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Test finali a Barcellona, giorno 1–26/02/2015


Barcelona F1 test: Felipe Massa fastest on first day of final test

Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams on the first day of Formula 1’s final pre-season test at Barcelona as McLaren and Mercedes were hampered by mechanical issues.

Massa bolted on a set of soft tyres and completed a three-lap qualifying simulation run in the afternoon, clocking a 1m23.500s.

It’s the fastest time set in Barcelona testing so far, with the Brazilian eclipsing Lotus’s Romain Grosjean’s leading time from the last test by just over four tenths.

A late run on the supersoft tyres moved Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson up to second quickest with Lewis Hamilton, who set the pace in the morning session on the medium tyres, third.

However, Mercedes’ Hamilton did not complete a single lap after lunch following a failure with the MGU-K that the team could not fix in time to get the car back out on track.

McLaren’s afternoon was also curtailed with a hydraulics issue, meaning Jenson Button managed just seven laps, of which only one was timed.

Ericsson completed a race simulation in the afternoon, using the medium and hard tyres, and clocked 122 laps – the highest tally of the day.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who brought the day’s first red flag when he stopped at the pit exit in the morning, only did 30 laps in the afternoon.

That brought the Russian’s tally to 75, as he finished fourth fastest, 2.4s off the pace.

Carlos Sainz Jr stopped at Turn 10 in the afternoon, bringing out the red flag for the second time.

The Toro Rosso driver completed 86 laps and ended up seventh, just ahead of Button who propped up the timing screens.

Elsewhere, Grosjean completed 75 laps and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 80 as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.500s - 103
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.276s 0.776s 122
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.881s 1.381s 48
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m25.947s 2.447s 75
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.177s 2.677s 75
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.327s 2.827s 80
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.962s 3.462s 86
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.479s 7.979s 7

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Barcelona F1 test: Ferrari to try aero upgrades on Friday

Ferrari is set to introduce new aerodynamic components on Friday, as it gradually upgrades its aero package during Barcelona’s final pre-season test.

Kimi Raikkonen set the sixth-fastest time for the team on the opening day, having spent the bulk of his 80 laps on the hard and medium Pirellis.

While new components on the car for Thursday were minimal, Raikkonen is keen to run the updates on Saturday as he alternates days with Sebastian Vettel.

"More or less the car is the same," he said of developments compared to last week’s test. "We can get some, but not for today, hopefully for tomorrow.

"I think it’s not too bad, really, how the car behaves.

"There are certain things that we want to improve – and we want more grip obviously, always, to go faster – but sometimes it’s a bit tricky here with the conditions that we are having.

"If the tyres don’t work – one lap they work, next they don’t – it changes a lot."

Raikkonen is content with the visible progress Ferrari has made after enduring a troubled 2014 season, especially as he knows there is more to come.

"We’ve made a good step from last year. It’s hard to say from testing, but two weeks will tell us once we’re going in Australia," he said.

"Overall it’s a good a feeling and we still have one day to put all of the things we have learned together and hopefully we will be happy with everything.

"Obviously a laptime would be good, but we’ll see in a few weeks in the first race where we are.

"It’s not an issue, as long as you’ve got a good feeling on every fuel load you run it’s usually OK."

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Test a Barcellona Ferrari, rassegna stampa–21/02/2015




Da Autosprint n.7 del 17/02/2015

 

 


Test a Barcellona 2° giornata–20/02/2015


Barcelona F1 test: Daniel Ricciardo fastest on day two for Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo’s morning time kept Red Bull on top at the end of the second day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing, as teams began race simulations in earnest.

Ricciardo lapped in 1m24.574s on soft tyres before the lunch break, and that stood for the rest of the day, giving him the top spot by 0.010s over Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which also did its best run in the morning.

"It was definitely better than yesterday," Ricciardo told reporters at the track as the day’s running ended.

"We’ve been trying to get a day with 100 laps and it was good we did that today.

"It’s just testing, but it’s encouraging seeing us on the top, or at least in that front group."

World champion Lewis Hamilton reclaimed the Mercedes from Nico Rosberg for the afternoon – having recovered sufficiently from the fever that sidelined him on Thursday – while Rosberg needed to rest his back as a precaution following a trapped nerve earlier in the week.

Hamilton and Ricciardo both embarked on race simulations, with the Briton’s top time of 1m24.923s – set on medium tyres – putting him fifth overall.

Both simulations were interrupted by a red flag for Carlos Sainz Jr putting the Toro Rosso in the gravel at the fast Turn 9 right-hander at the back of the circuit.

That was one of two afternoon red flags, with Marcus Ericsson causing the other when he stopped on the pits straight in the final half-hour.

Felipe Massa made progress up the timesheet to put Williams third, vaulting forward with two short runs on soft tyres after a competitive longer run on mediums.

That put him ahead of Sergio Perez – who got up to 121 laps in the 2014 Force India – and Hamilton, with just 0.349s covering the top five.

Rosberg’s morning time left him sixth.

Fernando Alonso was seventh for McLaren, getting up to a best-yet tally of 59 laps despite some concerns over the engine following Thursday’s seal problem.

Jolyon Palmer edged closer to the pace on his debut for Lotus and ended up eighth overall ahead of Ericsson and Sainz.

DAY TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.574s - 143
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.584s 0.010s 90
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.672s 0.098s 88
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.702s 0.128s 121
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.923s 0.349s 89
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.556s 0.982s 66
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.961s 1.387s 59
8 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.280s 1.706s 77
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.344s 2.770s 113
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.945s 4.371s 100

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Test a Barcellona, prima giornata–19/02/2015


Barcelona F1 test: Maldonado fastest, Wolff and Nasr collide

Pastor Maldonado used soft tyres to go fastest for Lotus-Mercedes on a Barcelona Formula 1 test day disrupted by a collision between Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff.

The Williams and Sauber came together early in the afternoon session, when Wolff was on an out-lap and morning pacesetter Nasr was at full speed.

Contact between the Williams’s left front and Sauber’s right-rear sent Nasr into the Turn 5 barriers, with Wolff also coming to rest in the gravel.

Prior to the long red flag the collision prompted, Kimi Raikkonen had established Ferrari on top, initially on Pirelli’s ‘winter hard’ and then using mediums to do a 1m25.167s.

He stayed there until a flurry of soft-tyre runs in mid-afternoon, during which both Maldonado and Red Bull-Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo went out for short bursts on the faster rubber.

While Ricciardo could only get within 0.380 seconds of Raikkonen, Maldonado pipped the Ferrari by 0.156s to set an unbeatable benchmark in a Lotus he felt was showing encouraging progress.

"I can say it is a better car than last year," he said. "It’s a huge step, but it’s still very early days.

"It will not be easy because we do not have much time left and we have a new engine, but for now, it looks good."

Sergio Perez took over the 2014 Force India from on-loan Pascal Wehrlein after the German was recalled to Mercedes and the Mexican quickly moved up the order, fitting in 34 laps and going fourth on medium rubber.

Both Nasr and Wolff managed to get back on track in their repaired cars late on, although the Sauber triggered a red flag in the last few minutes when it stopped on the approach to Turn 9.

Nasr still held on to fifth in the standings with his morning time.

While Red Bull stuck to short runs, Toro Rosso hinted at reliability improvements for Renault as Max Verstappen topped the lap count on 94, eight more than second-best Wolff. Verstappen went sixth quickest during a very long afternoon run.

Jenson Button remained seventh on his morning time, despite the McLaren-Honda being sidelined while its engine was changed.

McLaren is set to be compromised by the same problems on Friday, as it waits for a faulty part to be updated in time for the weekend’s running.

Pascal Wehrlein occupied both eighth and ninth places in the results. His best time from relatively long runs on hard tyres for Mercedes was a tenth adrift of his morning pace for Force India.

The German had been summoned back to Mercedes duties because Lewis Hamilton had to stop after 11 laps in the morning due to a fever, and his team-mate Nico Rosberg was unable to step in due to pain from a trapped nerve in his neck.

DAY ONE TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m25.011s - 69
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.167s 0.156s 74
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.547s 0.536s 59
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m26.636s 1.625s 34
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.307s 2.296s 79
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.900s 2.889s 94
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.182s 3.171s 21
8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India/Mercedes 1m28.329s 3.318s 32
9 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m28.489s 3.478s 48
10 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1m28.906s 3.895s 86
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.429s 5.418s 11

Da Autosport.com




Bilancio dei test, opinioni–06/02/2015


Mauro Forghieri: Non è la Ferrari di Alonso, Tombazis e Fry

Ingegner Forghieri, la Ferrari torna a casa dalla Spagna con il sorriso sulla faccia dei tecnici e dei piloti. Fuoco di paglia o il vento è cambiato?
“A mio modesto avviso si possono dire, in questo preciso momento, poche cose credibili in merito all’esordio della SF15-T. Vettura decisamente meno brutta rispetto a quella del 2014. La nuova Ferrari mi sembra “più sana” se volessimo confrontarla con la F14-T, mentre non sono assolutamente in grado di stabilire se gode di maggiore o minore carico aerodinamico e probabilmente gli stessi tecnici di Maranello non hanno ancora l’esatta cognizione di quali siano gli effettivi punti di forza e i limiti della nuova macchina. Con la definzione di “più sana”, intendo la capacità di risposta della vettura rispetto agli interventi e quindi alle aspettative degli ingegneri. La nuova monoposto risponde puntualmente in positivo o in negativo alle soluzioni adottate di volta in volta e questo è un fattore di valutazione molto importante e contituisce un elemento promettente. Mi auguro che gli uomini della Ferrari abbiano raccolto tanti dati preziosi in questa prima sessione di test.”

Tombazis e Fry non ci sono più. I loro sostituti sono in gran parte giovani italiani che da anni lavorano alla Ferrari, una storia simile alla sua quando all’età di 23 anni si è trovato a dirigere il reparto corse dopo un’epurazione di tecnici decisa in poche ore da Enzo Ferrari…
“Un altro aspetto importante della Ferrari 2015, è l’entusiasmo ad un livello che mancava da anni ed anni tra gli uomini di Maranello. L’esplosione di battimani quando Sebastian Vettel è rientrato ai box di Jerez, è la prova migliore del livello di intesa e di complicità di un team che sta bene insieme sotto la regia di Maurizio Arrivabene, uomo con grandi capacità motivazionali. Se è vero che è stato Sergio Marchionne a designare Arrivabene alla guida della squadra, mi sembra non potesse fare scelta più azzeccata il presidente del Cavallino Rampante. Maurizio lo conosco sin dai tempi in cui – con Aleardo Buzzi al vertice della Philip Morris – aiutava economicamente Clay Regazzoni a correre in Formula 1. E poi Arrivabene, grazie alla precedente lunga esperienza nel settore del marketing, ha il pregio di conoscere quali sono i migliori canali per trovare mezzi ecnomici per la squadra che, visti i tempi di crisi, per quanti possa disporne, non bastano mai. I quattrini inoltre hanno il pregio di aiutare a superare meglio gli errori. “Meglio piangere in Rolls Royce che su un tram”, sosteneva Aristotele Onassis.”

Nella sua lunga carriera a Maranello ha disegnato di tutto: motori, alettoni, telai, sospensioni, monoposto e prototipi di successo… Quali sono gli aspetti della nuova vettura che di più hanno colpito la sua “visione” di tecnico?
“Ritengo in assoluto che l’aspetto più importante della nuova Ferrari sia quello del profondo miglioramento della meccanica della vettura, carenza invece che aveva segnato pesantemente i risultati, almeno negli ultimi tre anni. Penso che i correttivi apportati da Allison con il nuovo staff dei giovani ingegneri, siano scaturiti dalla lunga serie di lamentele sollevate da Kimi Raikkonen in passato. Quante volte il pilota finlandese manifestava poca fiducia per la macchina che, secondo lui, non riusciva a controllare in quelle che avrebbe voluto reazioni più dirette? Vedendolo guidare la F14-T, Kimi sembrava un principiante. A Jerez invece ha svolto un lavoro importante e mi risulta che oggi Raikkonen sia molto contento del suo primo approccio con la nuova Ferrari, tanto quanto Sebastian Vettel, compagno con il quale – aspetto non trascurabile – va molto d’accordo. Kimi è un pilota istintivo, tutt’altro che sprovveduto e se ha confermato le qualità di base della SF15-T, significa che la strada imboccata dai tecnici è quella giusta. Da qui a vincere un Gran Premio, bisogna andarci piano perchè nei test spagnoli i concorrenti non hanno mostrato il loro vero potenziale, quindi la cautela è d’obbligo.”

La vettura 2014 soffriva in particolare per una carenza nella componente motoristica. Si diceva che il peccato originale fosse il sottodimensionamento della power unit…
“I concorrenti della Ferrari ritengo abbiano cercato, in questa prima fase, l’affidabilità e i migliori protagonisti della scorsa stagione dovrebbero confermarsi anche nel campionato 2015, sebbene a Maranello un passo avanti lo hanno fatto sicuramente con l’evoluzione della componente motoristica, migliorando la coppia intermedia attraverso un profondo lavoro sull’elettronica, aumentando il dimensionamento del turbocompressore e cercando nuove soluzioni per ottimizzare la combustione con quella “brutta bestia” che è l’iniezione diretta nei motori sovralimentati. Raccogliendo voci di corridoio, mi pare di capire che gli ingegneri abbiano svolto un gran lavoro di ricerca mettendo a punto soluzioni interessanti. Questi sono gli aspetti più rilevanti, non quelle strane considerazioni sulla distribuzione dei molleggi derivanti dalla sospensione pull rod rispetto alla push rod: tutte due le soluzioni sono valide portando a risultati equivalenti, quindi senza differenze se non nel meccanismo di funzionamento. Mentre su queste vetture la vera differenza è costituita dal motore.”

I risultati consueguiti a Jerez quest’anno, in termini di affidabilità e prestazioni, sono stati molto diversi rispetto all’esordio nelle passate stagioni…
“I tempi registrati a Jerez non devono far nascere troppe speranze perchè il lavoro da svolgere è ancora lungo e impegnativo. Però se di buon mattino c’è un po’ di sole, è già un buongiorno che dovrebbe scongiurare l’arrivo delle fredde nevicate di questi giorni. La prossima sessione di test prevista a Barcellona potrebbe offrire maggiori elementi in termini di continuità di prestazioni. Consideriamo che oggi i tecnici di riferimento della Ferrari sono molto giovani e questo comporta un vantaggio indiscutibile: hanno la testa in un continuo turbinio di idee a differenza dei vecchi che quando si trovano nel pantano, purtroppo non reagiscono con la stessa velocità ed energia. I più giovani non si vergognano di imparare guardando cosa fanno gli altri ed in questo, devo riconoscerlo, gli inglesi sono bravissimi, mentre noi italiani, credendoci un po’ tutti figli di Leonardo da Vinci, a volte ci sentiamo troppo importanti, quando invece la grandezza di un uomo si misura dalla modestia. I giovani devono esserci perchè sono il futuro e la Ferrari è sulla buona strada per diventare competitiva come tutti noi vogliamo. Poi vincere è cosa diversa, sebbene mi senta di condividere il pensiero di Horner della Red Bull, il quale si è ripromesso di mettere sotto pressione la Mercedes: mi sembra una ottima strategia per iniziare ad imporsi in un campionato che l’anno scorso aveva le sembianze del monomarca.”

La vittoria appare ancora lontana, ma il primo passo in quella direzione pare sia stato fatto, quindi potremmo pensare ad una evoluzione positiva durante la stagione sportiva, contrariamente alla regressione senza fine degli anni scorsi…
“Ammetto – amando la Ferrari per le ragioni che tutti possono ben comprendere – di essere contento perchè ero stanco e dispiaciuto di vedere la “mia squadra” maltrattata moralmente. Con ciò non voglio dire che la Ferrari sia uscita dal pantano in cui si era venuta a trovare negli ultimi anni, ma almeno oggi si respira aria nuova senza dover subire il condizionamento di vivere con un team dentro ad un altro team. Questa è stata la grave colpa del passato: Alonso, Tombazis e Fry insieme avevano creato una squadra nella squadra, generando una condizione negativa di alternanze politiche. Anzichè unire gli uomini, avevano dato origine a divisioni interne sempre più profonde, con rimpalli di responsabilità e alibi che non potevano portare risultati nel lavoro.”

La faccia di Alonso, anno dopo anno, era sempre più buia, così come stagione dopo stagione anche la faccia dei tecnici attorno a lui assumeva la stessa espressione nell’attesa di un risultato che ormai tutti sapevano impossibile…
“Fernando Alonso è un gran pilota, non c’è ombra di dubbio. Ma ha avuto a disposizione una macchina che non andava bene nemmeno a lui. Ricordate le critiche che ha rivolto in pubblico ai suoi tecnici? Dovunque è andato, mai ha saputo creare il buonumore e quella coesione all’interno di tutta la squadra, fattori che sono indispensabili per progredire. Con Alonso gli uomini della Ferrari erano in difficoltà tra loro e, come ho detto prima, arrivando al paradosso di avere una squadra dentro alla squadra, condizione questa che un pilota deve assolutamente evitare. Dall’esperienza che ho maturato con Niki Lauda, con Clay Regazzoni, con Jody Scheckter, ho visto come questi piloti sapessero “fare squadra”, creando il clima ideale per lavorare, includendo e non escludendo, infondendo a piene mani la speranza del risultato. A un meccanico impegnato tra box e officina praticamente senza orari, chi può offrirgli la speranza che il lavoro svolto sia proficuo, se non il pilota? Per fortuna che tra Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen corre buon sangue e poi guidano in modo abbastanza simile. Invece fino all’anno scorso anche il solco tra compagni di squadra era molto profondo. Per fortuna è cambiato tutto. Sono proprio contento e fiducioso.”

Da formulapassion.it



Test a Jerez, conclusione al top–04/02/2015


Jerez F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on final day

Kimi Raikkonen ended the first Formula 1 test of 2015 on top for Ferrari, setting the fastest time of the week at Jerez on Wednesday afternoon.

The 2007 world champion spent most of the day at the top of the times, running on the medium and hard-compound tyres during the morning, before switching to some soft-tyre running late in the afternoon.

Raikkonen reiterated his belief that Ferrari has started 2015 in encouraging shape.

"Compared with the last car it feels at lot better," he said.

"We still have a lot of things to work on and things to improve, but we have something we can work on and the team has done a good job over the winter to prepare and make this car.

"We can be happy about that, but it’s still early days."

It was during a sequence of runs on the yellow-sidewalled Pirellis that Raikkonen set the best time of the four days, going one tenth of a second faster than Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed on day two (on mediums).

Sauber once again got itself towards the front as it completed some soft-tyre running for the fourth consecutive day, with Marcus Ericsson edging out Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes for the second-fastest time with half an hour to go.

Ericsson caused a last-minute red flag when his car ran out of fuel on track.

Hamilton succeeded in passing the 100-lap mark for the first time at this test, after a water leak limited him to 91 on day two.

The reigning world champion did not have a perfect day though, as a spin at the chicane brought out the red flags in the morning.

It was only a minor delay to Mercedes’ programme, with Hamilton returning to the track just 40 minutes after he caused the stoppage.

At the other end of the timesheets, Lotus and McLaren both wrapped up the test early due to power unit and fuel pump problems respectively, while Red Bull lost time with an ERS problem earlier in the day that forced Daniil Kvyat to stop on track in the morning.

McLaren had a troubled morning as well, when an "operational issue relating to the oil level" caused a delay to its programme in the morning.

Button finished the day with 35 laps to his name, and he set the Honda-powered MP4-30’s fastest lap of the week with a 1m27.660s.

WEDNESDAY’S TEST TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.841s - 106
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.019s 1.178s 112
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.172s 1.331s 117
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.553s 1.712s 97
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.116s 2.275s 73
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.802s 2.961s 53
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m23.975s 3.134s 64
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.660s 6.819s 35

Da Autosport.com



Testing at the Jerez circuit – 4 February 2015

Circuit: Jerez circuit – 4.428 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T – chassis 309
Weather: Air temperature 9/13 °C, track temperature 8/22. Clear skies.
Laps/Km completed: 105/464
Fastest time: 1:20.841 (Pirelli Soft tyres)
Tyres used: Wet, Intermediate, Medium, Hard and Soft
Programme: Tyre evaluation and set-up work.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Over the winter, we have made a good step forward and this car is definitely an improvement over the 2014 one. It’s the whole package that has progressed, but there is still a lot of work to do. We are not comparing ourselves to the others, we just got on with our own job, without looking at what they were doing. Times are of relatively little importance; what matters is that we have put together a good number of laps without having any real problems. Today’s conditions were not that easy, with too strong a wind blowing ontrack, but then it’s the same for everyone. As I said, we now have a good basis from which to start the development work.”

James Allison: “When you bring a new car to the track, you’re always excited and worried and that is mixed with a profound hope that all the hard work of so many people will be rewarded with performance. We leave this test without having all our expectations met, simply because we would have liked to have done even more mileage and because you always want to be faster. However, having said that, given how it went, overall we can bepleased, because we have had a solid start. Now, we are keen to push on with the development work in Barcelona, so as to be ready for the first race in Melbourne.”

Maurizio Arrivabene: “If one makes a comparison to last year, these past few days of testing have produced encouraging signs. The team has worked well, both at home and at the track and our drivers did a great job, providing the engineers with valuable feedback. But above all, I am pleased that the group has rediscovered its motivation and team spirit. In terms of performance, I don’t think our competitors – one in particular – have shown their true potential over these past days. I think we will only discover the truth about them and about ourselves at the last Barcelona test session. Now, my attention turns to Paris, where tomorrow’s meeting will decide the future of our sport.”

Da Ferrari.it


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:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.545s - 109
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.750s 0.205s 94
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m21.982s 0.437s 151
4 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m22.276s 0.731s 71
5 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m22.713s 1.168s 96
6 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m23.187s 1.642s 137
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m23.901s 2.356s 49
8 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.553s 14.008s 32

Da Autosport.com


 

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.”

Da Autosport.com


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