GP Spagna, commenti giovedì–08/05/2014
Raikkonen: “Much better understanding of our car now”
Montmelo, 8 May – Kimi Raikkonen had the honour of being the first driver to hold a media session in Scuderia Ferrari’s newly refurbished Media unit at the Catalunya circuit, as this weekend marks the first appearance of the season for the trucks and hospitality units, with the F1 calendar finally reaching Europe.
However, even if we are in Spain, the Finn’s first question involved looking back to the tough weekend in Shanghai. “We have had a difficult start to the season, so we need to get things on track and fix that situation,” admitted Kimi. “It’s not an easy task, but I’m sure we can do much better. In China there were a lot of small things that influenced the final result and we would have understood the problems sooner if I had managed to take part in first practice. That made the rest of the weekend difficult. But we know what happened. So far, this year has not been very straightforward but I am hopeful we can turn it round. I am sure we will get there, the question is when. Hopefully soon.”
With Mercedes having won all four races so far, a common question the length of the paddock today was, are they uncatchable in the title race. The Ferrari man isn’t sure. “We have been working hard and we have improved the car at every race and even a small thing can make a big difference to something like the handling for example,” said Kimi. “We have a much better understanding of our car now, but the others are still pushing to improve too. Hopefully at some races soon we will be able to fight with them.”
Asked about the importance of getting a good result in Barcelona, Raikkonen did not believe this was a make or break weekend: “It would be nice to get a good result here as that always makes life easier, but getting a good result here rather than at any other circuit is not going to change the year completely,” he stated. “If we get the car running the way we like then we can get the results we want. The important thing is to have a clean weekend.”
Le novità sulla Ferrari secondo Autosprint:
[…]E allora quali sono queste “piccole nuove parti” sulla macchina di cui parla Alonso? Fondamentalmente si tratta di modifiche al sistema di gestione del motore, dell’elettronica e del turbo per livellare la risposta del propulsore in fase di accelerazione e fare in modo che la cavalleria sia scaricata meno bruscamente e non “mangi” le gomme; poi sono state apportate modifiche per migliorare la macchina in frenata e scalata, così che la F14 T sia più reattiva e stabile in inserimento di curva.
Alcuni piccoli interventi sono stati fatti su misura per Raikkonen per rimediare ai suoi specifici problemi: si è lavorato sulla sospensione anteriore della sua monoposto per trovare un assetto che dia al pilota più confidenza in ingresso di curva. Invece sembrano risolte le incertezze in creata si cui si lamentava proprio Raikkonen: il brake by wire (che agisce solo sui freni posteriori perché connesso con il sistema di recupero energia) ora funziona meglio e non dà più a Raikkonen quella poca sensibilità in frenata di cui si lamentava nelle prime due gare delll’anno.[…]