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Primi test–03/02/2017

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.

Da Ferrari.com


Test Pirelli a Barcellona–06/09/2016

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.

Da F1Grandprix.it

Test a Silverstone–13/07/2016

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.


Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.665s 103
2 Esteban Ocon Mercedes 1m31.212s 0.547s 139
3 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Renault 1m31.429s 0.764s 103
4 Nikita Mazepin Force India/Mercedes 1m31.561s 0.896s 69
5 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.764s 1.099s 114
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.423s 1.758s 98
7 Santino Ferrucci Haas/Ferrari 1m33.141s 2.476s 107
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.309s 2.644s 98
9 Sergio Sette Camara Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.040s 3.375s 82
10 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m35.060s 4.395s 70
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m36.162s 5.497s 128

Da Autosport.com

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."

Da Autosport.com


Test a Barcellona, il verdetto–05/03/2016

F1 testing round-up: Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari lead on raw pace

Kimi Raikkonen spearheaded a Ferrari one-two at the end of 2016 pre-season Formula 1 testing, but it was Mercedes that emerged literally miles ahead of its rivals on lap count.

After Vettel led the way at the end of the first test, Raikkonen responded to top the overall timesheet come the conclusion to the second at Barcelona’s Catalunya track.

Like Vettel in test one, Raikkonen’s leading time this week was set on the new-for-2016 ultra-soft compound, which he used to lap in 1m22.765s on day three.

More eye-catching, however, was Vettel using super-softs for his best lap on the final day. The four-time champion finished just 0.087 seconds behind Raikkonen in the week’s overall times, and was comfortably faster than anyone else had been on that compound.

Pirelli estimates there is a 0.5s-0.6s performance gap between the types of rubber, highlighting the impressive nature of Vettel’s run.

But Ferrari will no doubt be anxiously curious as to the true pace of its main rival Mercedes, which at barely any stage showed its hand – barring a blast on a set of soft tyres from Nico Rosberg on day one.

Rosberg’s lap of 1m23.022s was ultimately just 0.257s adrift of Raikkonen, and 0.170s behind Vettel, with Pirelli suggesting a time difference of 0.5s between the super-soft and soft tyres.

But when it comes to reliability, Mercedes was head and shoulders clear of not only Ferrari, but every other team.

To add to the 675 laps from test one, Mercedes amassed a further 619 in test two, amounting to 1790 miles this week, and 3742 over the eight days – the equivalent of 19.6 Spanish Grands Prix.

Toro Rosso was Mercedes’ closest rival on that front, clocking up 602 laps, for 3034 miles over the eight days, while Ferrari’s grand total proved to be 2470 miles, a considerable 1302 miles less than Mercedes.

Rosberg emerged as the lap leader from the second test with 324, and overall with 656, pipping Hamilton by just 18.

Toro Rosso, running with a 2015 Ferrari power unit this season, has every reason to be proud of its performance the past four days as Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr completed 303 and 299 laps respectively.

At the other end of the scale, Esteban Gutierrez managed just 49 as Haas endured a torrid week due to reliability issues, in stark contrast to its solid running in the first test.

McLaren and power unit supplier Honda showed they have moved on from last year’s disastrous test sessions that were the forerunner to one of the worst seasons in the Woking team’s history.

Over eight days at Barcelona in 2015, McLaren managed a paltry 301 laps, but fast forward 12 months and the Anglo-Japanese alliance achieved 710, with 453 in test two alone.

In terms of driver contrasts, there were none greater than at Renault as Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a trouble-free four days to accumulate 509 laps, whereas Jolyon Palmer was plagued by gremlins and totalled only 267.


Combined best times of week two:

Pos  Driver             Car                   Time       Gap      Tyres
 1.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m22.765s           US
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari               1m22.852s  +0.087s  SS
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m23.022s  +0.257s  S
 4.  Carlos Sainz Jr    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.134s  +0.369s  US
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m23.193s  +0.428s  S
 6.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.229s  +0.464s  US
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m23.251s  +0.486s  US
 8.  Max Verstappen     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.382s  +0.617s  US
 9.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.622s  +0.857s  S
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.721s  +0.956s  SS
11.  Kevin Magnussen    Renault               1m23.933s  +1.168s  SS
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-TAG          1m24.427s  +1.662s  S
13.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Honda         1m24.714s  +1.949s  US
14.  Fernando Alonso    McLaren-Honda         1m24.735s  +1.970s  S
15.  Felipe Nasr        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.760s  +1.995s  S
16.  Jolyon Palmer      Renault               1m24.859s  +2.094s  SS
17.  Pascal Wehrlein    Manor-Mercedes        1m24.913s  +2.148s  US
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.031s  +2.266s  S
19.  Daniil Kvyat       Red Bull-TAG          1m25.049s  +2.284s  S
20.  Romain Grosjean    Haas-Ferrari          1m25.255s  +2.490s  S
21.  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas-Ferrari          1m25.422s  +2.657s  SS
22.  Rio Haryanto       Manor-Mercedes        1m25.899s  +3.134s  US

Total week two mileage per driver:

 1.  Nico Rosberg      937
 2.  Max Verstappen    876
 3.  Carlos Sainz Jr   865
 4.  Lewis Hamilton    853
 5.  Sebastian Vettel  847
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo  746
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg   746
 8.  Felipe Massa      717
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   709
10.  Jenson Button     700
11.  Valtteri Bottas   668
12.  Felipe Nasr       633
13.  Fernando Alonso   610
14.  Kimi Raikkonen    602
15.  Daniil Kvyat      550
16.  Sergio Perez      544
17.  Jolyon Palmer     544
18.  Marcus Ericsson   541
19.  Romain Grosjean   417
20.  Pascal Wehrlein   367
21.  Rio Haryanto      298
22.  Esteban Gutierrez 142

Total week two mileage by team:

 1.  Mercedes     1790
 2.  Toro Rosso   1741
 3.  Ferrari      1449
 4.  Williams     1385
 5.  McLaren      1310
 6.  Red Bull     1296
 7.  Force India  1290
 8.  Renault      1252
 9.  Sauber       1174
10.  Manor        665
11.  Haas         558

Total week two mileage by engine:

 1.  Mercedes      5131
 2.  Ferrari 2016  3182
 3.  Renault/TAG   2548
 4.  Ferrari 2015  1741
 5.  Honda         1310


Combined fastest times of winter testing:

Pos  Driver             Car                   Time       Gap      Tyres
 1.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m22.765s           US
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari               1m22.810s  +0.045s  US
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m23.022s  +0.257s  S
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m23.110s  +0.345s  SS
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.134s  +0.369s  US
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m23.193s  +0.428s  S
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.229s  +0.464s  SS
 8.  Max Verstappen     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.382s  +0.617s  US
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-TAG          1m23.525s  +0.760s  US
10.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.622s  +0.857s  S
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.650s  +0.885s  SS
12.  Kevin Magnussen    Renault               1m23.933s  +1.168s  SS
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Red Bull-TAG          1m24.293s  +1.528s  US
14.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Honda         1m24.714s  +1.949s  US
15.  Fernando Alonso    McLaren-Honda         1m24.735s  +1.970s  S
16.  Felipe Nasr        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.760s  +1.995s  S
17.  Alfonso Celis Jr   Force India-Mercedes  1m24.840s  +2.075s  SS
18.  Jolyon Palmer      Renault               1m24.859s  +2.094s  SS
19.  Pascal Wehrlein    Manor-Mercedes        1m24.913s  +2.148s  US
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.031s  +2.266s  S
21.  Romain Grosjean    Haas-Ferrari          1m25.255s  +2.490s  S
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas-Ferrari          1m25.422s  +2.657s  SS
23.  Rio Haryanto       Manor-Mercedes        1m25.899s  +3.134s  US

Total winter testing mileage by driver:

 1.  Nico Rosberg       1897
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     1845
 3.  Max Verstappen     1545
 4.  Carlos Sainz Jr    1490
 5.  Kevin Magnussen    1472
 6.  Sebastian Vettel   1412
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   1322
 8.  Felipe Nasr        1316
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    1287
10.  Felipe Massa       1189
11.  Marcus Ericsson    1108
12.  Jenson Button      1090
13.  Kimi Raikkonen     1059
14.  Daniil Kvyat       1041
15.  Nico Hulkenberg    1033
16.  Fernando Alonso    963
17.  Sergio Perez       836
18.  Jolyon Palmer      772
19.  Romain Grosjean    743
20.  Pascal Wehrlein    729
21.  Rio Haryanto       671
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  628
23.  Alfonso Celis Jr   385

Total winter testing mileage by team:

 1.  Mercedes      3743
 2.  Toro Rosso    3034
 3.  Williams      2476
 4.  Ferrari       2470
 5.  Sauber total  2424*
 6.  Red Bull      2363
 7.  Force India   2253
 8.  Renault       2245
 9.  McLaren       2054
10.  Manor         1400
11.  Haas          1371
12.  Sauber 2016   1174*

* Sauber only ran its 2016 car in week two

Total winter testing mileage by engine:

 1.  Mercedes      9872
 2.  Ferrari 2016  5016
 3.  Renault/TAG   4608
 4.  Ferrari 2015  4284
 5.  Honda         2054

Da Autosport.com


Test a Barcellona, ultimo giorno per Kimi–03/03/2016

Barcelona F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari top Thursday running

Ferrari stepped up its preparations for the new Formula 1 season as Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap seen in testing so far and completed a race simulation on Thursday.

After starting his day with a trial run of the FIA’s halo cockpit protection system the governing body hopes will be on all F1 cars in 2017, Raikkonen went on to set the pace on the third morning of the second test.

Using Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre, Raikkonen set a time of 1m22.765s, 0.045 seconds quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s benchmark from day two of test one, which was also set on the new-for-2016 rubber.

Come the afternoon, the Finn put the SF16-H through its paces with a 66-lap Spanish Grand Prix run around Barcelona’s Catalunya track.

Raikkonen’s laptimes fared well against the simulations of Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton on Monday and Nico Rosberg on Tuesday.

The run was put on hold for a short period as Romain Grosjean brought out the red flags for a second time with an excursion across the gravel, as he had done at the very end of the morning session.

The Frenchman made it a hat-trick late on to bring the day to an end six minutes earlier than scheduled.

Although Raikkonen finished comfortably quickest, Williams’s Felipe Massa was only 0.428s adrift with an early afternoon run on soft tyres.

Massa managed to get ahead of two other drivers on ultra-softs in Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso, the former just under half a second down, and the latter just over 0.6s adrift.

Verstappen finished with the highest lap count of the day on 159, more than the two Mercedes drivers combined after Rosberg had run in the morning and Hamilton in the afternoon, the duo clocking up 144 laps between them.

Rosberg opted for a different run programme for his stint, working from a baseline with his car in order to focus on different set-ups.

It resulted in Rosberg completing 81 laps, the highest tally in the morning, before Hamilton took over.

Rosberg finished up fifth quickest, 1.3s down, with Hamilton down in 11th, 3.7s off the pace. Both set their times on mediums.

In between the Mercedes, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished two seconds off the pace on soft tyres, with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in close attendance on super-softs.

Alonso also conducted a heavy-fuel race simulation of his own, and even had a blast on the ultra-softs in a productive afternoon.

Pascal Wehrlein posted Manor’s best lap of testing to date, using ultra-softs, to finish 2.148s behind Raikkonen, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat ninth on softs, and a further two tenths of a second down.

Jolyon Palmer finally managed to get in some meaningful running in his Renault in the afternoon, after only completing 26 laps in the morning to add to the 79 over two days last week when he encountered a range of issues.

A late run on softs elevated Palmer over Hamilton to 10th, with the best of his 98 laps being a 1m26.224s.

Grosjean brought up the rear in his Haas, and despite his trio of red flags, still managed 78 laps after the American team finally overcame the turbo problems that had plagued it since Tuesday afternoon.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.765s 136
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.193s 0.428s 119
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m23.251s 0.486s 137
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m23.382s 0.617s 159
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.126s 1.361s 81
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.760s 1.995s 116
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.870s 2.105s 118
8 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m24.913s 2.148s 48
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m25.141s 2.376s 121
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m26.224s 3.459s 98
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.488s 3.723s 63
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m27.196s 4.431s 78

Da Autosport.com

Kimi Raikkonen tests F1’s halo head protection system on Ferrari

Formula 1’s proposed halo driver head protection system has appeared on a car for the first time, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari during pre-season testing.

Having developed the system in conjunction with Mercedes, the FIA confirmed last week it is working to "make this a reality" for the 2017 season.

Further testing has been undertaken on an airfield in the south of England, firing projectiles at the framework at high speed.

"We have tried to accelerate this project in the last 12 months with an aim to have something that we can practically apply on F1 cars for 2017," FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said in the governing body’s official Auto publication.

"This latest test was set up with that in mind – trying to come out from there with something that we could actually say, ‘that’s going to be a significant step forward’."

Following that work, Raikkonen turned his installation lap of Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday morning with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H.

Ferrari told Autosport that the device will not be used again today.

The halo trialled was a temporary fix, rather than having a hinge that would allow for easier extraction, complicating how Raikkonen climbed aboard the car when it was attached.

Da Autosport.com

Ferrari’s Raikkonen says visibility with F1 halo ‘was OK’

Kimi Raikkonen says the visibility of Formula 1’s proposed halo head protection system "was OK" according to Ferrari, after becoming the first driver to try it during pre-season testing.

Raikkonen turned his installation lap on Thursday morning with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H.

The team was keen to get a driver’s opinion on how the device impacts on their vision.

"[The] first impression on the visibility test is positive," Raikkonen said, through the FIA.

"The structure does not hamper [visibility]."

Ferrari says the design is an early prototype that it produced itself, based on its own interpretation and is "pretty close" to what it expects the final shape to be.

As it was only a temporary fix, designed and produced mainly to gauge a driver’s opinion regarding visibility, it did not have a hinge that would allow for easier extraction.

As a result, it complicated how Raikkonen climbed inside the cockpit when it was attached.

The Scuderia has yet to decide whether Sebastian Vettel will run it on the car when the German completes the final day of testing for the team on Friday.

Over a period of time the FIA has conducted considerable research and tests into the product, with the halo emerging as the best of three reviewed designs.
The primary test focused on a wheel being projected at the halo device with significant force.
Assessing the results, Andy Mellor, the FIA’s lead researcher for the Global Institute for Road Safety on this project, said: "It’s very impressive that although the structure is positioned close to the driver’s helmet to provide protection from all angles, it is still able to prevent the wheel from contacting the helmet.
"In the very short distance available a huge amount of energy is absorbed and the wheel is successfully redirected."
The FIA prototype was made out of steel, while Ferrari’s is made of carbon fibre.
The FIA anticipates if the halo is accepted and adopted from 2017 it will be made of a lightweight material that will add around five kilograms to the weight of the car.
The key concern, however, is – and remains – visibility.
Speaking in the FIA’s monthly magazine Auto, Mellor added: "We need to avoid creating any blindspots as that would introduce an unacceptable additional risk during racing.
"We are looking to achieve a structure that provides a full panorama of forward and sideways binocular vision, allowing only very small areas of monocular vision restricted by the structure."


Kimi Raikkonen surprised by visibility in F1 cockpit halo trial

Kimi Raikkonen says there was "surprisingly little difference" in visibility after trying Ferrari’s version of the halo head protection system during pre-season Formula 1 testing.

The Finn completed a single lap with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H first thing on Thursday morning at Barcelona.

Ferrari had created the prototype, which it says is "pretty close" to what it expects the final shape to be, to get a driver’s opinion on how it impacts visibility.

"It’s slightly different view," said Raikkonen. "We’re a bit limited in the front but I don’t think it’s the final version.

"There was surprisingly little difference.

"Yes, it was a bit limited in the front, but [the design] can change."

The design tested was produced by Ferrari itself and made of carbonfibre.

It was the team’s own interpretation of the idea but only a temporary design and did not have a hinge that will feature on the final version for easier extraction.

The hinge’s absence complicated how Raikkonen climbed into the cockpit when it was attached.

The FIA anticipates that if the design is accepted and adopted for 2017, it will be made of a lightweight material that will add around five kilograms to the weight of the car.

Ferrari is contemplating running the design again on Friday when Sebastian Vettel is in the car so it can gauge the German’s opinion too.

Da Autosport.com

Seconda sessione test Barcellona, giorno 1–01/03/2016

Barcelona F1 test: Rosberg tops Mercedes’ first day of 2016

Nico Rosberg put a Mercedes on top of the timesheets for the first time in 2016 Formula 1 pre-season testing while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed a full race simulation.

On the opening day of Barcelona’s second test, Mercedes ran the soft tyres for the first time this year with Rosberg clocking a 1m23.022s just before lunch, finishing 0.207 seconds clear of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, whose time was set on the ultra-softs.

It was an impressive performance from Mercedes, which focused on low-fuel and qualifying speed in the morning before changing tack in the afternoon when Hamilton took over the car.

The reigning world champion completed a short stint on the softs before completing three stints on the mediums as part of a 66-lap run.

Fernando Alonso suffered what McLaren described as a "small telemetry" glitch before lunch, but the team got him back out midway through the afternoon.

The two-time world champion clocked the third quickest time, 1.713s off the pace, and put 93 laps on the board.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had spent much of the day in second before he stopped out on track just after lunch.

He returned to the track late in the afternoon and he ended the day with 71 laps on the board, 100 fewer than Rosberg and Hamilton managed between them.

Red Bull suffered a long delay after a brake casing problem caused a small fire at the back of the RB12, with Daniil Kvyat rejoining in the afternoon to clock the fifth fastest time.

Hamilton was sixth, ahead of Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg, both of whom managed more than 100 laps apiece.

The 2016-spec Sauber proved to be reliable straight out of the box as Felipe Nasr clocked 103 laps for the ninth quickest time.

Renault’s Kevin Magnussen was 10th, but caused a red flag with a few minutes to go, when he stopped out on track having completed 119 laps.

Haas saw its running end early with a fuel system problem, with Esteban Gutierrez managing just 23 laps.

Manor’s Rio Haryanto had a troublesome day with the Indonesian missing most of the morning session as his team worked to fix a small oil leak.

He recovered to log 45 laps and the 12th fastest time, 4.603s off the pace.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.022s 82
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m23.229s 0.207s 123
3 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m24.735s 1.713s 93
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.836s 1.814s 72
5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m25.049s 2.027s 69
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.051s 2.029s 90
7 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.176s 2.154s 144
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m25.336s 2.314s 121
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.493s 2.471s 103
10 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.760s 2.738s 119
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m26.661s 3.639s 23
12 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m27.625s 4.603s 45

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Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen thwarted by gearbox issue in testing

A gearbox problem limited Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari’s mileage as 2016’s second pre-season Formula 1 test began at Barcelona on Tuesday.

Raikkonen’s car stopped when he became stuck in eighth gear on the pits straight just after the lunchbreak.

Although Ferrari got him back out later, he could only manage 72 laps – 100 down on Mercedes’ tally for the day.

"Obviously a few things could be better at this point but we are in testing and the purpose of testing is to try things and obviously something breaks," Raikkonen told reporters.

"We can fix it, there’s still time.

"Every year it’s the same story; you push, push and push and [if] we have an issue, we plan a fix. I’m not concerned."

Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has expressed hope that the team will be on the front row at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, while Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg insisted the Italian team was a "big threat".

Raikkonen said it was currently "pointless to start guessing" how Ferrari compared to Mercedes, which set the pace on Tuesday as it ran soft tyres for the first time this year.

"I have no idea what they’re doing and they don’t know what will happen," he said.

"You can see the laptime, there are different tyres and different times.

"We have a good feeling. We have made quite good progress over the winter again but is it going to be enough? Who knows?

"I think we will be more or less where we want to be."

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Test a Barcellona, Kimi chiude in testa–25/02/2016

Kimi Raikkonen tops final day of first 2016 Barcelona F1 test

Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets for Ferrari on the final day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona, while Mercedes clocked up an impressive 185 laps.

Raikkonen bolted on a set of the ultra-soft tyres and set a 1m23.477s just before lunch to lead the way.

It was the third day out of four that a Ferrari topped the times, with the Finn finishing 0.816s clear of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat who set his time on the same compound.

Mercedes, running its new nose, split running between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who logged 99 and 86 laps respectively.

Both drivers did all of their running on the medium tyre with Rosberg seventh, just over one tenth ahead of Hamilton in eighth.

It was not such a successful day for McLaren-Honda, which suffered a coolant leak early in the morning.

The team was unable to get car back out, leaving Fernando Alonso to end the day with only three laps under his belt and not having set a time.

A late run on the super-softs catapulted Force India development driver Alfonso Celis to third, 1.363s off the pace, on his second day in the car this week.

Kevin Magnussen made up for a lack of running for his team-mate Jolyon Palmer earlier in the week with the day’s highest individual tally of 153 laps and the third quickest time.

The Dane brought out the red flag when he stopped out on track in the final quarter of an hour.

Max Verstappen ended another solid day for Toro Rosso fifth, adding 106 laps to the 161 his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr managed on Wednesday.

Sauber was busy, too, with Felipe Nasr doing over 100 laps in the 2015-spec car and achieving the sixth fastest time with a soft-tyre run.

Haas completed a race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez as it continued its maiden F1 test. The Mexican finished 10th quickest.

Rookie Rio Haryanto was responsible for a red flag when he crashed at Turn 5 during the afternoon and did not return to the track.

The Indonesian, who logged 51 laps, propped up the timesheets with a 1m28.266s on the softs.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.477s 80
2 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m24.293s 0.816s 96
3 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m24.840s 1.363s 75
4 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.263s 1.786s 153
5 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.393s 1.916s 110
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m26.053s 2.576s 121
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m26.187s 2.710s 86
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.295s 2.818s 99
9 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m26.483s 3.006s 54
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m27.802s 4.325s 89
11 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m28.266s 4.789s 51
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 3

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Ferrari had hoped for higher mileage in first F1 test – Raikkonen

Ferrari did not complete as many laps as it had hoped during the first pre-season Formula 1 test at Barcelona, where Mercedes almost doubled the Italian team’s mileage.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen topped three of the four days between them, ending the week first and third respectively on the combined times.

However, Ferrari’s 353 laps of the Barcelona circuit fell well short of the 675 achieved by Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"We would have liked more laps but that’s part of testing," said Raikkonen, who was fastest on day four following a run on the new ultra-soft tyres.

"With a new car, there are certain things you need to try and test.

"You have to accept you have to check things and it takes time. It’s better to do that.

"If there are some issues or some things to change, it’s up to us to push so we are in the right position when we start racing."

Raikkonen lost the majority of his first morning of running in the new SF16-H while Ferrari carried out fuel system checks, and while Mercedes has already tried several key new parts on its W07, Ferrari’s test programme is still in its "early days".

"We haven’t really done an awful lot of set-up work but the baseline is normal," said Raikkonen.

"It’s where we want it to be, and I’m sure we can improve it some more.

"There are a lot of things to try at test two but the car is definitely a step up from what we had last year."


Mercedes 675
Toro Rosso 447
Sauber 432
Williams 337
Red Bull 369
Ferrari 353
Renault 343
Force India 333
Haas 281
McLaren 257
Manor 254

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