Test Jerez, prima giornata–28/01/2014
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.