Ferrari’s Raikkonen fastest on first day of Abu Dhabi F1 tyre test
Kimi Raikkonen set the pace on day one of the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Pirelli Formula 1 tyre test, as Robert Kubica completed his first run in a 2017 Williams.
The Ferrari driver clocked a 1m37.768s on the new-for-2018 hyper-soft tyre to finish 0.298 seconds clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who hands over to Max Verstappen on Wednesday.
Raikkonen, who recorded 99 laps, is splitting driving duties with Sebastian Vettel at the test, with the German to take over for the final day on Wednesday.
All of the current race drivers will get at least some running on the 2018 tyres as they are keen to get some mileage on Pirelli’s new range, which will be softer next season.
World champion Lewis Hamilton ended the day third quickest, 0.782s off the pace, after clocking up 136 laps.
Romain Grosjean was fourth for Haas ahead of Fernando Alonso, who crashed during the morning session, damaging the front wing of his McLaren and bringing out a red flag.
The Spaniard got back out again and ended the day with 111 laps on the board.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was sixth, with a tally of 80 laps, ahead of Force India development driver Nikita Mazepin.
Kubica amassed 100 laps in an incident-free session, with a best lap of 1m41.296s to end up ninth quickest.
He finished 1.2s adrift of Lance Stroll, who took over running for the final couple of hours, but the two were believed to be running different programmes.
The Pole will be back in the car for the final couple of hours on Wednesday, with the focus expected to be on performance runs.
Williams is using the test to evaluate whether or not to sign Kubica for next season, alongside Stroll.
Kubica is understood to be favourite for the seat.
Sean Gelael was 10th fastest in the Toro Rosso, ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, with Oliver Turvey 11th for McLaren.
McLaren was permitted to run two cars to make up for the loss of running when the recent Pirelli test at Interlagos was cancelled because of security concerns.
All of the day’s fastest times were set on the hyper-soft tyre except for Kubica’s lap, which was completed on the soft tyre.
Kimi Raikkonen: Mercedes’ Abu Dhabi GP dominance ‘a one-off’
The Mercedes Formula 1 team’s dominant pace advantage in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a "one-off", according to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton secured a comfortable one-two for Mercedes at Yas Marina, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishing 19.330 seconds off the pace in third.
Raikkonen was a further 26s adrift and said his race to fourth was "boring" and like "endurance racing" because the Yas Marina track requires significant fuel-saving.
When asked if he was concerned about the deficit to Mercedes, Raikkonen said: "I don’t think so. It’s just a one-off race.
"Obviously we’ve seen in some other races that one team is stronger than others.
"At the last race of the year obviously we want to do as well as we can but they were strong."
Ferrari looked a match for Mercedes in the 2017 title fight until a turbulent September in which both its cars were eliminated in the Singapore GP start crash and then a run of reliability woes began.
But Ferrari still came from a win-less 2016 to take five GP victories this season.
Raikkonen is optimistic about Ferrari’s chances of challenging next year and going the distance, having just had its best season since 2008.
"Next year, new cars for everybody, new things and I don’t think we should worry too much," he said.
"We always try to improve in all areas and obviously be the fastest and we’re not going to be happy until we are one-two all the time. But it’s not going to be easy.
"For sure [Mercedes] were strong [in Abu Dhabi] but I’m not really worried for next year.
"We had a pretty strong car everywhere [this year]. Obviously some places were stronger than others. Some the other way around.
"We’ll do our job and we have to improve here and there and minimise the issues and apart from that we should be up there."
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.