F1 testing: Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top on final day at Barcelona
Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari ended Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona fastest, despite causing a red flag during the final afternoon.
Following the pattern of the first three days of the second test, the morning’s best times were not beaten in the afternoon session, as the majority of F1 teams turned their focus towards longer runs.
That meant Raikkonen’s morning effort of 1m18.634s, set on super-soft tyres, stood as the best time of the day, as well as overall after eight days of winter testing.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Ferrari however, as Raikkonen caused the first red flag of the afternoon – and the fifth of the day – when he stopped pointing the wrong way on the disused section of track by the chicane complex at the end of the lap.
The SF70H had suffered a problem earlier in the lap, with Raikkonen using the old circuit layout as he cruised back to the pits, only to lock the rears and spin to a halt.
The Finn returned to the track for the final 15 minutes, and completed 111 laps in total.
Max Verstappen stayed second for Red Bull, 0.804 seconds behind Raikkonen on the same tyre, followed by Carlos Sainz Jr, who put Toro Rosso third with a late-morning run on ultra-softs.
The Spaniard was responsible for the sixth and final red flag of the day when the STR12 eased to a stop along the start/finish straight at the start of the last hour.
Valtteri Bottas stayed fourth, a mere 0.005s ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who took over the W08 for the afternoon and posted a best of 1m19.850s using ultra-softs.
Morning times were enough to put Nico Hulkenberg and Force India’s Sergio Perez sixth and seventh, while Hulkenberg’s Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer slotted into eighth on ultra-softs with a time set in the afternoon
Lance Stroll was ninth for Williams on his final test day before his grand prix debut in Melbourne, topping the lap count with a total of 132 laps.
Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 for Haas, enjoying a smoother afternoon after causing two red flags in the morning, just ahead of McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
After a morning disrupted by a pair of electrical problems that also caused red flags, Alonso improved on his best time from the morning with a 1m21.389s on ultra-softs, although he was baulked by Stroll on that particular lap.
The two-time champion ended up with a total of 43 laps to his name, with McLaren again completing fewest laps of any outfit.
Sauber team-mates Marcus Ericsson and Pascal Wehrlein completed the times, the latter taking over the C36 for the afternoon and ending up just under five seconds off the pace on softs.
1 TESTING RESULTS:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m19.438s||0.804s||71|
|3||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m19.837s||1.203s||132|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m20.116s||1.482s||128|
F1 testing pacesetter Raikkonen believes Ferrari had more speed
Kimi Raikkonen claims he could have gone faster on the final day of Formula 1 testing, despite finishing with the quickest time of the pre-season.
The Ferrari driver became the first and only F1 driver to lap the Barcelona circuit beneath 1m19s in the two weeks of testing, when he posted a 1m18.634s on Friday’s final morning.
He set that time on super-soft tyres, and could not improve on ultra-softs but did crack the 1m19s barrier again.
A day after Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton said Ferrari was "bluffing", Raikkonen admitted there was more speed to extract from his car.
"If we want, we can go faster but that’s not the purpose of the test," said Raikkonen.
"Obviously you try to go as fast as you can whatever we decided to do.
"There’s a lot of things that we can improve and do better, but that’s a part of testing.
"We can be quite pleased with how it felt this morning. It’s one of the better days that we’ve had these two weeks.
"But it’s early days. So far it’s OK but let’s see when the season starts."
Ferrari finished the pre-season having topped four of the eight days, with Mercedes setting the pace on three and Williams one.
Raikkonen’s best lap was 0.676 seconds faster than the fastest from Mercedes, logged by Valtteri Bottas on Wednesday, also on super-softs.
The 37-year-old said the 2017 pre-season had gone much better than last year’s in many ways, although he insisted there was no way to know how competitive Ferrari is.
"I think it was all more or less pretty positive," he said.
"The car has been running well and the feeling since the first day has been pretty good.
"The team has done a good job over the winter preparing the car and making it reliable.
"Compared to a year ago we feel it’s much, much better in many ways, but where we are going to be in the first race I don’t know.
"It’s the same story every winter and we’ll see in three weeks."
Kimi: “Un grazie a tutta la squadra”
10 Mar 2017
“Il feeling c’è, ma è presto per le previsioni”. Un pensiero per Surtees: “Aveva le corse nel sangue”
Montmelò, 10 marzo – “Il feeling con la macchina c’è, ed è la cosa più importante. Siamo stati quasi sempre affidabili in questi test e anche questo è un segno del grande lavoro fatto dalla squadra durante l’inverno. Partiamo da una base più forte rispetto all’anno scorso: ma quanto la macchina sia veloce rispetto alle altre, è veramente troppo presto per dirlo. Forse nemmeno Melbourne darà un quadro preciso al 100 per cento della situazione, perché la prima gara è sempre un po’ particolare. Forse bisognerà aspettare la Cina. In ogni caso ringrazio i ragazzi della squadra, perché sono sempre riusciti a intervenire per risolvere i piccoli problemi che proprio i test servono a risolvere”.
Così Kimi Raikkonen, alla fine della sua seconda giornata che chiude i test invernali sul circuito di Montmelò. 111 giri per lui e la SF70H oggi, in un programma che comprendeva anche una simulazione di gara. La prova è stata interrotta verso le 16 da un problema elettrico, quando mancavano una quindicina di giri al “traguardo”. Riportata ai box, la Ferrari è uscita di nuovo a poco meno di 20 minuti dalla fine delle prove.
Appresa la notizia della morte di John Surtees, campione del mondo F1 1964 con le monoposto del Cavallino, Kimi ha voluto ricordarlo così: “L’ho incontrato un paio di volte, era un tipo ‘easygoing’, con cui era facile andare d’accordo E si capiva che aveva nel sangue la passione per le corse. Sono cose tristi, il mio pensiero va alla sua famiglia”
Nei quattro giorni di prove di questa settimana, la SF70H ha percorso con Kimi e Seb un totale di 488 giri, pari a 2271,64 Km.
F1 testing: Bottas fastest on Wednesday as Raikkonen crashes
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas ended the second day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona on top, as Kimi Raikkonen crashed the new Ferrari.
Bottas set the fastest time of the winter so far on Wednesday morning, a 1m19.310s on super-soft tyres, and this proved enough to keep the Finn on top at the end of the day.
Lewis Hamilton took over driving duties in the Mercedes W08 after the lunch break, and recorded a best time of 1m20.782s on softs, 1.392 seconds off the pace.
That put the three-time champion only sixth on the leaderboard, although he completed 79 laps, including a 20-lap stint on ultra-softs, giving Mercedes a total of 149 for the day.
Felipe Massa remained second for Williams by virtue of his morning time, ahead of Raikkonen, who caused the second red flag of the test when he spun and hit the barriers at Turn 3 just under two hours into the afternoon.
The impact damaged the front and the left side of the Ferrari SF70H, and prevented Raikkonen from running again for the rest of the day. He only managed 53 laps.
There was another red flag when Max Verstappen came to a stop at Turn 12 towards the end of a race simulation with 20 minutes left on the clock.
Despite his stoppage, the Dutchman ended up with 102 laps to his credit, more than any other driver, with his morning time proving enough to keep him fourth in the order.
Williams rookie Lance Stroll took over from Massa during the lunchbreak and set the best time in a smooth afternoon, after an incident-strewn first week.
The young Canadian logged 59 laps, recording a best effort of 1m20.579s on super-soft tyres to beat Hamilton by just over a tenth.
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India) and Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso) stayed seventh, eighth and ninth with their morning times, while Romain Grosjean (Haas) completed the top 10 with a best time just 0.015s shy of Sainz.
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso failed to improve on his morning time, and ended the day in 12th, between Sauber duo Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, with 46 laps completed.
Ericsson caused a third and final stoppage just moments after Verstappen’s car had been recovered, as he came to a halt at Turn 7.
Jolyon Palmer, taking over from Renault team-mate Hulkenberg in the afternoon, completed the leaderboard in 14th, some 5.4s off the pace.
WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:
WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m20.432s||1.122s||102|
|8||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m21.297s||1.987s||100|
|9||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m21.872s||2.562s||92|
F1 testing 2017: Ferrari’s Raikkonen leads final day of first test
Ferrari topped the final day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test of 2017, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
On a day disrupted by the Barcelona track being artificially watered overnight and again at lunchtime, the window for useful running was reduced.
Very few teams made use of the wet track after lunch, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas one of the few drivers to complete many laps before it was dry enough for slicks.
Verstappen spent a rare spell at the top of the times when he beat Raikkonen’s morning benchmark in the middle of the afternoon, but the Ferrari driver then twice went faster on soft tyres to end the day.
In the end, Raikkonen’s 1m20.872s was 0.897 seconds clear of the Red Bull.
Mercedes was only eighth on the first day of pre-season that didn’t seem to go smoothly for the world champion team.
Lewis Hamilton didn’t get any running in the morning as Mercedes said it was working to fix an electrical fault, so by the time the car was ready shortly before lunch – when the track had dried – Bottas was sent out ahead of schedule to get a handful of laps under his belt.
While the Finn ended the day with 68 laps, Mercedes also called time on its running early, after engineers "found something in the data they didn’t like" in the final hour.
Jolyon Palmer improved late on in the Renault – which he took over from Nico Hulkenberg for the afternoon – to jump up to third on softs.
Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi – two of the busier drivers in the wet morning running for Haas and Sauber respectively – leapt up to fourth and fifth late on.
Giovinazzi briefly ran fourth following a series of ultra-soft runs, but he was bumped down a place when Grosjean took super-softs in the final 15 minutes of a day where he completed 118 laps.
Sergio Perez had got himself up to third with a super-soft run mid-afternoon, getting several laps at a decent pace out of the 2017-spec tyres that are designed to be more durable than their predecessors, but other teams’ improvements pushed him back to sixth by the chequered flag.
Seventh place was filled by the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, which used ultra-softs again to go fractionally faster than team-mate Fernando Alonso managed on the same tyre on Wednesday.
At the bottom of the order, Toro Rosso had a day to forget, only completing one lap first thing in the morning with Daniil Kvyat.
The team then opted to change its Renault engine, with the target of giving both Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr some running in the afternoon, but the STR12 never made it out of the garage.
Williams was unable to run at all on the final day, owing to damage sustained on Wednesday when rookie Lance Stroll crashed the FW40.
The second pre-season test at Barcelona starts on Tuesday, March 7.
DAY 4 TESTING RESULTS:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.769s||0.897s||85|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.534s||1.662s||82|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||–||1|
Kimi conclude il primo round di prove
Buon lavoro del team, vedremo che succede”
Montmelo – La prima sessione di test invernali si è conclusa. In quattro giorni i piloti della Scuderia Ferrari hanno percorso in tutto, con la SF70H, 468 giri del Circuit de Catalunya, pari a 2178,4 Km. 267 per Seb Vettel, 201 per Kimi Raikkonen, che oggi ha avuto modo di provare anche le gomme da bagnato sul circuito allagato con le autobotti.
“Anno nuovo, macchina nuova e regole nuove” è il sunto di Kimi. “E proprio queste regole sono determinanti per il feeling che si ha alla guida, perché si va molto più forte di prima: una combinazione di pneumatici e vettura. Quello che posso dire è che il team ha lavorato molto bene durante l’inverno. Se poi questo possa bastare, per il momento non lo sappiamo. Non ho guardato quello che facevano le altre squadre e i tempi sul giro, in questa fase, non contano niente. La mia sensazione è che abbiamo imparato qualche lezione dallo scorso anno e che, finora, non ci sia da lamentarsi per come sono andate queste prove. Ma prima di Melbourne c’è un’altra settimana di test e abbiamo ancora tanto lavoro davanti a noi. Più o meno tutti gli anni si sa dove si vuole arrivare, ma a volte va tutto liscio e in altri anni meno”.
Ferrari F1 team has learned from past few years – Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has learned from recent Formula 1 campaigns, as it looks to keep a lid on expectations following a strong start to 2017 testing.
Ferrari struggled in the first year of F1’s turbo-hybrid engines but made serious inroads in 2015 to win three races with Sebastian Vettel.
That prompted Ferrari to declare it was targeting the championship last year, but it finished the campaign winless and not only failed to challenge Mercedes but was also overhauled by Red Bull.
It stayed quiet in launching its 2017 challenger, which performed well in the first pre-season test, and even though Raikkonen topped two of the four days, he feels it is wrong to look too far ahead.
"We are pretty optimistic every year, but then how it turns out at the end of the year is hard to say," he said.
"I think we learned our lessons from the past years.
"The team has done a good job over the winter and if it’s good enough we will see during the year.
"So far it’s been a good feeling, so we can’t complain too much.
"Compared to last year it feels a lot better, but it’s because of the rules.
"We have been doing our own stuff and we are happy with how things are going."
Raikkonen’s team-mate Vettel was second-fastest on each of his two days in the new car, as the Ferrari pair split Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the combined order.
The Finn won the 2007 world championship with Ferrari but is yet to win a race since rejoining the team from Lotus at the start of ’14.
Asked if the SF70H was the best Ferrari he has driven, Raikkonen stressed that the new-for-2017 regulations with beefed up aerodynamics and wider tyres made it impossible to make direct comparisons.
"Rules changes are a big part on how the cars feel and how fast they are, but you cannot compare between the years because the car has to feel better with the rule changes," he said.
"But is that going to be good enough to fight for the championship, we will see during the year.
"We are happy so far about how testing has been going."
Kimi Raikkonen leads Barcelona Formula 1 testing for Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen led the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, putting Ferrari just 0.023 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Using soft compound tyres, Raikkonen set a best time of 1m20.960s just over an hour into Tuesday afternoon’s running – narrowly bettering Hamilton’s session-topping morning effort of 1m20.983s, which was set using super-softs.
Hamilton’s effort was still good enough to finish the day second overall, with Valtteri Bottas taking over driving duties for Mercedes for the afternoon.
The Finnish driver’s prime focus was on completing a race simulation, his best lap of 1m22.986s only ending up seventh on the leaderboard.
Despite a lurid sideways moment at Turn 9, Bottas managed to rack up 102 laps in the W08, running with the double T-wing trialled this morning by Hamilton for much of the afternoon.
That left Mercedes with a combined total of 168 laps for the day.
Max Verstappen gave Red Bull the third best time of the day, a 1m22.600s, on soft tyres, four thousandths ahead of the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, running on super-softs.
On his second full day of running, Magnussen completed a total of 119 laps, with Raikkonen the only other man to break into three figures with 108 laps on the board.
Esteban Ocon was fifth for Force India on super-softs, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso on softs, Bottas and the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which completed 53 laps after managing just an installation lap in the morning.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who was ninth fastest, also managed to log 67 laps in the Sauber after an engine problem robbed him of much of the morning session.
Besides Lance Stroll, who sat out the afternoon after his spin during the morning session caused damage Williams needed extra parts to repair, the slowest man of the day was McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
The Belgian made his first on-track appearance of the afternoon with just over two hours to go, after McLaren spent the best part of five hours replacing the MCL32’s power unit, but only managed a further 11 laps on top of the 29 he did in the morning.
Vandoorne’s best time was a 1m25.600s, set on soft tyres, which left him 4.640s off the pace.
DAY 2 RESULTS:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.200s||1.240s||89|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.509s||1.549s||86|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.956s||1.996s||68|
Fiorano test: Raikkonen joins Giovinazzi
Second and final day of data correlation testing
Fiorano – There was a second day of testing at the Fiorano circuit today, with a programme based on correlating simulator data with that gathered on track. Sharing the driving duties on the “standard” SF15-T were Scuderia Ferrari’s third driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, who was behind the wheel in the morning and Kimi Raikkonen, who took over for the afternoon. The weather was far from ideal, especially when Kimi was driving, with the Finn having to deal with rain as well as strong winds. Nevertheless, he still completed several runs.
Ferrari will be back on track next week, on 9th and 10th February, again at Fiorano, when it will be evaluating Pirelli’s wet weather tyres.
Ferrari riprende il lavoro sulle gomme 2017 con Raikkonen
Dopo essere scesa in pista per la prima volta nel mese di agosto, continua il lavoro della Ferrari nei test per provare le gomme 2017. La Pirelli, infatti, per arrivare preparata al nuovo cambio di regolamento, ha ricevuto l’approvazione della FIA per mettere in pista i propri pneumatici già durante questa stagione in collaborazione con i team di Formula 1.
La Rossa aveva già provato gli pneumatici della prossima stagione quando era scesa in pista a Fiorano i primi di agosto, ma in quella occasione il lavoro era concentrato soprattutto sulle gomme da bagnato.
Dopo un mese di pausa, il team di Maranello e la Pirelli sono tornati nuovamente in pista nella giornata di oggi, questa volta sul circuito spagnolo di Barcellona, provando, a differenza dell’ultima volta, esclusivamente gomme slick. Al volante della SF15-T modificata, che non presentava differenze aerodinamiche rispetto al test di agosto, vi era Kimi Raikkonen: per il finlandese questa è stata la prima volta con le gomme 2017, in quanto a Fiorano a prendere il suo posto era stato Esteban Gutierrez.
Per il campione del mondo 2007 è stata sicuramente una giornata produttiva: 111 giri in totale, 46 nella mattinata e 65 nel pomeriggio. Il programma prevedeva, dopo le consuete correzioni di assetto, un test su gomme da asciutto di mescola Medium.
Domani Raikkonen lascerà spazio al proprio compagno di squadra, Sebastian Vettel, per la seconda ed ultima giornata di test di questa sessione.
F1 Silverstone test: Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on second day
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded the year’s final in-season Formula 1 test with the quickest time of the second day at Silverstone.
Raikkonen posted his best lap of his 103 with 50 minutes remaining, clocking a 1m30.665s on the soft tyre, 0.216 seconds faster than his qualifying time for last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Finn’s time was also six tenths up on the best from day one set by Fernando Alonso in his McLaren.
For the second successive day Mercedes development driver Esteban Ocon had to settle for second, finishing 0.547s down on Raikkonen.
And for the second successive day, Ocon also racked up the most laps, following up his 123 on day one with 139 on day two.
Pierre Gasly enjoyed a better day in the Red Bull after difficulties on Tuesday when cabling had to be replaced inside the car, restricting him to just seven laps in the morning before rain arrived.
The new GP2 race winner managed 103 laps, with his best a 1:31.429s on soft tyres to finish third on the timesheets.
Force India’s 17-year-old development driver Nikita Mazepin finished 0.896s behind Raikkonen having set his time on super-soft tyres, and 0.203s ahead of McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne, whose best lap from his 114 was run on Pirelli’s soft compound.
Valtteri Bottas was fifth quickest in his Williams, 1.758s behind Raikkonen, completing a late run with the double-decker rear-wing first seen during May’s in-season test at Barcelona.
Bottas was followed by Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer – primarily running the rule over a new suspension – eighth, 2.643s adrift of Raikkonen.
Palmer stopped on track just after the chequered flag was brought out.
On his F1 debut, Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara fared well with Toro Rosso, completing 82 laps and ending up 3.375s off the ultimate pace.
On his third outing for Manor, Jordan King was 10th and 4.395s in arrears, with only Pascal Wehrlein slower in the 2014 Mercedes.
Wehrlein was helping Pirelli assess compounds and structure concepts for its 2017 tyres, completing 128 laps, and with times not a concern as he finished 5.517s down.
DAY TWO TIMES:
|3||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Renault||1m31.429s||0.764s||103|
|4||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.561s||0.896s||69|
|9||Sergio Sette Camara||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.040s||3.375s||82|
Ferrari’s troubles not Silverstone-specific admits Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen claims the problems experienced by the team over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend were not specific to Silverstone.
It was suggested after the grand prix, and by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in particular, that while the race was "weak" for the Scuderia, that performance slump was a one-off.
After being handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, Vettel could only manage ninth from 11th on the grid.
Raikkonen started and finished fifth, meaning Ferrari equalled its worst points haul of 2016 by scoring just 12.
During testing on Wednesday at Silverstone, Raikkonen said: "We’re doing normal testing work, all kinds of different things to try and find good things.
"It’s not just specifically we had some aero problem here, and this circuit needs a lot of aero, we’re lacking overall.
"For the next race in Hungary our car should definitely suit that circuit better. Is it good enough to challenge for a win? We’ll see."
Although Raikkonen is third in the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Vettel, the Finn has yet to stand on top of the podium since his return to Ferrari in 2014.
Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari can resolve its issues and win again this year, regardless of whether it happens on pure merit or via problems for rivals.
"We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time it’s not ideal," added Raikkonen.
"As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so we’ll keep working and improving.
"We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win. It doesn’t matter if every car is there or not.
"Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we’ve work to be done, and for sure there will be circuits where it will be better."
As to whether Ferrari has a chance of either title given the considerable gaps in both championships to Mercedes, Raikkonen added: "We will keep working and improving, and not give up until it’s not possible any more.
"We know where Mercedes is, ahead of everybody right now, but it doesn’t mean we should give up or we’re not working on things. We will try to catch them up."