Ferrari: “Soddisfatti della simulazione, la SF15-T si comporta bene”
Gli ultimi due giorni di test rappresentano per i team il “Gran Premio Zero” della stagione, dove si provano veramente i limiti delle monoposto in vista dell’inizio della stagione. Dopo tanta attesa, finalmente il momento della verità è arrivato e in casa Ferrari si può archiviare con soddisfazione la prima simulazione dell’anno.
Kimi Raikkonen ha simulato la qualifica al mattino, effettuando dei giri secchi su gomma SuperSoft, e con il crono di 1:23.276 si è fermato a soli 14 centesimi da Felipe Massa, impegnato in contemporanea nello stesso lavoro. Il tempo non è stato ottenuto con serbatoio completamente scarico e nel muretto c’è soddisfazione perché il cronometro ha confermato che a livello di prestazione la Williams sembra essere ora sullo stesso piano, e questo è uno dei grandi obiettivi della stagione della Rossa.
Al pomeriggio il finlandese, che in tutta la giornata ha percorso ben 633 chilometri, ha poi effettuato la simulazione di gara, completando 66 giri inframezzati da due pit-stop. Ecco il dettaglio dei tempi fatti segnare da Iceman, raccolti per voi da FormulaPassion.it:
Gli uomini Ferrari sono apparsi molto contenti sia del passo gara sia per quanto riguarda l’utilizzo della gomma. A riguardo, possiamo confermarvi che la mescola media smarcata è una media normale, come ci ha riferito Mario Isola della Pirelli nel paddock del Circuit de Catalunya. Altra nota positiva l’affidabilità, nessun problema registrato nella giornata di oggi.
Le buone sensazioni di oggi sono confermate da James Allison, apparso come ieri di buonumore: “In questo inverno abbiamo percorso un gran numero di giri: ma fino a che non si tenta di simulare una gara, un giro dopo l’altro, fermandosi solo per cambiare le gomme, non si può dire di essere davvero pronti per fare sul serio a Melbourne. Per questo, siamo contenti di avere completato al primo tentativo la nostra simulazione sulla distanza, e dell’affidabilità dimostrata. Sono soddisfatto delle prove condotte negli ultimi due giorni, da cui appare chiaro che la vettura si comporta come ci aspettavamo. Provare in inverno in Europa dà riscontri leggermente diversi, per via del clima, da quello che potrebbero essere le prove in Bahrain: ma non cambia completamente le carte in gioco. Gran parte di quello che si vede qui è quello che vedremmo anche sulle altre piste del mondiale nel corso della stagione. E secondo me abbiamo visto una monoposto che… si sa comportare bene, una caratteristica che ci aspettiamo di veder riportata sulle piste di gara”.
Raikkonen liquida invece la sua ultima giornata di test invernali del 2015 con il record stagionale di loquacità: “Nel complesso il test è andato abbastanza bene, dato che oggi abbiamo simulato la distanza di gara. Ora aspettiamo di essere a Melbourne per renderci conto della realtà delle forze in campo”. La Ferrari domani con Sebastian Vettel ripeterà quanto fatto oggi e sarà un’altra giornata fondamentale. Riscontrando i risultati dei suoi due piloti, infatti, il team potrà farsi meglio un’idea del reale potenziale della SF15-T.
Non è stato un sabato importante solo per il lavoro in pista. Oggi si è tenuta infatti una riunione, svoltasi nel motorhome Mercedes e che ha coinvolto tutti i motoristi dell’attuale Formula 1. Per la Ferrari erano presenti il team principal Maurizio Arrivabene con Massimo Rivola e Mattia Binotto. A quanto trapela, l’esito dell’incontro è stato positivo: non c’è lontananza fra i costruttori per quanto riguarda le norme del 2017, quindi è in corso un dialogo per trovare un’intesa fra i quattro attori chiamati in causa.
Arrivabene, insieme a Esteban Gutierrez, Massimo Rivola e Michele Giraudo, ha anche stupito il pubblico presente a Barcellona, andando a sedersi sulle tribune durante i test (vedi photogallery sopra). A riguardo, simpatica la battuta del manager bresciano: “Ecclestone ha intenzione di ridurre i pass del personale, così ci stiamo preparando a quando non avremo più l’accesso al paddock“.
Rosberg, Bottas e Raikkonen: i "secondi" fanno sul serio
Nei top team non ci sono gerarchie ma il bilancio dei test di Montmeló appena conclusi ha visto Nico, Valtteri e Kimi più veloci dei più blasonati compagni di squadra Hamilton (già nervoso), Massa e Vettel. Indecifrabile la situazione Red Bull che svela la livrea 2015
Il vecchio detto per cui il compagno di squadra è il primo avversario da battere sarà pure abusato, ma è quanto mai attuale. Le prove invernali della F.1 hanno visto in un certo senso la rivincita delle “seconde guide” contro i capitani. D’accordo, nei top team di F.1 non c’è una gerarchia definita e i tempi dei test vanno presi sempre con prudenza, però è un fatto che Nico Rosberg sia stato più veloce del campione del mondo Lewis Hamiton con la Mercedes, che l’emergente Valtteri Bottas abbia battuto il veterano Felipe Massa con la Williams e che Kimi Raikkonen si ritrovi seppur di poco davanti al quattro volte iridato Sebastian Vettel, dopo una stagione con la Ferrari in cui tutti l’avevano dato per “bollito”.
confronto — È vero, le prestazioni al Montmeló sono state ottenute in giorni diversi, in condizioni e temperature non sempre identiche, ma i raffronti sono abbastanza realistici nei casi in cui i piloti seguivano gli stessi programmi utilizzando uguali mescole di gomme. Per esempio, l’ultimo giorno Bottas ha ottenuto 1’23”063 a fine mattinata con le mescole supersoft contro 1’23”262 stabilito il giorno prima di Massa (sempre al mattino) con gli stessi pneumatici. Mentre Vettel domenica si è fermato a 1’23”469 con le supersoft contro 1’23”276 segnato da Raikkonen a parità di gomme il sabato: per la cronaca entrambi i ferraristi dovevano provare la qualifica e poi la simulazione di gara ed entrambi hanno fatto un giro non perfetto. Per la cronaca sembra che Kimi sia stato leggermente più rapido anche sul ritmo del GP. Infine Hamilton sabato si è fermato a 1’23”022 con le gomme soft contro 1’22”792 (tempo record dell’inverno) tirato fuori venerdì da Rosberg. Peraltro i due piloti Mercedes erano ben distanti da una configurazione da qualifica…
Barcelona F1 test: Felipe Massa fastest on first day of final test
Felipe Massa set the pace for Williams on the first day of Formula 1’s final pre-season test at Barcelona as McLaren and Mercedes were hampered by mechanical issues.
Massa bolted on a set of soft tyres and completed a three-lap qualifying simulation run in the afternoon, clocking a 1m23.500s.
It’s the fastest time set in Barcelona testing so far, with the Brazilian eclipsing Lotus’s Romain Grosjean’s leading time from the last test by just over four tenths.
A late run on the supersoft tyres moved Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson up to second quickest with Lewis Hamilton, who set the pace in the morning session on the medium tyres, third.
However, Mercedes’ Hamilton did not complete a single lap after lunch following a failure with the MGU-K that the team could not fix in time to get the car back out on track.
McLaren’s afternoon was also curtailed with a hydraulics issue, meaning Jenson Button managed just seven laps, of which only one was timed.
Ericsson completed a race simulation in the afternoon, using the medium and hard tyres, and clocked 122 laps – the highest tally of the day.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who brought the day’s first red flag when he stopped at the pit exit in the morning, only did 30 laps in the afternoon.
That brought the Russian’s tally to 75, as he finished fourth fastest, 2.4s off the pace.
Carlos Sainz Jr stopped at Turn 10 in the afternoon, bringing out the red flag for the second time.
The Toro Rosso driver completed 86 laps and ended up seventh, just ahead of Button who propped up the timing screens.
Elsewhere, Grosjean completed 75 laps and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen 80 as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.
|4||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.947s||2.447s||75|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.962s||3.462s||86|
Barcelona F1 test: Ferrari to try aero upgrades on Friday
Ferrari is set to introduce new aerodynamic components on Friday, as it gradually upgrades its aero package during Barcelona’s final pre-season test.
Kimi Raikkonen set the sixth-fastest time for the team on the opening day, having spent the bulk of his 80 laps on the hard and medium Pirellis.
While new components on the car for Thursday were minimal, Raikkonen is keen to run the updates on Saturday as he alternates days with Sebastian Vettel.
"More or less the car is the same," he said of developments compared to last week’s test. "We can get some, but not for today, hopefully for tomorrow.
"I think it’s not too bad, really, how the car behaves.
"There are certain things that we want to improve – and we want more grip obviously, always, to go faster – but sometimes it’s a bit tricky here with the conditions that we are having.
"If the tyres don’t work – one lap they work, next they don’t – it changes a lot."
Raikkonen is content with the visible progress Ferrari has made after enduring a troubled 2014 season, especially as he knows there is more to come.
"We’ve made a good step from last year. It’s hard to say from testing, but two weeks will tell us once we’re going in Australia," he said.
"Overall it’s a good a feeling and we still have one day to put all of the things we have learned together and hopefully we will be happy with everything.
"Obviously a laptime would be good, but we’ll see in a few weeks in the first race where we are.
"It’s not an issue, as long as you’ve got a good feeling on every fuel load you run it’s usually OK."
Barcelona F1 test: Maldonado fastest, Wolff and Nasr collide
Pastor Maldonado used soft tyres to go fastest for Lotus-Mercedes on a Barcelona Formula 1 test day disrupted by a collision between Felipe Nasr and Susie Wolff.
The Williams and Sauber came together early in the afternoon session, when Wolff was on an out-lap and morning pacesetter Nasr was at full speed.
Contact between the Williams’s left front and Sauber’s right-rear sent Nasr into the Turn 5 barriers, with Wolff also coming to rest in the gravel.
Prior to the long red flag the collision prompted, Kimi Raikkonen had established Ferrari on top, initially on Pirelli’s ‘winter hard’ and then using mediums to do a 1m25.167s.
He stayed there until a flurry of soft-tyre runs in mid-afternoon, during which both Maldonado and Red Bull-Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo went out for short bursts on the faster rubber.
While Ricciardo could only get within 0.380 seconds of Raikkonen, Maldonado pipped the Ferrari by 0.156s to set an unbeatable benchmark in a Lotus he felt was showing encouraging progress.
"I can say it is a better car than last year," he said. "It’s a huge step, but it’s still very early days.
"It will not be easy because we do not have much time left and we have a new engine, but for now, it looks good."
Sergio Perez took over the 2014 Force India from on-loan Pascal Wehrlein after the German was recalled to Mercedes and the Mexican quickly moved up the order, fitting in 34 laps and going fourth on medium rubber.
Both Nasr and Wolff managed to get back on track in their repaired cars late on, although the Sauber triggered a red flag in the last few minutes when it stopped on the approach to Turn 9.
Nasr still held on to fifth in the standings with his morning time.
While Red Bull stuck to short runs, Toro Rosso hinted at reliability improvements for Renault as Max Verstappen topped the lap count on 94, eight more than second-best Wolff. Verstappen went sixth quickest during a very long afternoon run.
Jenson Button remained seventh on his morning time, despite the McLaren-Honda being sidelined while its engine was changed.
McLaren is set to be compromised by the same problems on Friday, as it waits for a faulty part to be updated in time for the weekend’s running.
Pascal Wehrlein occupied both eighth and ninth places in the results. His best time from relatively long runs on hard tyres for Mercedes was a tenth adrift of his morning pace for Force India.
The German had been summoned back to Mercedes duties because Lewis Hamilton had to stop after 11 laps in the morning due to a fever, and his team-mate Nico Rosberg was unable to step in due to pain from a trapped nerve in his neck.
DAY ONE TIMES
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.547s||0.536s||59|
|4||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.636s||1.625s||34|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m27.900s||2.889s||94|
|8||Pascal Wehrlein||Force India/Mercedes||1m28.329s||3.318s||32|
Jerez F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on final day
Kimi Raikkonen ended the first Formula 1 test of 2015 on top for Ferrari, setting the fastest time of the week at Jerez on Wednesday afternoon.
The 2007 world champion spent most of the day at the top of the times, running on the medium and hard-compound tyres during the morning, before switching to some soft-tyre running late in the afternoon.
Raikkonen reiterated his belief that Ferrari has started 2015 in encouraging shape.
"Compared with the last car it feels at lot better," he said.
"We still have a lot of things to work on and things to improve, but we have something we can work on and the team has done a good job over the winter to prepare and make this car.
"We can be happy about that, but it’s still early days."
It was during a sequence of runs on the yellow-sidewalled Pirellis that Raikkonen set the best time of the four days, going one tenth of a second faster than Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel managed on day two (on mediums).
Sauber once again got itself towards the front as it completed some soft-tyre running for the fourth consecutive day, with Marcus Ericsson edging out Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes for the second-fastest time with half an hour to go.
Ericsson caused a last-minute red flag when his car ran out of fuel on track.
Hamilton succeeded in passing the 100-lap mark for the first time at this test, after a water leak limited him to 91 on day two.
The reigning world champion did not have a perfect day though, as a spin at the chicane brought out the red flags in the morning.
It was only a minor delay to Mercedes’ programme, with Hamilton returning to the track just 40 minutes after he caused the stoppage.
At the other end of the timesheets, Lotus and McLaren both wrapped up the test early due to power unit and fuel pump problems respectively, while Red Bull lost time with an ERS problem earlier in the day that forced Daniil Kvyat to stop on track in the morning.
McLaren had a troubled morning as well, when an "operational issue relating to the oil level" caused a delay to its programme in the morning.
Button finished the day with 35 laps to his name, and he set the Honda-powered MP4-30’s fastest lap of the week with a 1m27.660s.
WEDNESDAY’S TEST TIMES:
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.553s||1.712s||97|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.975s||3.134s||64|
Testing at the Jerez circuit – 4 February 2015
Circuit: Jerez circuit – 4.428 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T – chassis 309
Weather: Air temperature 9/13 °C, track temperature 8/22. Clear skies.
Laps/Km completed: 105/464
Fastest time: 1:20.841 (Pirelli Soft tyres)
Tyres used: Wet, Intermediate, Medium, Hard and Soft
Programme: Tyre evaluation and set-up work.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Over the winter, we have made a good step forward and this car is definitely an improvement over the 2014 one. It’s the whole package that has progressed, but there is still a lot of work to do. We are not comparing ourselves to the others, we just got on with our own job, without looking at what they were doing. Times are of relatively little importance; what matters is that we have put together a good number of laps without having any real problems. Today’s conditions were not that easy, with too strong a wind blowing ontrack, but then it’s the same for everyone. As I said, we now have a good basis from which to start the development work.”
James Allison: “When you bring a new car to the track, you’re always excited and worried and that is mixed with a profound hope that all the hard work of so many people will be rewarded with performance. We leave this test without having all our expectations met, simply because we would have liked to have done even more mileage and because you always want to be faster. However, having said that, given how it went, overall we can bepleased, because we have had a solid start. Now, we are keen to push on with the development work in Barcelona, so as to be ready for the first race in Melbourne.”
Maurizio Arrivabene: “If one makes a comparison to last year, these past few days of testing have produced encouraging signs. The team has worked well, both at home and at the track and our drivers did a great job, providing the engineers with valuable feedback. But above all, I am pleased that the group has rediscovered its motivation and team spirit. In terms of performance, I don’t think our competitors – one in particular – have shown their true potential over these past days. I think we will only discover the truth about them and about ourselves at the last Barcelona test session. Now, my attention turns to Paris, where tomorrow’s meeting will decide the future of our sport.”
Jerez F1 test: Felipe Nasr’s Sauber pips Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari
Felipe Nasr topped the third day of Formula 1 testing at Jerez for Sauber, as the team’s soft tyre strategy finally got it ahead of Ferrari.
The Swiss team opted for a quick run on the yellow-sidewalled Pirelli tyres for the third successive day, but while it narrowly missed out on top spot to Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari on days one and two, Nasr was able to beat Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to that honour on Tuesday.
Nasr’s lap came just a couple of minutes after Raikkonen had gone quickest on a set of medium-compound tyres, during a mid-afternoon spell where the Sauber had a couple of turns at the top and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes briefly got in on the act as well.
Mercedes once again dominated in terms of mileage, with Rosberg adding 151 laps to the 157 he managed on day one and the 91 team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed before a water leak curtailed his running on Monday.
Rosberg’s day was not trouble free though, as an on-track engine shutdown forced him to a halt just before 1pm, bringing out the red flags.
That was the second stoppage of the day. Nasr had caused the first when he spun into the Turn 9 gravel when the circuit was damp in the morning.
There was a third red flag with just over one minute left in the day’s running, caused by Pastor Maldonado stopping on the backstraight.
McLaren-Honda enjoyed its best day yet as Fernando Alonso managed 32 laps in the morning, but a problem with the engine – detected by the Spaniard on an out-lap – brought its running to a premature end.
That left the MP4-30 comfortably bottom of the timesheets, as Alonso missed out on the fully dry conditions of the afternoon.
Lotus made a late start to the day due to a telemetry problem, while Red Bull suffered engine gremlins that limited Daniel Ricciardo to little more than some short runs late in the day in the RB11.
TUESDAY TEST TIMES:
|6||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m23.187s||1.642s||137|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m23.901s||2.356s||49|
Jerez F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen says new Ferrari is a “different story”
Kimi Raikkonen declared the 2015 Ferrari already a “completely different story” to last season’s car after his first Formula 1 test of the year at Jerez.
Although Raikkonen led the way on day one of 2014 running 12 months ago, that proved to be the precursor to the least successful season of his F1 career.
He said there were instantly signs that 2015 should be a better year.
“There are a lot of good points in the areas where we had difficulties,” Raikkonen said.
“Obviously it’s just the first day and the circuit stayed damp for most of the day, but we had good running and got some mileage.
“The whole package is quite a bit better than how we finished last year. We’ve improved in all the areas.
“We have a lot of things to do and things to improve, but it’s definitely a positive start and we have something to work with.”
Asked to directly compare how his first impression of the SF15-T compared to his early feelings in the F14T, Raikkonen replied: “It’s a lot different. It’s a new car and you usually know if the car is going to be good or not good [immediately].
“This year is a completely different story to last year.
“It’s a positive start and I had a good feeling straightaway when I went out.”
Raikkonen’s Ferrari deal will be up for renewal at the end of 2015, but he shrugged off any suggestion that he was starting a critical year for his career.
“There is an option in the contract. I don’t mind. It’s up to me and up to the team to do a good job this year,” he said.
“If it goes badly and I don’t sign it, then I don’t sign it. It’s not the end of the world.
“The aim is to do well and have good times and for everyone to be happy.
“I’m sure we can do a good year and then we’ll see what happens in the future.
“I don’t worry about it and I don’t have to think about it.”
Raikkonen could stay beyond 2015
Kimi Raikkonen’s manager says it is possible the Finn will stay at Ferrari beyond the 2015 season.
A report in Finland’s Turun Sanomat said the 2007 world champion’s current deal expires at the end of the year, with a double-sided option to extend into 2016.
Manager Steve Robertson said: "Above all, he has to enjoy the driving."
Raikkonen, 35 and now father to a newborn son, struggled notably in 2014 alongside Fernando Alonso.
Robertson added: "If he is doing well, and he has the feeling that everything is working, the enthusiasm infects the entire team.
"If that happens, I believe it is possible that Kimi could stay longer."
At the very least, Robertson is expecting Raikkonen to work well alongside his new teammate and friend, Sebastian Vettel.
"At the beginning of his career, Sebastian travelled with Kimi and that’s where it started to develop.
"Sebastian saw how straightforward Kimi is and that he could be trusted without reservation. They seem to have a lot in common.
"Sometimes it happens in motor racing that drivers can have good relationships and still the competition between them remains tough," Robertson added.
"I think the direction of the team will now be better — Sebastian and Kimi are the right combination for Ferrari," he said.