.
6. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:36.516, Day Two.
7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:36.718, Day Four.
8. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:37.066, Day Three.
9. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:37.180, Day Three
10. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:37.328, Day Two.
Bahrain F1 test: Nico Rosberg keeps Mercedes ahead as test ends
Mercedes led the way for the second consecutive day in Formula 1 testing in Bahrain, as Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the week while rival Red Bull continued its miserable pre-season.
The three-time grand prix winner became the only driver to break into the 1m33s with a blistering set of short runs on Pirelli’s soft tyre in the morning before completing a race run of more than 50 laps in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, Red Bull managed just 15 laps with Daniel Ricciardo as the team encountered yet more problems with its troublesome new car.
The team parked the RB10 early with software and mechanical issues and spent much of the afternoon working furiously on the car in the garage.
The other Renault-engined teams also endured a difficult day.
Jean-Eric Vergne completed just 19 laps in the Toro Rosso, while Pastor Maldonado suffered another glut of problems with the Lotus E22, though he did manage 59 laps between issues and the fastest time by a Renault-powered car so far.
Caterham managed nearly 100 laps with Marcus Ericsson yesterday, but an electrical issue restricted the Swede to just four today.
Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi took the repaired car out and managed 17 laps in the final hour.
Jenson Button’s McLaren-Mercedes went second fastest for the second consecutive day, racking up 66 laps as the Woking squad continued its solid showing in Bahrain.
Of the other Mercedes-engined teams, new Williams signing Felipe Nasr managed nearly 90 laps and went fourth fastest on his F1 driving debut, while Force India’s Sergio Perez was sixth quickest on his first day in the VJM07, but had his running curtailed by a gearbox issue after just 19 laps.
Kimi Raikkonen bounced back from a telemetry issue yesterday to log 82 laps for Ferrari and post the third quickest time on Pirelli’s soft tyre.
He got within two tenths of Fernando Alonso’s best lap on day two, but brought the test to an early halt when he crashed his Ferrari at Turn 4.
Adrian Sutil only managed seven laps after Sauber found a problem with its chassis in the morning, while Marussia encountered engine and fuel problems that restricted Jules Bianchi to just five circuits.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.283s 89 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.957s +1.674s 66 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.718s +3.435s 82 4. Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1m37.569s +4.286s 87 5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m38.707s +5.424s 59 6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m39.258s +5.975s 19 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m39.837s +6.554s 15 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m40.472s +7.189s 19 9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m43.027s +9.744s 17 10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m45.094s +11.811s 4 11. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari no time 5 12. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari no time 5
Kimi Raikkonen says Bahrain F1 test crash not too disruptive
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari is still on course with its Formula 1 testing programme, despite crashing heavily at the end of the final day of the second test in Bahrain.
The 2007 world champion lost control of the F14 T on the exit of Turn 4 and speared into the wall, ripping off the left front wheel and causing an early halt to proceedings.
"I was on a kerb and got some fairly massive wheelspin," said Raikkonen. "I couldn’t catch it anymore and unfortunately it went directly into the wall and damaged the car.
"Things happen so I wouldn’t say it’s my fault. We improved the settings a lot and it’s not too bad, but there’s a lot of torque in the car."
Raikkonen had earlier set the third fastest time on a day when Mercedes dominated the timesheet once again.
The Finn’s crash and the telemetry issue he suffered on Friday have limited Ferrari’s running and delayed a plan to try a race run with the F14 T.
But Raikkonen does not feel this puts the team at a disadvantage compared to Mercedes, which completed a race run of more than 50 laps with Nico Rosberg at the wheel on day four.
"We always want more laps, but today we didn’t have any problems," Raikkonen added.
"Obviously I damaged the car with the crash and there were many red flags, but we did more or less what we wanted to. I don’t think it’s an issue.
"We could do long runs but the plan was to do something different. In the next test for sure we can do them."
Prove di assetto per Kimi
Circuito: Circuito di Sakhir – 5,412 km Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen Vettura: Ferrari F14 T Meteo: temperatura aria 21/27°C, temperatura asfalto 20/32 °C. Sole. Giri/Km percorsi: 44/238 Miglior tempo: 1:37.476 Terza giornata di prove della Scuderia Ferrari e prima per Kimi Raikkonen, tornato alla guida della F14 T numero 7. La giornata è iniziata con alcune misurazioni aerodinamiche, qualche prova di assetto e partenze dalla pit-lane. Dopo dodici giri la squadra ha riscontrato un problema sulla programmazione dei dati riguardanti la telemetria ed è stata costretta ai box per ripristinare le normali funzionalità del sistema. Il programma è ripreso in modo più proficuo nel pomeriggio e la squadra ha impiegato il tempo a disposizione per proseguire il lavoro sull’assetto della vettura.“Non abbiamo fatto tanti chilometri quanti speravamo perché anche un problema di entità minore può causare dei ritardi significativi” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Questo spiega la complessità dei nuovi sistemi anche se nel pomeriggio siamo riusciti a girare con regolarità. È stato utile per ritrovare il feeling all’interno dell’abitacolo dopo il test di Jerez e per verificare alcuni settaggi sul bilanciamento della vettura”.
[…] Discorso opposto invece per la Ferrari, come la classica eccezione che conferma la regola. Problemi non insormontabili né realmente drammatici hanno infatti tenuto fermo a lungo Raikkonen ai box, ed è solo per questo che non è riuscito a fare di più del 6° tempo e di 44 giri. Ma niente panico! Non è la macchina ad essere in discussione, né il team. Purtroppo gli inconvenienti relativi ai trasponder che ieri avevano colpito McLaren e Caterham, stavolta hanno preso di mira la Ferrari. Il problema è che questi componenti – forniti dalla Fia a tutte le squadre – a quanto pare hanno inciso sull’intero sistema gestionale, arrivando a bloccare anche i servomeccanismi del cambio. Sarebbe stato così necessario un intervento profondo e non semplice che ha richiesto molto tempo. Ma nulla vieta di pensare ci si possa rifare domani. […]
E la Ferrari? Al solito, i programmi dei rossi sono diversi dagli altri. La specifica di motore montata oggi per Raikkonen doveva andare in una direzione diversa, ma si è capito poco per via del problema alla telemetria che ha bloccato anche la trasmissione. «Questo – dice Kimi – ti fa capire la complessità di queste vetture. Ma girando costantemente al pomeriggio, ho ritrovato il feeling nell’abitacolo e verificato alcune regolazioni sul bilanciamento».
L’abitacolo, Raikkonen lo aveva fatto modificare – parliamo di posto guida – già la settimana scorsa a Maranello. Sul bilanciamento c’è ancora da lavorare, non si vede la stabilità della Mercedes in uscita di curva. In compenso, in frenata, il gran lavoro fatto sul brake-by-wire sembra pagare. La F14 T ha meno problemi degli altri. […]
Bahrain F1 test: Hamilton fastest as Red Bull woes continue
Lewis Hamilton ended the third day of Formula 1 testing in Bahrain on top of the timesheets for Mercedes, while Red Bull was forced to finish its running early.
The 2008 world champion took up a commanding position at the head of the field after a series of short runs in the morning, as Mercedes worked on what it called "different set-ups".
Hamilton spent a long time in the garage in the middle of the afternoon, before returning to the action with little more than half an hour remaining and adding another 22 laps to his total
For most of the day nobody got within three seconds of Hamilton’s best, with Jenson Button leading the following pack.
The Briton was briefly knocked back to third by Esteban Gutierrez around lunchtime, before he put in a lap time 0.7 seconds adrift of Hamilton during a busy afternoon where he completed a mammoth 75 laps in the MP4-29.
One car that was rarely seen on track in the afternoon was Red Bull’s RB10 with Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian, following on from a day where team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed 59 laps, had to make do with a total of 28 for the day – and just five in the afternoon – before Red Bull called time on its activities around 30 minutes before the track was closed.
The team’s race engineer co-ordinator Andy Damerum revealed that a mechanical problem was found on the car while set-up changes were being carried out, and the issue required the crew to dismantle the RB10 so it could be fixed for the final day of running on Saturday.
Lotus also had another troublesome day, as Pastor Maldonado twice caused red flags after making a promising start in terms of mileage in the morning.
Before the car hit trouble, Lotus did at least become only the second Renault-powered team (after Caterham) to set a lap time under 1m40s this week. A late effort from Daniil Kvyat helped Toro Rosso join that club as well.
Ferrari also had a tricky day, with Kimi Raikkonen losing a lot of track time during the middle of the test while it solved a telemetry issue.
Elsewhere in the field, Williams spent most of its time focusing on pitstop practice, as it gave drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa half a day of running each.
Marussia decided to perform an engine change after Max Chilton was forced to stop with just four laps on the board early in the day, but the team was unable to get it completed before the end of the session.
Its perennial rival Caterham had another good day in terms of mileage, as Marcus Ericsson’s 98 laps helped contribute towards him becoming eligible for a superlicence.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.263s 67 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.976s +0.713s 103 3. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m37.066s +2.803s 60 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.180s +2.917s 96 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m37.367s +3.104s 57 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.476s +3.213s 44 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m38.974s +4.711s 57 8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m39.642s +5.379s 26 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m40.781s +6.518s 28 10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m42.130s +7.867s 98 11. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m46.672s +12.409s 4 12. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes no time 55
Da Autosprint n.5 del 04/02/2014:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Day 1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m23.276s Thurs 2. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m23.700s +0.424s Thurs 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.952s +0.676s Thurs 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.165s +0.889s Weds 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +1.536s Weds 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +2.068s Weds 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.495s +2.219s Thurs 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +2.312s Weds 9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.096s +2.820s Thurs 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +5.100s Weds 11. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1m29.457s +6.181s Fri 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m29.915s +6.639s Thurs 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m30.161s +6.885s Thurs 14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m32.222s +8.946s Fri 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.994s Weds 16. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.795s +14.519s Weds 17. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.820s +15.544s Weds 18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m43.193s +19.917s Fri 19. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m44.016s +20.740s Fri 20. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m45.374s +22.098s Fri 21. Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault No time Thurs 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari No time Thurs Mileage by driver Driver Team Laps Kms 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 188 832 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 173 766 3. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 162 717 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 133 588 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 121 535 6. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 103 456 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 83 367 8. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 81 358 9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 345 10. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 60 265 11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 54 239 12. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 48 212 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 45 199 14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 42 185 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 25 110 16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 17 75 17. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 12 53 18. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 11 48 19. Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 10 44 20. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 10 44 21. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 9 39 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 5 22 Mileage by team 1. Team Laps Kms 2. Mercedes 309 1368 3. Ferrari 251 1111 4. McLaren 245 1084 5. Williams 175 774 6. Sauber 163 721 7. Force India 146 646 8. Caterham 76 336 9. Toro Rosso 54 239 10. Marussia 30 132 11. Red Bull 21 92 Mileage by engine manufacturer Engine Laps Kms 1. Mercedes 875 3874 2. Ferrari 444 1966 3. Renault 151 668
Kimi: “Due giorni positivi”
Circuito: Circuito de Jerez – 4,428 km
Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen
Vettura: Ferrari F14 T
Meteo: temperatura aria 9/14°C, temperatura asfalto 10/15 °C. Pioggia leggera al mattino, sole e nuvoloso al pomeriggio.
Giri/Km percorsi: 47/208
Miglior tempo: 1:24.812
Seconda giornata di prove a Jerez de la Frontera per Kimi Raikkonen alla guida della F14 T. A causa delle condizioni meteorologiche, la mattina è iniziata con le prove richieste dalla Pirelli per lo sviluppo degli pneumatici da bagnato. La Scuderia è riuscita a saggiare rapidamente le gomme intermedie sfruttando cosi il tempo rimanente e il progressivo miglioramento della pista per iniziare a lavorare sui parametri della vettura in previsione del programma pomeridiano. A fine giornata Raikkonen è riuscito a completare un totale di 47 giri, il migliore in 1:24.812, continuando il lavoro di controllo delle funzionalità della vettura ed effettuando alcune regolazione dell’assetto.“Ogni volta che scendiamo in pista impariamo nuove cose” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Questa settimana non contano i tempi ma solamente riuscire a fare un buon numero di giri senza avere problemi e fortunatamente ci siamo riusciti in entrambi i giorni. La squadra lavora duramente e in Bahrain al prossimo test continueremo a migliorarci.”Le prove su questo circuito proseguiranno anche domani, con il debutto stagionale di Fernando Alonso.
Allison su Kimi: “Molto forte, incredibilmente preciso”
Jerez de la Frontera, 29 gennaio – Un buon inizio. Sono sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda Kimi Raikkonen e James Allison alla fine della seconda delle quattro giornate di prove in programma sul circuito di Jerez, in Andalusia.“Abbiamo gettato delle buone basi di partenza per continuare lo sviluppo della F14 T” – ha detto il Direttore Tecnico della Scuderia a http://www.ferrari.com – “Stiamo lavorando principalmente sull’affidabilità della vettura e, fino ad ora, possiamo dire di essere abbastanza soddisfatti perché, pur trattandosi di un progetto pressoché totalmente nuovo, non abbiamo avuto nessun problema rilevante. Siamo inoltre contenti dei parametri riscontrati sia per quanto riguarda il raffreddamento che per ciò che concerne il carico aerodinamico: entrambi corrispondono alle nostre aspettative”.Richiesto di un parere sul secondo debutto di Kimi in rosso, Allison si è così espresso: “E’ sempre il solito fortissimo pilota, caratterizzato dalla sua tipica flemma” – sorride – “E’ difficile che si entusiasmi eccessivamente per qualcosa ma dà i riscontri giusti ai tecnici per proseguire nel lavoro. Magari non parlerà troppo ma è incredibilmente accurato quando si tratta di spiegare dove bisogna intervenire per far andare più veloce la vettura”.Allison ammette di non aver minimamente guardato che cosa stanno facendo le altre squadre quindi non è in grado di dare alcun giudizio sulla competitività della F14 T: “C’è troppo lavoro da fare per pensare agli altri. Bisogna stare attenti ad ogni dettaglio perché basta un nulla per farti rimanere a piedi. Da qui a Melbourne dovremo sistemare ogni particolare per poter essere pronti alla prima gara”.
L’analisi: la Ferrari funziona più della Red Bull
Vettel alla Ferrari. No, il mercato per adesso non si muove, ma Sebastian sì. Visibilmente seccato, dopo il guasto al recupero di energia che ha mandato in fumo pezzi di carrozzeria e programma di test, il campione del mondo è andato a mangiare alla Rossa. Con Pedro de la Rosa e Charlie Whiting, delegato Fia.
E mentre lui si sfogava sulla pasta, la Ferrari macinava chilometri. 47 giri, cinquanta in meno della “maratona” di Rosberg, ma sufficienti a dare il sorriso al dt James Allison: «Siamo ragionevolmente contenti, non c’è nessun guasto “killer” che non sia stato preso in considerazione. In questi primi due giorni conta solo girare, per programmare la vettura con i miliardi di numeri che servono a farla funzionare. Ci sono cose in apparenza semplici, ma indispensabili per questa vettura, come il raffreddamento di tutti i vari fluidi».
La F14 T soddisfa Allison anche come estetica: «Ha linee pulite ed è compatta, ma aggressiva. Frutto di un lavoro di due anni sull’installazione delle varie componenti».
Kimi Raikkonen è a posto così: «In questi giorni lavorano più gli ingegneri che i piloti. Ma a ogni uscita impariamo qualcosa e l’importante adesso è fare strada».
In pista, la Ferrari è la più silenziosa, quasi “elettrica”, e Kimi mette in mostra un grande controllo, quasi da rallysta, in un momento in cui tutti faticano a stare in pista per la riduzione del 20 per cento della deportanza. Riduzione che la McLaren risolve a suo modo, con la “butterfly” suspension, la sospensione coi triangoli sdoppiati e carenati (nell’immagine sotto) in modo da formare un vero profilo alare. «L’ho solo vista in foto, non voglio giudicare», commenta Allison.
Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button and McLaren fastest, Renault in trouble
Jenson Button’s McLaren topped the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, as the Mercedes-engined teams demonstrated an early advantage in 2014.
Button topped the official wet-weather running in the morning, despite the MP4-29 not having appeared at all on day one in Spain.
The track dried after midday and drivers switched to slick rubber.
Button then swapped fastest laps with the Force India of former team-mate Sergio Perez.
The McLaren was on top when Perez stopped at Turn 1 and brought out the day’s second red flag, the first one having occurred when Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez spun into the gravel at Turn 5.
After the smoking Force India had been removed, Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, day one pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas all usurped Button’s times.
Each had their time on top of the timesheets, but after a third red flag in the penultimate hour – caused by Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham stopping – Button recorded a 1m24.165s on Pirelli’s medium tyre.
Raikkonen ended up second with a 1m24.812s, while Bottas achieved a 1m25.344s on the special Jerez hard rubber to be third fastest with the FW36.
Perhaps more eye-catching, though, was Rosberg’s day. Although he ended up only fourth, with a 1m25.588s on the normal Pirelli hard, the Mercedes driver was the only man to complete long runs, twice making it into double figures between pit visits.
He was able to lap consistently in the 1m27s and 1m28s on his final long run, which lasted for 24 laps.
His ultimate tally of 97 laps compared favourably with pacesetter Button’s 43 and Mercedes ended the day by using flow visualisation paint on the rear of the W05.
Perez ended up fifth, well clear of Gutierrez, who never bettered 1m33s despite completing over 50 laps.
The Renault-engined teams struggled with a suspected energy store issue. Caterham’s Ericsson managed the most laps with 11, but his best was nearly 14 seconds slower than Button.
Red Bull gave up running altogether after Sebastian Vettel had managed a handful of laps early on, while Toro Rosso failed to make it out at all.
The only other team scheduled to run at Jerez, Marussia, did take delivery of its car at the end of the afternoon and hopes to run on day three.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m24.165s 43 2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +0.647s 47 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +1.179s 35 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +1.423s 97 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +4.211s 37 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.105s 53 7. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.975s +13.810s 11 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.320s +14.155s 8
Raikkonen: lack of running was expected on first day of F1 test
Kimi Raikkonen says he is not surprised at the high attrition rate that blighted the first Formula 1 pre-season test day.
The Finn managed to top the timesheets after completing 31 laps in his new Ferrari, on a day when many of his potential title rivals hit trouble.
McLaren failed to run at all, Red Bull only managed three laps at the end of the day and Mercedes had to cut short its running after Lewis Hamilton crashed.
But rather than view the difficult first day of the new turbo cars as something to be worried about, Raikkonen thinks it was to be expected.
"For sure everybody wants to see more laps and we want to do more laps, but it is pretty normal with such a big change," said Raikkonen.
"It will take a little bit of time before we can run 100 per cent all the time and not have issues.
"I think we have started pretty OK."
Raikkonen reckons his day had been more normal than it appeared from the outside, and did not think the new cars were particularly different to drive compared to last year’s V8-powered machines.
"I think the biggest challenge is getting all the new stuff working as we want, and working together," he explained.
"It is much trickier than what we are used to, but from the driving side I don’t think it is an awful lot different.
"It is just the first day with all new stuff so it takes time to get things up to speed. One day to go, a lot of work to do, we know that.
"But we expected these first test days to learn things, so I really don’t feel like it is such a big difference to this year or any previous one."
Jerez Test Session – 28 January 2014
Circuit: Jerez circuit– 4.428 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 7/15°C, track temperature 8/19 °C. Sunny in the
morning, cloudy in the afternoon with some light rain.
Laps/Kms. completed: 32/141
Best time: 1:27.104
It was a double debut today at Jerez de la Frontera, as pre-season testing got underway.
The F14 T took its first steps and Kimi Raikkonen was back at the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car, after an absence of over four years.
The day’s technical programme was only interrupted once, right at the beginning, when the driver was asked to stop the car at the side of the track as a precautionary measure. Over the course of the day, work centred exclusively on checking the functionality of the F14 T’s on-board systems and some aerodynamic mapping.
By the end of what was a good day’s testing, Raikkonen had completed 32 laps, thenquickest in a time of 1.27.104.
“We had a lot of new things to learn today” – said Kimi to http://www.ferrari.com – “Even if we would have liked to do more laps, I think that for a first day it was alright. Towards then end, when the track was damp, we chose not to take any risks. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us, but all in all, we are pleased with our first day.”
Testing continues here tomorrow, again with Kimi Raikkonen on track.
Jerez F1 test: Raikkonen quickest for Ferrari on first day of 2014
Kimi Raikkonen went fastest on the first day of his Ferrari return as only six drivers set times on a stunted opening to Formula 1 2014 pre-season testing.
The Finn leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes one hour from the day’s end, with the Briton’s session ending prematurely after a front wing failure sent him crashing into the Turn 1 barriers.
Hamilton had previously been the first man to venture out on track and the first man to set a competitive time, and was more than five seconds clear at the head of the timesheets when he suffered the accident.
He was unable to return, but remained upbeat about the team’s day one showing.
In contrast, Red Bull’s reigning champion Sebastian Vettel managed just three installation laps in the final minutes of the day, while McLaren failed to get out at all.
At the time of Hamilton’s crash, which came at midday, Jean-Eric Vergne had been Hamilton’s closest challenger in terms of both lap count and time, even if his deficit was sizeable.
His day was also curtailed early however when the Toro Rosso developed problems heading into the final two hours.
In their absence, Raikkonen rose to the fore, clocking 31 laps and setting the fastest time, a 1m27.104s.
The Finn’s day had started auspiciously when his F14 T stopped just five corners into its maiden installation lap at Jerez, a halt the team described as precautionary.
He was not alone in hitting trouble: as well as Hamilton and Vergne’s issues, Sergio Perez brought about a fourth red flag when he too stopped on the first lap with new team Force India.
The Mexican eventually clocked 10 timed laps, setting his best – a 1m33.161s – as the chequered flag fell.
That put him fourth overall, six seconds off Raikkonen’s benchmark and four off Valtteri Bottas, who ended the day third for Williams.
The team was only able to get its car out in the final part of the day due to electrical gremlins and an engine sensor issue, but managed seven timed laps.
That left Vergne down in fifth, but still comfortably ahead of the Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, the day’s final classified runner.
As well as Vettel, Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson also got out but failed to set a time.
The Swede managed just one exploratory lap in the CT05, which was unveiled late in the afternoon.
McLaren was not able to join the fray, suffering with electronic/hydraulic issues, while Marussia is not expected to run until Thursday at the earliest, having elected to keep its car in the UK to deal with a late technical glitch.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.104s 31 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.820s +0.716s 18 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m30.082s +2.978s 7 4. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m33.161s +6.057s 11 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.530s +9.426s 15 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.257s +15.153s 7 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time 3 8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault No time 1
Kimi Raikkonen to drive in Silverstone’s Formula 1 test
Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Lotus in the young driver test at Silverstone next week, after being drafted in to help work on Pirelli’s new tyres.
With race drivers being allowed to run on one of the scheduled three days, Lotus has called on Raikkonen to help provide input on the new tyre construction that will be introduced from the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The Finn will drive on the Friday, with Lotus also running Nicolas Prost on the Wednesday and Davide Valsecchi on the Thursday.
Alan Permane, Lotus’s trackside operations director, believes that the three-day test from July 17-19 was vital for his team as it prepared for the second half of the campaign.
"This will be an interesting test and we have a lot planned across the three days," he said. "Obviously we want to give all three drivers the maximum track time possible as well as assessing the latest upgrades to the car.
"Our aim on the third day will be to help Pirelli understand the latest changes to their tyres at the same venue where they most notably had issues this season."
He added: "Kimi is also allowed to run, enabling him and other race drivers to test tyres for Pirelli. This will benefit both him and Romain by granting us a better understanding of these tyres before we head to the next event in Hungary."
Homework – Lotus F1 Team Announces 2013 Young Driver Test Lineup
The test – originally intended solely for young drivers, but adapted to allow race drivers to test Pirelli’s new tyres – will see Development Driver Nicolas Prost drive on Wednesday, followed by Third Driver Davide Valsecchi on Thursday, with Kimi Räikkönen bringing the test to a conclusion on Friday.
Both Nicolas and Davide have previously driven the team’s 2012 Formula 1 car – the E20 – at last year’s Young Driver Test, whilst Davide has also taken the wheel of the current model – the E21 – for half a day’s running during 2013 pre-season testing.
Eric Boullier, Team Principal
“It’s great timing for us to have this season’s Young Driver Test scheduled in the middle of the year as it allows us to evaluate more of the new parts we have for the E21 as the championship battle intensifies. Remarkably, the UK has been having some notably good weather recently so we’re looking forward to getting some good running across the three days. By running Nicolas and Davide we are giving them both invaluable experience and also gaining great feedback, as we’ve previously seen what they can do in the car and appreciate the valuable information they give us. it’s a fabulous second opportunity for all Formula 1 fans to come and see the teams in action at Silverstone.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director
“This will be an interesting test and we have a lot planned across the three days. Obviously we want to give all three drivers the maximum track time possible as well as assessing the latest upgrades to the car. Our aim on the third day will be to help Pirelli understand the latest changes to their tyres at the same venue where they most notably had issues this season. For Nico and Davide it’s an opportunity to learn and improve, while for the team it is a great opportunity to try to refine some of the latest developments we have for the E21. Kimi is also allowed to run, enabling him and other race drivers to test tyres for Pirelli. This will benefit both him and Romain by granting us a better understanding of these tyres before we head to the next event in Hungary.”
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Barcelona F1 testing: Nico Rosberg and Mercedes fastest on last day
Mercedes ended the final day of 2013 pre-season Formula 1 testing on top thanks to Nico Rosberg.
The German recorded a 1m20.130s at Barcelona on soft tyres after trading fastest laps with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso for much of the morning session.
Most teams concentrated on higher fuel runs or the harder tyres in the afternoon, so there were few improvements after the break.
That meant the top duo’s advantage remained at around one second, with Jenson Button’s McLaren third from the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg.
Force India’s Paul di Resta finished the morning in fifth, but was knocked down a place by one of the few improvers of the afternoon.
Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus spent most of the morning in the pits thanks to a gearbox problem. A couple of soft-tyre runs towards the end of the afternoon nevertheless lifted him to fifth.
The only other changes to the timesheets in the afternoon came from drivers who had not been part of the morning session.
Valtteri Bottas took over from Pastor Maldonado at Williams and was just over 0.1s slower than the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix winner as the FW35 took seventh and ninth.
At Marussia, Max Chilton took over from Jules Bianchi. A late improvement meant he recorded 1m24.103s, but that was almost a second slower than his new team-mate’s best from the morning.
Red Bull again proved difficult to read. A mix of unmarked tyres and harder rubber meant Sebastian Vettel never went for a headline time and thus ended up eighth.
TODAY'S TIMES Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps Tyres 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.130s 131 Soft 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m20.494s + 0.364s 120 Soft 3. Jenson Button McLaren 1m21.444s + 1.314s 122 Soft 4. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1m21.541s + 1.411s 118 Soft 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m21.658s + 1.528s 50 Soft 6. Paul di Resta Force India 1m21.664s + 1.534s 112 Soft 7. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m22.415s + 2.285s 42 Soft 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m22.514s + 2.384s 100 Soft 9. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m22.524s + 2.394s 31 Soft 10. Charles Pic Caterham 1m23.115s + 2.985s 116 Soft 11. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m23.167s + 3.037s 62 Soft 12. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m23.628s + 3.498s 91 Soft 13. Max Chilton Marussia 1m24.103s + 3.973s 49 Soft
Kimi Raikkonen insists Lotus reliability not a worry as F1 test ends
Kimi Raikkonen has no concerns over the reliability of his Lotus, despite losing a large chunk of the final day of Formula 1 testing at Barcelona to a gearbox problem.
The Finn had already missed the third day of the Barcelona test due to illness and was replaced in the E21 by reserve driver Davide Valsecchi and Romain Grosjean.
And he completed just seven laps during Sunday morning’s running as the team investigated a problem with the gearbox and then opted to change it.
When asked by AUTOSPORT whether he was worried about the possibility of unreliability derailing a potential title campaign, Raikkonen said: "Not really.
"The few times that problems have cost us many hours, it’s always been the same thing. And we don’t expect it to happen when it’s warmer.
"When you have these problems, you can never be 100 per cent that it won’t happen again.
"But we had some problems in testing last year and then found the racing was OK. I think it will be the same story again."
Lotus technical director James Allison said that despite the loss of track time, Raikkonen’s afternoon, which revolved around a number of four to seven lap stints on medium and soft tyres, had given the team reason to be optimistic for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
"Today was something like this entire test in microcosm; we spent too much of the day in the garage, but when we did get out on track we made good progress.
"A definite positive is that we are not finding it difficult to be on the pace, and we haven’t had to resort to low-fuel runs at any of the tests to get a good time out of the car."
Kimi Räikkönen Confident in E21 Reliability
Pre-season has been a bit of a rollercoaster for you by all accounts; are you satisfied with progress over the past few weeks?
For sure this winter could have run a bit smoother for us and there have been a few problems here and there, but this is pretty normal and whenever we’ve been out on track the car has felt good. The issues we’ve had have been pretty minor and we’ve found solutions to all of them, but unfortunately they took a bit of time to fix so in the end it’s cost us track time which is a shame. If you look back at last year the car was very reliable, so hopefully it will be the same again this season; I’m not worried about it.
Tyres have been at the centre of controversy once again; what are your thoughts on the 2013 rubber?
They have been graining pretty badly, but that was expected because of the cold and it’s the same for everyone. It’s difficult to say how they’ll behave until we get to the first race, but hopefully it will be quite different in the warmer conditions. If it’s the same as what we’ve seen here then they could be the main difference between the teams for sure… getting the most out of them will be important for everyone.
Less than two weeks now until the first race of the season; where do you think the team stands heading to Melbourne?
It’s hard to say as you never know what kind of programme the others are running. We’ve run through a lot of assessments over the past few weeks and the feeling in the team is that we have a strong basis to start the season, even if we haven’t shown that every day. I’m happy with the car and looking forward to going racing. Whether we’ll be up there from the start we won’t know until we get there, but we don’t have to wait very long to find out…
Kimi Raikkonen back in action at final Formula 1 test after illness
Kimi Raikkonen was well enough to return to the Lotus cockpit for the final day of 2013 Formula 1 winter testing at Barcelona on Sunday after missing day three of the test due to illness.
The Finn had been scheduled to take over from Romain Grosjean for Saturday and Sunday.
But he was struck with suspected food poisoning and had to take Saturday to recover.
Grosjean had already left the track, so reserve driver Davide Valsecchi was called up to begin running for Lotus until the Frenchman made it back to Barcelona.
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier said on Saturday night that Raikkonen was expected to be fit enough to drive on Sunday, and he duly took to the track when the session began.
Grosjean remains on standby to take over in case of further problems.