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.
British GP: Ferrari unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test
The Ferrari Formula 1 team is unsure if Kimi Raikkonen will be fit to test at Silverstone this week following his British Grand Prix accident.
Raikkonen suffered bruises to his knee and ankle following a high-speed crash into the barriers on the Wellington Straight on the opening lap of the race.
After checks at Silverstone’s medical centre showed that there was no serious injury to the Finn, who hobbled away from his wrecked Ferrari, his bosses are waiting to see if he will be fit enough to drive again this week.
When asked by AUTOSPORT about whether or not Raikkonen will be well enough to take part in the test, Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said: "Kimi is OK.
"We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we see after today.
"I want to be 100 per cent sure that he will be fine before [he does it]. But there is no major issue at the moment."
Raikkonen had been due to drive on one of the two days of Silverstone test, with development driver Pedro de la Rosa taking part on the other.
If Raikkonen cannot drive then it is possible that de la Rosa does both days, or Fernando Alonso could be drafted in instead.
Mattiacci ruled out any kind of mechanical failure for Raikkonen’s accident, which appeared to be caused by him losing control of his car as he hit a bump while rejoining the track.
"I think that there was some kind of issue getting off the track, coming back and finding some bump," he said. "That was the issue."
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.
Da Sky Race Anatomy del 01/03/2014:
Gazzetta dello Sport del 28/02/2014:
Gazzetta dello Sport del 02/03/2014
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