Test Jerez, 3° giorno, il primo di Kimi–03/02/2015
Jerez F1 test: Felipe Nasr’s Sauber pips Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari
Felipe Nasr topped the third day of Formula 1 testing at Jerez for Sauber, as the team’s soft tyre strategy finally got it ahead of Ferrari.
The Swiss team opted for a quick run on the yellow-sidewalled Pirelli tyres for the third successive day, but while it narrowly missed out on top spot to Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari on days one and two, Nasr was able to beat Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to that honour on Tuesday.
Nasr’s lap came just a couple of minutes after Raikkonen had gone quickest on a set of medium-compound tyres, during a mid-afternoon spell where the Sauber had a couple of turns at the top and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes briefly got in on the act as well.
Mercedes once again dominated in terms of mileage, with Rosberg adding 151 laps to the 157 he managed on day one and the 91 team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed before a water leak curtailed his running on Monday.
Rosberg’s day was not trouble free though, as an on-track engine shutdown forced him to a halt just before 1pm, bringing out the red flags.
That was the second stoppage of the day. Nasr had caused the first when he spun into the Turn 9 gravel when the circuit was damp in the morning.
There was a third red flag with just over one minute left in the day’s running, caused by Pastor Maldonado stopping on the backstraight.
McLaren-Honda enjoyed its best day yet as Fernando Alonso managed 32 laps in the morning, but a problem with the engine – detected by the Spaniard on an out-lap – brought its running to a premature end.
That left the MP4-30 comfortably bottom of the timesheets, as Alonso missed out on the fully dry conditions of the afternoon.
Lotus made a late start to the day due to a telemetry problem, while Red Bull suffered engine gremlins that limited Daniel Ricciardo to little more than some short runs late in the day in the RB11.
TUESDAY TEST TIMES:
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m23.187s||1.642s||137|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.901s||2.356s||49|
Jerez F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen says new Ferrari is a “different story”
Kimi Raikkonen declared the 2015 Ferrari already a “completely different story” to last season’s car after his first Formula 1 test of the year at Jerez.
Although Raikkonen led the way on day one of 2014 running 12 months ago, that proved to be the precursor to the least successful season of his F1 career.
He said there were instantly signs that 2015 should be a better year.
“There are a lot of good points in the areas where we had difficulties,” Raikkonen said.
“Obviously it’s just the first day and the circuit stayed damp for most of the day, but we had good running and got some mileage.
“The whole package is quite a bit better than how we finished last year. We’ve improved in all the areas.
“We have a lot of things to do and things to improve, but it’s definitely a positive start and we have something to work with.”
Asked to directly compare how his first impression of the SF15-T compared to his early feelings in the F14T, Raikkonen replied: “It’s a lot different. It’s a new car and you usually know if the car is going to be good or not good [immediately].
“This year is a completely different story to last year.
“It’s a positive start and I had a good feeling straightaway when I went out.”
Raikkonen’s Ferrari deal will be up for renewal at the end of 2015, but he shrugged off any suggestion that he was starting a critical year for his career.
“There is an option in the contract. I don’t mind. It’s up to me and up to the team to do a good job this year,” he said.
“If it goes badly and I don’t sign it, then I don’t sign it. It’s not the end of the world.
“The aim is to do well and have good times and for everyone to be happy.
“I’m sure we can do a good year and then we’ll see what happens in the future.
“I don’t worry about it and I don’t have to think about it.”