Da Autosprint n.9 del 4/3/2014:
Ultimo assaggio per Kimi
Circuito: Circuito di Sakhir – 5,412 km Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen Vettura: Ferrari F14 T Meteo: temperatura aria 24/29°C, temperatura asfalto 27/37 °C. Sole. Giri/Km percorsi: 87/470 Miglior tempo: 1:35.426
Un’altra giornata di sole ha accompagnato la Scuderia Ferrari nella penultima giornata di prove sul Circuito di Sakhir. Oggi è stata l’ultima apparizione ai test per Kimi Raikkonen che tornerà alla guida della F14 T nel GP d’Australia tra dodici giorni. Al mattino, dopo una serie di giri la squadra ha dovuto risolvere un problema relativo ad un connettore che ha obbligato i meccanici a smontare varie parti della vettura per rimetterla in piena efficienza. Nel pomeriggio, Kimi ha alternato dei giri sulla breve distanza con una simulazione di gara, incluse alcune prove di pit-stop.“Oggi speravo di fare più giri ma non è stata una giornata facile” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Abbiamo sacrificato del tempo questa mattina per un intervento necessario sulla vettura ma siamo riusciti a recuperare un po’ del terreno perso nel pomeriggio. Nella distanza di gara abbiamo continuato a prendere le misure con le strategie di consumo e il degrado degli pneumatici anche se c’era un vento che disturbava molto la guida. Vorrei poter dire di aver fatto meglio ma abbiamo ancora un altro giorno con Fernando per continuare la nostra preparazione per Melbourne.”Le prove su questo circuito proseguiranno anche domani con Fernando Alonso per la giornata conclusiva di prove.
Da Sky Race Anatomy del 01/03/2014:
Gazzetta dello Sport del 28/02/2014:
Gazzetta dello Sport del 02/03/2014
Bahrain F1 test: Massa flies for Williams, more Red Bull trouble
Felipe Massa set the fastest time of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain so far on Saturday, as Sebastian Vettel failed to complete a lap for Red Bull.
Williams focused on performance work for Massa’s final day in the car before the Australian Grand Prix weekend, and late in the afternoon the Brazilian set the quickest time over the two tests at Sakhir this pre-season.
Nico Rosberg – who completed 103 laps despite losing most of the morning due to an engine change – briefly stole top spot from Massa with around 15 minutes to go, but the Williams went back out and beat his time by 0.2 seconds.
At the other end of the timing screens sat world champion Vettel, who took over from Daniel Ricciardo following Red Bull’s best day of pre-season so far.
However, there was no continuation of that momentum for Vettel, who stopped halfway round his out-lap after waiting nearly three hours to head out of the garage for the first time.
The RB10 was sent out again before lunch, but this time it only made it to the end of the pitlane before Vettel stopped and had to push the car back.
After that the Red Bull mechanics closed the garage doors, and the car did not reappear.
Sauber and Lotus were the other teams in trouble. The Swiss team managed one lap before Adrian Sutil pulled to a stop at the pit entry with smoke coming out of the C33.
Romain Grosjean was back in the Lotus for the first time at this final test, and after electrical problems prevented him from running in the morning, his day ended after just 33 laps with an MGU-K problem that was too big to fix before the end of the running.
In terms of race simulations, Force India followed its programme from the past two days with Sergio Perez, giving Nico Hulkenberg set-up work to do in the morning before a race run in the afternoon.
Ferrari had a quiet morning on Kimi Raikkonen’s final day in the car, and it finally managed to carry out some race simulation work with the Finn in the final two hours of the day.
That left just enough time for some short runs just before the end, which enabled the 2007 world champion to set the third-fastest time.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m33.258s 99 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.484s +0.226s 103 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.426s +2.168s 87 4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.894s +2.636s 88 5. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.113s +2.855s 81 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.205s +2.947s 115 7. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.087s +3.829s 78 8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m38.083s +4.825s 117 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m42.166s +8.908s 33 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 0
Bahrain F1 test: Raikkonen targets race distance on final day
Kimi Raikkonen is targeting completing a race distance on his final day of Formula 1 testing on Saturday after a difficult first day in Bahrain.
The Finn managed only 54 laps today, ending the day third fastest, 1.142s off Sergio Perez’s fastest time of the day.
He hands over to Fernando Alonso tomorrow but is scheduled to return for the penultimate day, which should be his last run in the car before Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix on March 14.
The Finn has completed fewer laps than Alonso so far in pre-season testing, with the Spaniard having been able to do some longer runs.
"We will try to do the race distance, for sure," said Raikkonen when asked what the focus will be for his final day in the car. "
"I haven’t even tried to do it yet. I think Fernando did it so that’s something that we are hopefully going to do and just see where we are really.
"[Beyond that], just normal things, trying things, learning again and hopefully we will be ready for the first race of the year."
Ferrari trialled some aerodynamic upgrades in Bahrain today, including a new front wing.
Although Raikkonen refused to draw any definitive conclusions, he is cautiously optimistic about progress.
"I am sure they were better otherwise we wouldn’t have brought them," said Raikkonen.
"But there are still things to improve and things to try to put things together in the final moments [of testing].
"We will see where we are in the first race."
Raikkonen also claimed he is not worried about Ferrari’s reliability relative to other teams.
While Mercedes and McLaren have both covered more ground pre-season, with 3073km and 2687km respectively, but Ferrari has logged only 400 less, with a figure of 2665km.
"I’m sure if we wanted to do 100 laps today, we could do," said Raikkonen.
"We had to do other things and try different things and try to see which way which changes go and learn a little bit because when it comes to race weekends there is not so much time to change stuff.
"At least I will have some idea of which way to go. I’m not too worried."
Kimi: “Mi manca solo la simulazione di gara”
Sakhir, 27 febbraio – Penultimo giorno di test prima dell’inizio della stagione per Kimi Raikkonen che è tornato al volante della F14 T e che vivrà la sua ultima giornata in abitacolo prima del GP d’Australia sabato. Il finlandese è stato rallentato da un problema in mattinata ma nel pomeriggio è riuscito a lavorare bene: “Prima di lasciare Sakhir ho in progetto di percorrere la distanza di gara, è l’unica cosa che ancora mi manca. Oggi abbiamo preferito concentrarci su alcune delle tante cose che abbiamo ancora da provare e il bilancio dei test invernali lo tracceremo al termine dell’ultima giornata, quando prenderemo tutti i dati raccolti e li proveremo a mettere insieme. Posso già dire comunque che ho vissuto inverni peggiori di questo”.
Raikkonen è apparso molto tranquillo alle domande dei giornalisti in merito alla gestione dei consumi e su come questo aspetto possa influenzare le gare: “Sono ormai anni che non si può più spingere dall’inizio alla fine” – ha risposto Kimi – “Prima c’era da stare attenti al motore, poi alle gomme. Non si spinge mai al 100% tutti i giri perché c’è sempre qualcosa per cui essere conservativi. Ci abitueremo anche alle situazioni del 2014, ma dovremo iniziare a gareggiare prima di preoccuparci su questo fronte”.
In merito alla concorrenza Kimi ha concluso con la solita naturalezza che lo contraddistingue: “Abbiamo seguito programmi diversi, non credo che il potenziale si veda da quanti giri fa una vettura nei test. Noi abbiamo tante cose da provare e vogliamo sfruttare queste giornate per verificarle perché il weekend di gara dura pochissimo, le ore del venerdì volano e il resto dei giorni si cerca solo la prestazione”.
Domani sulla F14 T, nel secondo giorno dell’ultimo test pre-stagionale, ci sarà Fernando Alonso.
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Bahrain F1 test: Perez ends first day on top, Red Bull hits trouble
Sergio Perez set the pace for Force India on the opening day of the final pre-season Formula 1 test in Bahrain.
The Mexican moved to the top of the times with a 1m35.290s in the morning, a lap that remained untroubled for the rest of the day as most of the teams focused either on race runs or troubleshooting.
All of the Mercedes-powered teams spent the majority of the day working on race-specification, meaning that the headline times were slightly slower than was often the case last week.
Williams’s priority for most of the day was aero work and a race simulation, but towards the end of the session Valtteri Bottas went out for a shorter run and moved up to second in the times.
Ferrari and Kimi Raikkonen suffered a minor setback as the team worked through some glitches in the morning, but as the day went on the 2007 world champion built up some miles in the F14 T, gradually improving through the afternoon to end up third.
Raikkonen then brought the session to a slightly premature end when his Ferrari stopped on the backstraight with just a couple of minutes remaining.
Last week’s regular pacesetters, Mercedes and McLaren, had a low-key day in terms of laptime as they also focused on race work, while Red Bull and Lotus suffered more trouble.
Daniel Ricciardo managed 32 laps in the morning for Red Bull, before the team’s overheating issues – caused by its packaging rather than a Renault engine issue – prevented it from running again until the final few minutes of the day.
Lotus had to call an early close to its running when problems with a new exhaust configuration forced the team to switch to the previous specification – a job that could not be completed in time for Pastor Maldonado to return to the track.
Elsewhere in the pitlane, Marussia enjoyed its best day in pre-season so far, completing 44 laps with Max Chilton and setting a best time of 1m38.610s.
Fellow back-of-the-grid-team Caterham made a stuttering start to the final test, with reliability issues limiting Kamui Kobayashi to just 19 laps.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m35.290s 105 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m36.184s +0.894s 128 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.432s +1.142s 54 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.624s +1.334s 89 5. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.700s +2.410s 89 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.825s +2.535s 109 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m37.908s +2.618s 39 8. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.610s +3.320s 44 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m39.242s +3.952s 55 10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m40.599s +5.309s 31 11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m42.285s +6.995s 19
Da La Gazzetta dello Sport del 22/02/2014:
Da La Gazzetta dello Sport del 23/02/2014:
Da Autosprint n.8 del 25/02/2014:
Kimi Raikkonen still unsure how Ferrari compares to F1 rivals
Kimi Raikkonen is still unsure how competitive Ferrari is after eight days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in 2014.
The 2007 F1 world champion set the seventh fastest time overall across four days of running in Bahrain last week, just behind double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso, who drove the car on the first two days.
While Raikkonen played down the disruption caused by a crash at the end of the final day, telemetry issues earlier in the week prevented the Scuderia from undertaking a race-run at the Sakhir circuit.
Raikkonen reckons the team has proven the reliability of its package, but he is yet to get an idea of how Ferrari stacks up against its opposition.
"We’re not really so impressive in our lap time but we will see exactly where we are in Australia in the first race," he said.
"From the reliability aspect we are OK, but speed-wise I don’t know where we are.
"I think we are not too bad really. There are lots of things to do still, and obviously I know our own situation but I’ve no idea what the others are doing.
"We’ll keep doing our work and hopefully find out we are more or less where we should be."
Raikkonen said Ferrari still needed to work on its engine and improve the set-up of the F14 T.
"It’s not too bad. Power-wise we will have to see next week what we can do, but it’s not any major issue," he added.
"There are little things we still want to improve and we will just try to understand a little bit the changes and what the car will do.
"It’s pretty OK right now, but we want to improve and there is still a long way to go before the season.
"Obviously everything is different [this year] so we are trying to learn. Next week we can put it all together and see where we are."