Mauro Forghieri: Non è la Ferrari di Alonso, Tombazis e Fry
Ingegner Forghieri, la Ferrari torna a casa dalla Spagna con il sorriso sulla faccia dei tecnici e dei piloti. Fuoco di paglia o il vento è cambiato?
“A mio modesto avviso si possono dire, in questo preciso momento, poche cose credibili in merito all’esordio della SF15-T. Vettura decisamente meno brutta rispetto a quella del 2014. La nuova Ferrari mi sembra “più sana” se volessimo confrontarla con la F14-T, mentre non sono assolutamente in grado di stabilire se gode di maggiore o minore carico aerodinamico e probabilmente gli stessi tecnici di Maranello non hanno ancora l’esatta cognizione di quali siano gli effettivi punti di forza e i limiti della nuova macchina. Con la definzione di “più sana”, intendo la capacità di risposta della vettura rispetto agli interventi e quindi alle aspettative degli ingegneri. La nuova monoposto risponde puntualmente in positivo o in negativo alle soluzioni adottate di volta in volta e questo è un fattore di valutazione molto importante e contituisce un elemento promettente. Mi auguro che gli uomini della Ferrari abbiano raccolto tanti dati preziosi in questa prima sessione di test.”
Tombazis e Fry non ci sono più. I loro sostituti sono in gran parte giovani italiani che da anni lavorano alla Ferrari, una storia simile alla sua quando all’età di 23 anni si è trovato a dirigere il reparto corse dopo un’epurazione di tecnici decisa in poche ore da Enzo Ferrari…
“Un altro aspetto importante della Ferrari 2015, è l’entusiasmo ad un livello che mancava da anni ed anni tra gli uomini di Maranello. L’esplosione di battimani quando Sebastian Vettel è rientrato ai box di Jerez, è la prova migliore del livello di intesa e di complicità di un team che sta bene insieme sotto la regia di Maurizio Arrivabene, uomo con grandi capacità motivazionali. Se è vero che è stato Sergio Marchionne a designare Arrivabene alla guida della squadra, mi sembra non potesse fare scelta più azzeccata il presidente del Cavallino Rampante. Maurizio lo conosco sin dai tempi in cui – con Aleardo Buzzi al vertice della Philip Morris – aiutava economicamente Clay Regazzoni a correre in Formula 1. E poi Arrivabene, grazie alla precedente lunga esperienza nel settore del marketing, ha il pregio di conoscere quali sono i migliori canali per trovare mezzi ecnomici per la squadra che, visti i tempi di crisi, per quanti possa disporne, non bastano mai. I quattrini inoltre hanno il pregio di aiutare a superare meglio gli errori. “Meglio piangere in Rolls Royce che su un tram”, sosteneva Aristotele Onassis.”
Nella sua lunga carriera a Maranello ha disegnato di tutto: motori, alettoni, telai, sospensioni, monoposto e prototipi di successo… Quali sono gli aspetti della nuova vettura che di più hanno colpito la sua “visione” di tecnico?
“Ritengo in assoluto che l’aspetto più importante della nuova Ferrari sia quello del profondo miglioramento della meccanica della vettura, carenza invece che aveva segnato pesantemente i risultati, almeno negli ultimi tre anni. Penso che i correttivi apportati da Allison con il nuovo staff dei giovani ingegneri, siano scaturiti dalla lunga serie di lamentele sollevate da Kimi Raikkonen in passato. Quante volte il pilota finlandese manifestava poca fiducia per la macchina che, secondo lui, non riusciva a controllare in quelle che avrebbe voluto reazioni più dirette? Vedendolo guidare la F14-T, Kimi sembrava un principiante. A Jerez invece ha svolto un lavoro importante e mi risulta che oggi Raikkonen sia molto contento del suo primo approccio con la nuova Ferrari, tanto quanto Sebastian Vettel, compagno con il quale – aspetto non trascurabile – va molto d’accordo. Kimi è un pilota istintivo, tutt’altro che sprovveduto e se ha confermato le qualità di base della SF15-T, significa che la strada imboccata dai tecnici è quella giusta. Da qui a vincere un Gran Premio, bisogna andarci piano perchè nei test spagnoli i concorrenti non hanno mostrato il loro vero potenziale, quindi la cautela è d’obbligo.”
La vettura 2014 soffriva in particolare per una carenza nella componente motoristica. Si diceva che il peccato originale fosse il sottodimensionamento della power unit…
“I concorrenti della Ferrari ritengo abbiano cercato, in questa prima fase, l’affidabilità e i migliori protagonisti della scorsa stagione dovrebbero confermarsi anche nel campionato 2015, sebbene a Maranello un passo avanti lo hanno fatto sicuramente con l’evoluzione della componente motoristica, migliorando la coppia intermedia attraverso un profondo lavoro sull’elettronica, aumentando il dimensionamento del turbocompressore e cercando nuove soluzioni per ottimizzare la combustione con quella “brutta bestia” che è l’iniezione diretta nei motori sovralimentati. Raccogliendo voci di corridoio, mi pare di capire che gli ingegneri abbiano svolto un gran lavoro di ricerca mettendo a punto soluzioni interessanti. Questi sono gli aspetti più rilevanti, non quelle strane considerazioni sulla distribuzione dei molleggi derivanti dalla sospensione pull rod rispetto alla push rod: tutte due le soluzioni sono valide portando a risultati equivalenti, quindi senza differenze se non nel meccanismo di funzionamento. Mentre su queste vetture la vera differenza è costituita dal motore.”
I risultati consueguiti a Jerez quest’anno, in termini di affidabilità e prestazioni, sono stati molto diversi rispetto all’esordio nelle passate stagioni…
“I tempi registrati a Jerez non devono far nascere troppe speranze perchè il lavoro da svolgere è ancora lungo e impegnativo. Però se di buon mattino c’è un po’ di sole, è già un buongiorno che dovrebbe scongiurare l’arrivo delle fredde nevicate di questi giorni. La prossima sessione di test prevista a Barcellona potrebbe offrire maggiori elementi in termini di continuità di prestazioni. Consideriamo che oggi i tecnici di riferimento della Ferrari sono molto giovani e questo comporta un vantaggio indiscutibile: hanno la testa in un continuo turbinio di idee a differenza dei vecchi che quando si trovano nel pantano, purtroppo non reagiscono con la stessa velocità ed energia. I più giovani non si vergognano di imparare guardando cosa fanno gli altri ed in questo, devo riconoscerlo, gli inglesi sono bravissimi, mentre noi italiani, credendoci un po’ tutti figli di Leonardo da Vinci, a volte ci sentiamo troppo importanti, quando invece la grandezza di un uomo si misura dalla modestia. I giovani devono esserci perchè sono il futuro e la Ferrari è sulla buona strada per diventare competitiva come tutti noi vogliamo. Poi vincere è cosa diversa, sebbene mi senta di condividere il pensiero di Horner della Red Bull, il quale si è ripromesso di mettere sotto pressione la Mercedes: mi sembra una ottima strategia per iniziare ad imporsi in un campionato che l’anno scorso aveva le sembianze del monomarca.”
La vittoria appare ancora lontana, ma il primo passo in quella direzione pare sia stato fatto, quindi potremmo pensare ad una evoluzione positiva durante la stagione sportiva, contrariamente alla regressione senza fine degli anni scorsi…
“Ammetto – amando la Ferrari per le ragioni che tutti possono ben comprendere – di essere contento perchè ero stanco e dispiaciuto di vedere la “mia squadra” maltrattata moralmente. Con ciò non voglio dire che la Ferrari sia uscita dal pantano in cui si era venuta a trovare negli ultimi anni, ma almeno oggi si respira aria nuova senza dover subire il condizionamento di vivere con un team dentro ad un altro team. Questa è stata la grave colpa del passato: Alonso, Tombazis e Fry insieme avevano creato una squadra nella squadra, generando una condizione negativa di alternanze politiche. Anzichè unire gli uomini, avevano dato origine a divisioni interne sempre più profonde, con rimpalli di responsabilità e alibi che non potevano portare risultati nel lavoro.”
La faccia di Alonso, anno dopo anno, era sempre più buia, così come stagione dopo stagione anche la faccia dei tecnici attorno a lui assumeva la stessa espressione nell’attesa di un risultato che ormai tutti sapevano impossibile…
“Fernando Alonso è un gran pilota, non c’è ombra di dubbio. Ma ha avuto a disposizione una macchina che non andava bene nemmeno a lui. Ricordate le critiche che ha rivolto in pubblico ai suoi tecnici? Dovunque è andato, mai ha saputo creare il buonumore e quella coesione all’interno di tutta la squadra, fattori che sono indispensabili per progredire. Con Alonso gli uomini della Ferrari erano in difficoltà tra loro e, come ho detto prima, arrivando al paradosso di avere una squadra dentro alla squadra, condizione questa che un pilota deve assolutamente evitare. Dall’esperienza che ho maturato con Niki Lauda, con Clay Regazzoni, con Jody Scheckter, ho visto come questi piloti sapessero “fare squadra”, creando il clima ideale per lavorare, includendo e non escludendo, infondendo a piene mani la speranza del risultato. A un meccanico impegnato tra box e officina praticamente senza orari, chi può offrirgli la speranza che il lavoro svolto sia proficuo, se non il pilota? Per fortuna che tra Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen corre buon sangue e poi guidano in modo abbastanza simile. Invece fino all’anno scorso anche il solco tra compagni di squadra era molto profondo. Per fortuna è cambiato tutto. Sono proprio contento e fiducioso.”
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.”
Da Autosprint n.5 del 04/02/2014:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Day 1. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m23.276s Thurs 2. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m23.700s +0.424s Thurs 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.952s +0.676s Thurs 4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m24.165s +0.889s Weds 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +1.536s Weds 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +2.068s Weds 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m25.495s +2.219s Thurs 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +2.312s Weds 9. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m26.096s +2.820s Thurs 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +5.100s Weds 11. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1m29.457s +6.181s Fri 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m29.915s +6.639s Thurs 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m30.161s +6.885s Thurs 14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m32.222s +8.946s Fri 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.994s Weds 16. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.795s +14.519s Weds 17. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.820s +15.544s Weds 18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m43.193s +19.917s Fri 19. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m44.016s +20.740s Fri 20. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m45.374s +22.098s Fri 21. Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault No time Thurs 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari No time Thurs Mileage by driver Driver Team Laps Kms 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 188 832 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 173 766 3. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 162 717 4. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 133 588 5. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 121 535 6. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 103 456 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 83 367 8. Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 81 358 9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 78 345 10. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 60 265 11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 54 239 12. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 48 212 13. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 45 199 14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 42 185 15. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 25 110 16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 17 75 17. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 12 53 18. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 11 48 19. Robin Frijns Caterham-Renault 10 44 20. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 10 44 21. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 9 39 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 5 22 Mileage by team 1. Team Laps Kms 2. Mercedes 309 1368 3. Ferrari 251 1111 4. McLaren 245 1084 5. Williams 175 774 6. Sauber 163 721 7. Force India 146 646 8. Caterham 76 336 9. Toro Rosso 54 239 10. Marussia 30 132 11. Red Bull 21 92 Mileage by engine manufacturer Engine Laps Kms 1. Mercedes 875 3874 2. Ferrari 444 1966 3. Renault 151 668
Ferrari, Räikkönen: “We have started pretty okay”
1 febbraio 2014 – Rewind back to January 2007: Kimi Raikkonen’s first ever pre-season test in Ferrari-red overalls was taking place. It was also in Spain and he went on to win the world championship. Seven years later he has not only chosen to race with the same number, but he is back testing with the Italian team, once again in Spain.
Kimi’s start to the season at Ferrari today was a totally different story to back in 2007, however, a story of new challenges, a new car, a new engine… and patience. A lot of it. “We’ve been working very hard to get the car ready; we expect to learn many things,” he said with typical understatement. As is his wont, Kimi ambled from the team motorhome across into the garage with sunglasses firmly fixed in place, even though the sun still hadn’t broken through the early morning clouds.
He looked calm, he looked untroubled, he looked… well, he looked Kimi. Another day at another office, same Raikkonen. After a slow start to the morning, Kimi finally drove out of the garage at 09:40, with the Ferrari V6 engine breaking the silence. Pit-limiter off, up the hill to Turn 1, and rosso corsa Kimi was back. Unfortunately, his installation lap didn’t last long. Just as he was getting to the back straight, he was stopped by his engineers – just a precaution. Funnily enough, it was just before the back straight at Turn 5, which is named after double 250cc Motorcycle World Champion Sito Pons… Stating his intentions, perhaps?
To give an idea of what Kimi’s F14 T sounds like, when his car came to a halt on track, the sound of an engine revving could still be plainly heard. Two bright red Ferrari road cars roared past near the stricken F14 T, making such a similar sound that it was easily confused with the Finn’s engine.
It made those who heard it smile when they realised the similarity. “For sure we want to complete more laps”, Kimi shrugged afterwards. “But its pretty normal that things don’t work when there are so many changes.” You could tell he wanted more, much more.
He didn’t take his helmet off when he was dropped off back in the garage, but his eyes said it all: determination to get back in the car again as soon as possible, despite it being a two-hour wait before he was finally in the cockpit again. After another patient wait, in the afternoon Kimi seemed to be getting to grips with the car and going out for longer stints than just the one installation lap. Even though he was still way off last year’s fastest lap here in Jerez (a 1:18.148 set by himself), his times were improving rapidly and he appeared to be gaining in confidence. He finally eased past Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time and topped the time sheet with a 1:27.104. More importantly on this first day he also completed more laps than anyone (31). “Lap times don’t mean anything right now, we just want to run as much as we can,” he said. “It will take a little bit of time before we can run at 100 per cent all the time and not have issues, but we have started pretty okay.” (JA.F1)
Kimi: “Due giorni positivi”
Circuito: Circuito de Jerez – 4,428 km
Pilota: Kimi Raikkonen
Vettura: Ferrari F14 T
Meteo: temperatura aria 9/14°C, temperatura asfalto 10/15 °C. Pioggia leggera al mattino, sole e nuvoloso al pomeriggio.
Giri/Km percorsi: 47/208
Miglior tempo: 1:24.812
Seconda giornata di prove a Jerez de la Frontera per Kimi Raikkonen alla guida della F14 T. A causa delle condizioni meteorologiche, la mattina è iniziata con le prove richieste dalla Pirelli per lo sviluppo degli pneumatici da bagnato. La Scuderia è riuscita a saggiare rapidamente le gomme intermedie sfruttando cosi il tempo rimanente e il progressivo miglioramento della pista per iniziare a lavorare sui parametri della vettura in previsione del programma pomeridiano. A fine giornata Raikkonen è riuscito a completare un totale di 47 giri, il migliore in 1:24.812, continuando il lavoro di controllo delle funzionalità della vettura ed effettuando alcune regolazione dell’assetto.“Ogni volta che scendiamo in pista impariamo nuove cose” – ha detto Kimi a http://www.ferrari.com – “Questa settimana non contano i tempi ma solamente riuscire a fare un buon numero di giri senza avere problemi e fortunatamente ci siamo riusciti in entrambi i giorni. La squadra lavora duramente e in Bahrain al prossimo test continueremo a migliorarci.”Le prove su questo circuito proseguiranno anche domani, con il debutto stagionale di Fernando Alonso.
Allison su Kimi: “Molto forte, incredibilmente preciso”
Jerez de la Frontera, 29 gennaio – Un buon inizio. Sono sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda Kimi Raikkonen e James Allison alla fine della seconda delle quattro giornate di prove in programma sul circuito di Jerez, in Andalusia.“Abbiamo gettato delle buone basi di partenza per continuare lo sviluppo della F14 T” – ha detto il Direttore Tecnico della Scuderia a http://www.ferrari.com – “Stiamo lavorando principalmente sull’affidabilità della vettura e, fino ad ora, possiamo dire di essere abbastanza soddisfatti perché, pur trattandosi di un progetto pressoché totalmente nuovo, non abbiamo avuto nessun problema rilevante. Siamo inoltre contenti dei parametri riscontrati sia per quanto riguarda il raffreddamento che per ciò che concerne il carico aerodinamico: entrambi corrispondono alle nostre aspettative”.Richiesto di un parere sul secondo debutto di Kimi in rosso, Allison si è così espresso: “E’ sempre il solito fortissimo pilota, caratterizzato dalla sua tipica flemma” – sorride – “E’ difficile che si entusiasmi eccessivamente per qualcosa ma dà i riscontri giusti ai tecnici per proseguire nel lavoro. Magari non parlerà troppo ma è incredibilmente accurato quando si tratta di spiegare dove bisogna intervenire per far andare più veloce la vettura”.Allison ammette di non aver minimamente guardato che cosa stanno facendo le altre squadre quindi non è in grado di dare alcun giudizio sulla competitività della F14 T: “C’è troppo lavoro da fare per pensare agli altri. Bisogna stare attenti ad ogni dettaglio perché basta un nulla per farti rimanere a piedi. Da qui a Melbourne dovremo sistemare ogni particolare per poter essere pronti alla prima gara”.
L’analisi: la Ferrari funziona più della Red Bull
Vettel alla Ferrari. No, il mercato per adesso non si muove, ma Sebastian sì. Visibilmente seccato, dopo il guasto al recupero di energia che ha mandato in fumo pezzi di carrozzeria e programma di test, il campione del mondo è andato a mangiare alla Rossa. Con Pedro de la Rosa e Charlie Whiting, delegato Fia.
E mentre lui si sfogava sulla pasta, la Ferrari macinava chilometri. 47 giri, cinquanta in meno della “maratona” di Rosberg, ma sufficienti a dare il sorriso al dt James Allison: «Siamo ragionevolmente contenti, non c’è nessun guasto “killer” che non sia stato preso in considerazione. In questi primi due giorni conta solo girare, per programmare la vettura con i miliardi di numeri che servono a farla funzionare. Ci sono cose in apparenza semplici, ma indispensabili per questa vettura, come il raffreddamento di tutti i vari fluidi».
La F14 T soddisfa Allison anche come estetica: «Ha linee pulite ed è compatta, ma aggressiva. Frutto di un lavoro di due anni sull’installazione delle varie componenti».
Kimi Raikkonen è a posto così: «In questi giorni lavorano più gli ingegneri che i piloti. Ma a ogni uscita impariamo qualcosa e l’importante adesso è fare strada».
In pista, la Ferrari è la più silenziosa, quasi “elettrica”, e Kimi mette in mostra un grande controllo, quasi da rallysta, in un momento in cui tutti faticano a stare in pista per la riduzione del 20 per cento della deportanza. Riduzione che la McLaren risolve a suo modo, con la “butterfly” suspension, la sospensione coi triangoli sdoppiati e carenati (nell’immagine sotto) in modo da formare un vero profilo alare. «L’ho solo vista in foto, non voglio giudicare», commenta Allison.
Jerez F1 test: Jenson Button and McLaren fastest, Renault in trouble
Jenson Button’s McLaren topped the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, as the Mercedes-engined teams demonstrated an early advantage in 2014.
Button topped the official wet-weather running in the morning, despite the MP4-29 not having appeared at all on day one in Spain.
The track dried after midday and drivers switched to slick rubber.
Button then swapped fastest laps with the Force India of former team-mate Sergio Perez.
The McLaren was on top when Perez stopped at Turn 1 and brought out the day’s second red flag, the first one having occurred when Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez spun into the gravel at Turn 5.
After the smoking Force India had been removed, Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, day one pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas all usurped Button’s times.
Each had their time on top of the timesheets, but after a third red flag in the penultimate hour – caused by Marcus Ericsson’s Caterham stopping – Button recorded a 1m24.165s on Pirelli’s medium tyre.
Raikkonen ended up second with a 1m24.812s, while Bottas achieved a 1m25.344s on the special Jerez hard rubber to be third fastest with the FW36.
Perhaps more eye-catching, though, was Rosberg’s day. Although he ended up only fourth, with a 1m25.588s on the normal Pirelli hard, the Mercedes driver was the only man to complete long runs, twice making it into double figures between pit visits.
He was able to lap consistently in the 1m27s and 1m28s on his final long run, which lasted for 24 laps.
His ultimate tally of 97 laps compared favourably with pacesetter Button’s 43 and Mercedes ended the day by using flow visualisation paint on the rear of the W05.
Perez ended up fifth, well clear of Gutierrez, who never bettered 1m33s despite completing over 50 laps.
The Renault-engined teams struggled with a suspected energy store issue. Caterham’s Ericsson managed the most laps with 11, but his best was nearly 14 seconds slower than Button.
Red Bull gave up running altogether after Sebastian Vettel had managed a handful of laps early on, while Toro Rosso failed to make it out at all.
The only other team scheduled to run at Jerez, Marussia, did take delivery of its car at the end of the afternoon and hopes to run on day three.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m24.165s 43 2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +0.647s 47 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +1.179s 35 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +1.423s 97 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +4.211s 37 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.105s 53 7. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.975s +13.810s 11 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.320s +14.155s 8
Raikkonen: lack of running was expected on first day of F1 test
Kimi Raikkonen says he is not surprised at the high attrition rate that blighted the first Formula 1 pre-season test day.
The Finn managed to top the timesheets after completing 31 laps in his new Ferrari, on a day when many of his potential title rivals hit trouble.
McLaren failed to run at all, Red Bull only managed three laps at the end of the day and Mercedes had to cut short its running after Lewis Hamilton crashed.
But rather than view the difficult first day of the new turbo cars as something to be worried about, Raikkonen thinks it was to be expected.
"For sure everybody wants to see more laps and we want to do more laps, but it is pretty normal with such a big change," said Raikkonen.
"It will take a little bit of time before we can run 100 per cent all the time and not have issues.
"I think we have started pretty OK."
Raikkonen reckons his day had been more normal than it appeared from the outside, and did not think the new cars were particularly different to drive compared to last year’s V8-powered machines.
"I think the biggest challenge is getting all the new stuff working as we want, and working together," he explained.
"It is much trickier than what we are used to, but from the driving side I don’t think it is an awful lot different.
"It is just the first day with all new stuff so it takes time to get things up to speed. One day to go, a lot of work to do, we know that.
"But we expected these first test days to learn things, so I really don’t feel like it is such a big difference to this year or any previous one."
Jerez Test Session – 28 January 2014
Circuit: Jerez circuit– 4.428 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 7/15°C, track temperature 8/19 °C. Sunny in the
morning, cloudy in the afternoon with some light rain.
Laps/Kms. completed: 32/141
Best time: 1:27.104
It was a double debut today at Jerez de la Frontera, as pre-season testing got underway.
The F14 T took its first steps and Kimi Raikkonen was back at the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car, after an absence of over four years.
The day’s technical programme was only interrupted once, right at the beginning, when the driver was asked to stop the car at the side of the track as a precautionary measure. Over the course of the day, work centred exclusively on checking the functionality of the F14 T’s on-board systems and some aerodynamic mapping.
By the end of what was a good day’s testing, Raikkonen had completed 32 laps, thenquickest in a time of 1.27.104.
“We had a lot of new things to learn today” – said Kimi to http://www.ferrari.com – “Even if we would have liked to do more laps, I think that for a first day it was alright. Towards then end, when the track was damp, we chose not to take any risks. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us, but all in all, we are pleased with our first day.”
Testing continues here tomorrow, again with Kimi Raikkonen on track.
Jerez F1 test: Raikkonen quickest for Ferrari on first day of 2014
Kimi Raikkonen went fastest on the first day of his Ferrari return as only six drivers set times on a stunted opening to Formula 1 2014 pre-season testing.
The Finn leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes one hour from the day’s end, with the Briton’s session ending prematurely after a front wing failure sent him crashing into the Turn 1 barriers.
Hamilton had previously been the first man to venture out on track and the first man to set a competitive time, and was more than five seconds clear at the head of the timesheets when he suffered the accident.
He was unable to return, but remained upbeat about the team’s day one showing.
In contrast, Red Bull’s reigning champion Sebastian Vettel managed just three installation laps in the final minutes of the day, while McLaren failed to get out at all.
At the time of Hamilton’s crash, which came at midday, Jean-Eric Vergne had been Hamilton’s closest challenger in terms of both lap count and time, even if his deficit was sizeable.
His day was also curtailed early however when the Toro Rosso developed problems heading into the final two hours.
In their absence, Raikkonen rose to the fore, clocking 31 laps and setting the fastest time, a 1m27.104s.
The Finn’s day had started auspiciously when his F14 T stopped just five corners into its maiden installation lap at Jerez, a halt the team described as precautionary.
He was not alone in hitting trouble: as well as Hamilton and Vergne’s issues, Sergio Perez brought about a fourth red flag when he too stopped on the first lap with new team Force India.
The Mexican eventually clocked 10 timed laps, setting his best – a 1m33.161s – as the chequered flag fell.
That put him fourth overall, six seconds off Raikkonen’s benchmark and four off Valtteri Bottas, who ended the day third for Williams.
The team was only able to get its car out in the final part of the day due to electrical gremlins and an engine sensor issue, but managed seven timed laps.
That left Vergne down in fifth, but still comfortably ahead of the Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez, the day’s final classified runner.
As well as Vettel, Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson also got out but failed to set a time.
The Swede managed just one exploratory lap in the CT05, which was unveiled late in the afternoon.
McLaren was not able to join the fray, suffering with electronic/hydraulic issues, while Marussia is not expected to run until Thursday at the earliest, having elected to keep its car in the UK to deal with a late technical glitch.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m27.104s 31 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m27.820s +0.716s 18 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m30.082s +2.978s 7 4. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m33.161s +6.057s 11 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.530s +9.426s 15 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.257s +15.153s 7 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time 3 8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault No time 1
Da Autosprint n.6 del 12/02/2013
Jerez F1 testing: Raikkonen puts Lotus on top on final day
Kimi Raikkonen topped the final day of Formula 1’s first pre-season test of 2013 at Jerez.
The Finn set the best time of the day on a short run with the soft tyre during the afternoon running, which was extended by 30 minutes to make up for a delay caused by track repairs around lunchtime.
Raikkonen had attacked the run from the moment he left the pits, choosing to force a way past the Caterham of Charles Pic on his out lap rather than back off to get clear track.
After the short, but clearly committed run, the 2007 world champion switched back to longer runs.
Raikkonen’s lap was just enough to prevent Force India hopeful Jules Bianchi from leading the way as he bids to earn a promotion to a race seat with the Silverstone-based team.
Bianchi’s lap, which came just after the track re-opened following the long stoppage in the middle of the day, also came on soft tyres.
The Ferrari junior had no chance to respond to Raikkonen’s lap, as he handed the Force India back to lead driver Paul di Resta for the final two hours.
World champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest for Red Bull on a day where he focused on long runs with the medium and hard tyres.
Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez managed to go fourth with a short run, but he spent most of his afternoon getting used to how the Pirelli tyres behave on longer stints.
A series of short runs on the soft tyre helped Jean-Eric Vergne move up to fifth late in the day, moving him ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
The Briton had a much better second day with his new team, making up for his lack of running on Wednesday due to a crash by logging the most laps of anyone.
New Ferrari development driver Pedro de la Rosa got back out in the afternoon after a gearbox problem stopped the F138 in the morning. The Spaniard completed 50 laps.
TODAY'S TIMES Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m18.148s 83 2. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m18.175s + 0.027 56 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m18.565s + 0.417 96 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m18.669s + 0.521 142 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m18.760s + 0.612 92 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.905s + 0.757 145 7. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m18.944s + 0.796 98 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m19.851s + 1.703 92 9. Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari 1m20.316s + 2.168 51 10. Charles Pic Caterham 1m21.105s + 2.957 109 11. Luiz Razia Marussia 1m21.226s + 3.078 82 12. Paul di Resta Force India 1m23.435s + 5.287 49
Jerez F1 testing: Raikkonen says feeling with car improving
Kimi Raikkonen says his feeling and comfort in Lotus’s E21 improved during a day in which he also topped the timesheets for the Enstone-based squad.
The Finn was fourth fastest but managed just 40 laps – less than a third of Nico Rosberg’s total – on his first day due as he made changes to his seating position.
Last year he suffered power steering problems which Lotus was unable to perfectly resolve over the season.
Raikkonen said various changes made to his seating position over the first two days of 2013 testing had already proved beneficial.
"Yesterday was OK, we did more or less what we planned and we tried different things with the seat and the driving position," he said.
"Today we improved the situation, the car feels good.
"We are pretty happy with how the handling is and how things are running.
"For sure there are things we have to improve but that is normal. It is only the first test."
Asked whether he attached any importance to going fastest on day four, Raikkonen said understanding the E21 and his own feeling in it were more paramount.
"For us it is more important to have a good feeling and know what we have done and learn from those," he explained.
"its early days but it’s a good car and I think we have a good baseline like last year to work on.
"It’s difficult to compare [to last year’s car] as it is a different place and different tyres, but we are pretty happy with how the handling is and how things are running."
Jerez Test, Day 4 – Kimi Räikkönen Pleased with Early Progress
Are you happy with your new toy for the season?
The car seems pretty good. We’ve made a lot of set-up changes and worked through a lot of things in Jerez but it all seems positive. My first feeling of the car is good, so that’s the main thing. For sure, there are some areas we have to work on, but I’m happy so far.
You were fastest on the final day in Jerez…
We were at the top of the timing monitors, but that means nothing in testing. Our focus has been testing parts on the car, but I’ve also been able to get the set-up more to my liking. For sure, there’s more work to be done in this area, but that’s what we go testing for. The car feels strong and we seem to have a good idea of where we’re going with improvements. Let’s see what happens in Barcelona.
Any particular areas where you’ve wanted improvement?
Just the pretty normal areas for a new car. We’ve worked on the seating position and the seat belts so I feel comfortable in the car when it’s going, then we’ve been working on the set-up and balance so I can push harder. This has all been done whilst we’ve been looking at new parts on the car, but progress has been okay.
Have there been any reliability concerns?
We had some small issues over the last two days, but that’s what you expect in testing and it’s better to have the issues now rather than when you get to the Grands Prix. We’ve just done two days of testing so far and there’s plenty of work still to do before we head to Melbourne.
What’s your feeling heading into the 2013 season?
I’m pretty positive. I raced all of last year so it should be even better this season. I know the team and they know me so we can work together well. I know we had a good car last year and we won a race. I know that the E21 feels pretty good from what I’ve seen so far and we’ve got lots of things to come on the car for the next test. We want to do better than we did last year, that’s the aim. If we can achieve that, I don’t know, but we’re certainly going to be trying hard.
Jerez F1 testing: Felipe Massa stays ahead on day three
Felipe Massa’s morning benchmark was enough to ensure Ferrari ended on top on a day when reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel got his first taste of Red Bull’s RB9.
The Brazilian set the fastest time seen so far this week at Jerez when he broke the 1m18s barrier during a short run on soft tyres.
His 1m17.879s wasn’t threatened in the afternoon, with only Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes W04 able to get within one second of the time.
Three different cars – McLaren, Lotus and now Ferrari – have topped the opening three days.
Rosberg provided a welcome relief to the setbacks Mercedes had suffered on days one and two by racking up 148 laps, comfortably the most of any driver.
The German had been forced to cut short his day one programme due to electrical issues, while a rear-brake issue caused Hamilton’s debut test for Mercedes to end early and in the barriers.
Vettel also broke into triple figures in the lap count, while an afternoon improvement was enough to send him into third overall.
Kimi Raikkonen, like Vettel getting his first taste of his team’s 2013 car, improved in the afternoon session and finished just over one tenth of a second down on the triple world champion.
On his first day in the Toro Rosso STR8, Jean-Eric Vergne finished fifth, just ahead of Force India’s simulator driver James Rossiter.
Rossiter managed 42 laps in the morning before handing over to Paul di Resta, whose programme was then derailed after just seven laps due to an exhaust issue.
Jenson Button, who brought about a premature end to the day when he stopped out on track between Turns 7 and 8, was seventh ahead of Sauber’s new signing and F1 rookie Esteban Gutierrez.
The Mexican was the day’s second busiest driver with 110 laps.
Several late improvements helped carry Max Chilton into ninth, above Williams’s new signing Valtteri Bottas and Caterham’s Charles Pic.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m17.879s 85
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.766s +0.887 148
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m19.052s +1.173 102
4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m19.200s +1.321 40
5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m19.247s +1.368 85
6. James Rossiter Force India 1m19.303s +1.424 42
7. Jenson Button McLaren 1m19.603s +1.724 83
8. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m19.934s +2.055 110
9. Max Chilton Marussia 1m21.269s +3.390 78
10. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m21.575s +3.696 86
11. Charles Pic Caterham 1m22.352s +4.473 57
12. Paul di Resta Force India 1m23.729s +5.850 7
Jerez F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen encouraged by Lotus’s early pace
Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus is already in better shape than it was last year after completing his first day of running in the new E21.
The Finn was only able to complete 40 laps at Jerez on Thursday, after problems with his seating position and other minor electronic niggles restricted his time in the car.
Yet he said he had seen enough to be convinced about the step forward his team had taken.
"It feels better than last year at this time," said Raikkonen, when asked by AUTOSPORT for his general feelings on the new Lotus.
"I think we have a good car, but how good it is this year we will only see it during the races and during the season. But it is not a bad start."
Team-mate Romain Grosjean had been positive about the good feeling from the car in all areas, but Raikkonen felt that he had not yet explored its full potential.
"The changes are not massive but it feels better," he said. "We are missing some parts but there is no bad point on it. It is a normal first day.
"We did one change and used only the hard tyres.
"We still don’t have all the parts that we will run in the races and we had last year, so it only can get better. It is not too bad."
Raikkonen says work undertaken on his seat position over Thursday, which included revising the location of his seatbelts, had improved matters considerably, and should allow him to get on with a full programme on the final day.
"We did some work on the seat, like is normal for the first test," he said.
"You make the seat at the factory and then it feels OK, but you can only tell when you drive. It is OK now for tomorrow and we can start the day properly."
Jerez Formula 1 test: Kimi Raikkonen calm about Lotus gains
Kimi Raikkonen says there are no guarantees that Lotus will do better than last year in 2013, despite the Finn feeling the new E21 is a step forward.
Raikkonen returned to Formula 1 last year after a two-year absence, and was one of the stars of the season, taking one win and finishing in third place in the standings.
The Lotus driver got behind the wheel of the new car for the first time on Thursday and he felt the car was stronger than last year’s machine.
The former world champion admitted, however, that it was no guarantee of a stronger season.
"We try to do better and hopefully we manage to do it. Everybody is aiming to do better they did the previous years," said Raikkonen.
"Even if you win the championship you try and improve things and I cannot promise that we will manage to do that, but hopefully that is our aim and hopefully we can do that."
Raikkonen did concede he feels more comfortable at Lotus now that he is starting his second season with the team.
"It is more easy because I know the team, and I know the people, and they know me. But it doesn’t mean we will suddenly be better and do better," he said.
"There are an awful lot of things that can work in your favour or go against you.
"In theory it should be more easy. But I don’t count on it that we are suddenly going to start to turn it around and start to be something different to how we finished last year.
"Time will tell. It is definitely more easy to come here and be here than it was a year ago because I know the team."
Quale sarà la notizia più importante della Lotus nei test della scorsa settimana per Autosprint?
Michael Schumacher quickest on day two at Jerez with 2011 Mercedes F1 car
Michael Schumacher set the pace on the second day’s testing at Jerez as Mark Webber led the way for Red Bull in F1’s 2012-spec cars.
Schumacher, driving last year’s Mercedes W02 in full trim so that the team could gain as much information about Pirelli’s 2012 tyres from a stable platform, set a 1m18.561s lap during the morning that no one came close to beating for the rest of the day.
Webber’s time also came in the morning as much of the paddock chose to focus on longer runs in the afternoon.
The Australian’s 1m19.184s would remain the fastest time anyone has set in one of the new cars brought to Spain this week.
Daniel Ricciardo impressed in the Toro Rosso, going third fastest in the STR7, having completed 100 laps of fairly trouble-free running. He set his best time around the same period as his compatriot when the track conditions appeared to be at their best.
Jules Bianchi began his Force India career with a fine fourth fastest in the VJM05 before handing over to Paul di Resta for the afternoon and the Scot would complete 69 laps in that time to set the sixth fastest lap behind yesterday’s fastest man Kimi Raikkonen.
The Finn had a couple of offs today in the Lotus. The first came early in the morning when he ran wide at Dry Sack and required a new plank. He then had another excursion very late in the day as he found the limits of this generation of cars.
He still managed 117 laps, and also got to try out a different steering rack after he found yesterday’s one not to his liking.
Ferrari was again far from the top of the timesheet, and late in the day was employing flow-vis to study the effects of aero over Fellipe Massa’s rear wing. The Brazilian’s time of 1m20.454s was 1.893s off the top time.
Jenson Button was eighth quickest in the McLaren, and like Ferrari, was not seeking any headline performance as it worked on improving the MP4-27.
Sauber’s Sergio Perez was tenth in the Sauber ahead of Pastor Maldonado, who spent the day working on reliability with the Williams FW34.
Heikki Kovalainen was slowest of the drivers equipped with 2012 machinery but completed a whopping 139 laps for Caterham as he gathered plenty of information.
Pedro de la Rosa completed HRT’s running by setting a 1m22.128s, just 0.618s off the pace of Kovalainen.
Today's times Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m18.561s 132
2. Mark Webber Red Bull 1m19.184s + 0.623 97
3. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1m19.587s + 1.026 100
4. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m20.221s + 1.660 46
5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m20.239s + 1.678 117
6. Paul di Resta Force India 1m20.272s + 1.711 69
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m20.454s + 1.893 95
8. Jenson Button McLaren 1m20.688s + 2.127 85
9. Sergio Perez Sauber 1m20.711s + 2.150 68
10. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m21.197s + 2.636 97
11. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham 1m21.518s + 2.957 139
12. Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1m22.128s + 3.567 64
Kimi Raikkonen pleased with early findings after first comeback test
Kimi Raikkonen says he has the answers he was looking for from his first experience of the new Lotus E20 after completing 180 laps during two days’ testing at Jerez.
The Finn did not match his pace from the opening day of the test, where he hit the headlines by going quickest of all. But Raikkonen declared himself satisfied by what he learned from the car and Pirelli’s tyres.
He now hands over to team-mate Romain Grosjean for the final two days of the test.
"I think the main thing was to get a lot of mileage right now," said the 2007 world champion when asked by AUTOSPORT for his summary of the test. "The car feels pretty OK straightaway, and I think we improved it today, but today the conditions were a bit more tricky than yesterday.
"I’m happy with what we did over the two days."
Raikkonen added that the starting point for the E20 appeared to be positive when he could get the Pirelli tyres in a good operating window, as he continued his education process with the Italian rubber.
"Some compounds worked better than others," he said. "When they are new they are always good but once they get used… and it was quite cold so some of them were slightly better than others.
"But when they worked the car feels quite good so… I have no idea what the others are doing but I was quite happy about how things went."
"If the conditions are good for that compound and they get heat in them it seems to be fine but then some of them don’t like it when it’s cold and the tyre just doesn’t work," he continued. "But when they work normally it’s not too bad, at least here, but it can be a really different story in Barcelona."
Raikkonen had a couple of off-track moments during his second day in the car and was delayed in the morning when he ran over a kerb and damaged the plank under the chassis – which then needed to be replaced.
"I ran wide under braking for Turn 6, and just driving back in the gravel the edge of the kerb on the circuit was very high and it hit the front of the floor and we damaged that," he explained. "So it took a while to fix it. Unfortunate."
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Kimi Raikkonen says Jerez laptimes are less important than his initial feelings in the Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen says that topping the first day of pre-season testing means less to him than the ‘positive’ first sensations he received from the new Lotus E20 and Pirelli’s soft and medium tyre compounds that he tried for the first time at Jerez.
The 2007 world champion played down his headline-grabbing fastest time at the Spanish circuit after ending up 0.1s faster than Paul di Resta’s Force India, having completed 73 laps on a relatively trouble-free day.
"It makes no difference," he said when asked how it felt to be quickest on his return to contemporary F1 action. "I mean it’s the first day, and it would make a difference if it were a race weekend, but here it means nothing."
But the Finn said that the information he gained using 2012-spec equipment and proper race tyres – as opposed to the demo rubber he had used prior to Tuesday’s official running – was hugely valuable as he continued to reacclimatise to the sport.
"The feeling is pretty OK with the car and for sure I’ve had much worse first days and worse feelings with new cars," he added. "I was quite happy with it."
"The feeling was pretty good with the car. The first feeling is handling quite nicely so… just going with that feeling I’m quite happy, but there are areas that we can improve and that we have to improve. I’m positive about it."
Raikkonen completed 60 laps before the team broke for lunch, and during that morning he completed four stints culminating in a 1m19.670s lap – faster than Rubens Barrichello’s best overall time of 2011.
And while Lotus’s afternoon was interrupted by the need to change a KERS battery, Raikkonen said he was pleased with the ground he had covered on the first day.
"I did exactly what the team were planning, or not exactly because we missed a few laps when we had a small issue," he said. "We tried different things, we did a few checks.
"But we did also quite a lot of the normal things you have to do on a first day yesterday, so that was a help to get rid of those. But it was a pretty normal first day."
Raikkonen added that he had been pleased with how the tyres had felt: "They are what they are and you try to get the best out of them.
"When they are new they seem to be pretty nice tyres. Of course they probably go away more than in the past, but it’s the same for everybody and in a long run you try to save them as much as you can and get the best out of it."
Räikkönen: “Il DRS è ridicolo”
Kimi Raikkonen ha dichiarato di non essere un fan del DRS (Drag Reduction System), l’ala mobile posteriore ideata dalla FIA per aumentare le chances di sorpasso in Formula 1.
“Il modo in cui lavora il DRS per me è un po’ ridicolo” ha ammesso il finlandese ad Auto Motor und Sport. “Superare non è più un’arte ormai. Devi solo alzare l’ala e passare facilmente. Chi sta davanti non può fare nulla. Ma sono d’accordo sul fatto che abbia migliorato lo spettacolo”.
I suoi recenti trascorsi in Nascar gli hanno fatto tornare la voglia dei corpo a corpo in gara: “Ho realizzato quanto mi mancassero” ha dichiarato. “Ciò non significa che sono stufo dei rally; mi piacciono entrambi ma non è possibile. Se vuoi correre devi fare una scelta, e la F1 ha avuto la meglio”.
Raikkonen ieri ha ottenuto il miglior tempo nella prima giornata di test a Jerez: “Per me è più facile abituarmi alle gomme Pirelli rispetto agli altri un anno fa. Per me è stato come un nuovo inizio”.
Nessun problema per la messa al bando dei rifornimenti di un anno: “Non è un grosso problema, i pitstop sono un po’ più brevi. Guidare la vettura più pesante non è un grande cambiamento, è ancora lo stesso sport. Ci sono solo più bottoni da premere sul volante”.
Kimi è già in fuga (ma non vale)
Datemi i sali.
E anche i tabacchi, già che ci siamo.
Ma cominciamo con le cose serie.
A Jerez la Ferrari ha montato addirittura un periscopio in zona presa d’aria sopra il motore, ergo il nono tempo di Massa è scarsamente indicativo. Già più significativo il fatto che la F2012 abbia percorso all’incirca una settantina di tornate, senza lamenture rotture/fratture/distorsioni.
A Jerez la Red Bull, con il Canguro, ha girato meno dei concorrenti più rinomati, perchè causa nebbia londinese (a chi la neve, a chi la nebbia) taluni pezzi del nuovo missile confezionato da Newey sono arrivati in ritardo. E’ comunque significativo che, con meno chilometri a disposizione, Webber sia stato più veloce di alcuni temutissimi rivali.
A Jerez la McLaren, affidata al Michibata Toy Boy, ha grosso modo seguito le orme della Rossa, pur essendo più rapida. Anche Button, come Nassa, ha privilegiato gomme dure e serbatoi pieni, in una logica perfettamente comprensibile. Dopo tutto, in palio in Andalusia non c’è niente, se non qualche titolo sui siti web o sui giornali.
Sulla Mercedes non mi esprimo, avendo i nuovi alfieri dell’ingegner Costa utilizzato la monoposto antica, una sorta di reliquia scampata alla distruzione ordinata dall’iracondo cloggaro Otelma.
Dunque, cosa manca?
L’ultimo pilota capace di vincere a Spa con la Ferrari!
Ridatemi i sali.
E magari anche i tabacchi.
Il primo posto di Kimi Raikkonen possiamo interpretarlo così.
A) Il gol dell’ex.
B) Ma in una amichevole a porte chiuse, in una sfida scapoli-ammogliati
C) Comunque non è vero che il Santo Bevitore ha sparato il tempone con gomme morbide. Aveva le medium.
D) Sappiamo tutti che in F1 se non hai la macchina puoi anche essere Schumi e non tocchi palla. Era vero prima del test di Jerez, rimane vero ora.
E) L’unica cosa seria che mi sento di affermare, allora, è che il Biondino non ha disimparato a guidare, in due anni e passa di stop. Personalmente non avevo dubbi, ma a volte certe sottolineature fanno piacere.
G) Infine, ricordatevi chi ottenne the best time a Jerez un anno.
F) Rubens Barrichello, con la Williams. E non sto scherzando.
H) Dunque, ridatemi i sali. E pure i tabacchi.
[…] E’ invece in perfetto stile "Iceman", il commento di Raikkonen in merito all’ottima prestazione odierna.
Infatti alla domanda: in Italia molti stanno brindando per questo tuo rientro con il botto. Perchè secondo te hai ancora così tanti tifosi in Italia?
Il finlandese ha risposto: "Dovresti chiedere a loro. Credo comunque per il fatto di aver vinto il mondiale con una squadra italiana, questo probabilmente aiuta. Ma ho tifosi in ogni parte del mondo e li ho sempre avuti anche prima di vincere il titolo. Quindi, non fa molta differenza". Bentornato Kimi.
Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest for Lotus in first F1 test of 2012
Kimi Raikkonen got his 2012 Formula 1 comeback off to a perfect start by topping the opening day of pre-season testing at Jerez.
The 2007 world champion went fastest straight out the blocks and was never displaced, as four fast stints in the morning allowed him to get down to 1m19.670s – faster than any testing laps at the Spanish track throughout 2011.
It was also faster than anyone else would manage all day, particularly with the afternoon proving slower than the morning.
Force India’s Paul di Resta came closest to displacing Raikkonen at the top of the timesheets, missing out by just over a tenth of a second. A successful day was boosted by the fact that the British driver was able to complete over 100 laps.
Nico Rosberg, in charge of the 2011-spec Mercedes W02 in the morning, finished third fastest, narrowly ahead of Mark Webber in the new Red Bull RB8.
After a delayed start – the result of fog preventing rear wing components from arriving on time – the Australian was able to get within a second of Raikkonen in the afternoon.
Immediately after setting his best time Webber also blitzed the sector one speed trap, topping 300km/h for the first time – suggesting both he and the car have time in hand.
Daniel Ricciardo ended the day in fifth for Toro Rosso, although his session was cut short by a loss of oil pressure that brought about the first of the day’s two red flags.
The second came with less than an hour of the session to run when Kamui Kobayashi pulled over on the back straight, having run out of fuel in his Sauber.
Unlike Ricciardo, the Japanese driver was able to rejoin shortly after, but could not improve his time and ended the day in seventh, behind Michael Schumacher – who replaced Rosberg at Mercedes for the afternoon.
Jenson Button and Felipe Massa ended the day eighth and ninth respectively for McLaren and Ferrari – Button 1.8s down on Raikkonen and Massa more than 3s off, having run with a periscope gauge attached to his roll bar for the entire day.
After a promising start, Heikki Kovalainen’s day was cut short when his Caterham’s starter shaft broke, and he finished the day in 10th. Only Williams driver Pastor Maldonado completed fewer laps – 25 to Kovalainen’s 28 – but the Venezuelan was nevertheless able to secure 11th ahead of Pedro de la Rosa’s 2011-spec HRT.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m19.670s 73 2. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m19.772s + 0.102 101 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m20.219s + 0.549 56 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m20.496s + 0.826 53 5. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m20.694s + 1.024 57 6. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m20.794s + 1.124 41 7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.353s + 1.683 106 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m21.530s + 1.860 60 9. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.815s + 3.145 69 10. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m23.178s + 3.508 28 11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m23.371s + 3.701 25 11. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m23.676s + 4.006 44
James Allison: “Overall it’s been a positive morning”
We will start to know where we stand as things unfold over the coming days and weeks, but it’s still very early doors and the real picture will only come together when we get to Melbourne for the first race.
James, you join us halfway through the first day of running with the E20 here in Jerez – what are your first impressions of the new car thus far?
We’ve had a good morning. I was absolutely delighted to see the car pull out of the garage crisply at 9 o’clock, and I must say it looks fantastic. We’ve been lucky enough to have perfect weather for testing. No wind and clear blue skies; it’s ideal.
It’s been a trouble free day so far which is very pleasing. We’ve completed 50 laps and had no difficulties at all. We used this morning to complete a number of runs aimed at ensuring Kimi is comfortable in the car and has the balance to his liking. We’ve run through a series of aerodynamic tests analysing the effects of ride height on downforce levels, and also made changes at the rear of the car which have proved to be quite favourable.
Overall everything has been positive. To have no significant issues in terms of temperatures and main functions of the car allows us to get out there and start working on getting the maximum from it as quickly as possible. This afternoon will be more of the same, but with longer runs.
As things stand currently Kimi sits at the top of the time sheets. How significant are lap times at this early stage?
It’s impossible to say. The teams are doing a whole mixture of different programmes at the moment and we obviously don’t have any clear idea of what the others might be working on currently. We will start to know where we stand as things unfold over the coming days and weeks, but it’s still very early doors and the real picture will only come together when we get to Melbourne for the first race.
The important thing is that we’ve completed the most number of laps so far; while there are obviously no prizes for that, it gives us a strong platform on which to base our development programme.
We’ve noticed Romain and Jérôme up on the pit wall and around the garage with the engineers – they both look really enthusiastic…
They’ve been following every move so far! Romain’s race engineer Ayao Komatsu has also been shadowing Simon Rennie, and will continue to do so through this afternoon and tomorrow to ensure that he’s up to speed with the direction we’re moving with the car ahead of Romain’s first run on Thursday.
By the looks of things I think the main challenge for Romain will be containing his enthusiasm! Having said that he will at least have a car that’s slightly more dialled in by the time he takes the wheel.
The team were full of praise for the way Kimi went about the running in Valencia. Have you been equally impressed with him this morning? What has his feedback been on the E20?
You can tell Kimi is a class act. He gets in the car and is on the pace straight away; there’s no building up to it. His commitment is instant and the lap times show that. His fitness level is also good which has allowed him to be consistent, and he hasn’t had any major ‘moments’ out on track; he seems to have everything very much under control.
So far his feedback on the car has been good. Kimi has been complimentary about the balance of the car, the braking and other features. The steering is slightly heavy for his liking at the moment, but other than that he’s been comfortable.
Kimi Raikkonen backed to lead Lotus F1 comeback
Kimi Raikkonen can lead Lotus back to winning ways, according to team principal Eric Boullier.
Boullier believes that the 2007 world champion’s experience means that he will give the team the clear direction that it needs to deliver on its potential.
"Clearly, he brings a commitment to winning and he knows what he wants," said Boullier. "He is a proper racer and fits in well with a team that is a bunch of proper racers.
"When he is in the car, he knows exactly what he wants and that makes the team’s life easier.
"It means more ambition and more responsibility [for the team] but it is also a different way of working with a world champion. He wants to win again and that’s an ambition that we share."
Boullier also believes that it will be easy for him to get the best out of Raikkonen during 2012 and that the Finn proved how committed he is during two days of running in a 2010 Renault at Valencia last month.
This is despite question marks over the Finn’s motivation to race in F1 after two years in the World Rally Championship.
"How difficult will it be to me?" he said when asked about motivating Raikkonen. "For me, very easy.
"It was an easy discussion [to sign him up] and when he did the couple of days running he showed the team how motivated and professional he is.
"It was a huge boost for the team morale and the team motivation."
Kimi Raikkonen pleased after first run with Lotus’s new F1 car
Kimi Raikkonen said his initial impressions of the new Lotus E20 are good following a rollout with the car at Jerez.
The Finn, whose team unveiled the Renault-powered car yesterday, completed 22 laps of the Spanish circuit, performing system checks at low speed.
Raikkonen will begin testing properly tomorrow, when most F1 teams will begin the preparations for the 2012 season.
Although the former world champion used just first and second gears during the run today, he was pleased with how the car felt.
"It’s great to see the E20 at a race circuit and even better to get behind the wheel," said Raikkonen at the end of the day.
"It’s always frustrating to be in a new car and not be able to drive it at maximum attack, but thankfully I will have that opportunity for the next two days.
"My initial impressions are good, I fit comfortably in the car and it feels great in first and second gear; now let’s see what it can do tomorrow."
Kimi Raikkonen has fewer worries after comeback test at Valencia last month
Kimi Raikkonen says he has fewer concerns about adapting to 2012-spec Formula 1 after two years away from the sport following his two-day test at Valencia a couple of weeks ago.
The 2007 world champion, speaking at the launch of the new Lotus E20 at Jerez, said that while Pirelli’s tyres were always going to provide his steepest learning curve, he felt that his run on the demo rubber in a two-year-old Renault had displaced any worries about getting up to speed quickly.
"The tyres are probably the biggest difference since I left, and that’s what people were saying," said Raikkonen. "But since the test two weeks ago I have less worries about the whole thing than I had before.
"So we will see where we are when the first race comes.
"For me it was nice to get back in the car again. It is very difficult to say how well we went, but I got back all the feeling about driving the car and got used to working with the team. That was really the main goal, to learn.
"It was interesting to drive and get a little bit back that feeling."
Raikkonen, who shook the Renault-powered E20 down during a team filming day at Jerez on Monday, said that in the short period of time that he had been working with Lotus he had been convinced that all the ingredients were in place for the squad to return to a championship-winning level.
"Nobody knows exactly [how long it will take]," he said. "The team has a lot of hunger to do well and to get back their winning ways but it’s not easy. If it was, everybody would do it. But definitely there are people who want to get back there and put in the effort for it.
"They have won it before so they have all the tools to do it. It’s just about getting everything right and being up there all the time so hopefully it can happen soon, but everybody seems hungry to do it."
Raikkonen said that he was not expecting many changes on his return and that many of the faces in the paddock were similar to those he had left behind when he walked away from the sport at the end of 2009.
Responding to a question that suggested he was no longer enjoying the sport when he left, Raikkonen replied: "That was only your opinion, I would have left earlier if I wasn’t having fun.
"I always said that I loved the racing and I have always been very happy to race. There were a lot of stories from all of your [the press] side about my motivation, but I never had any issues with that. This has come from nothing from my mind.
"I don’t think I look at Formula 1 any differently," he said. "It’s a new year and there are some different things from in the last few years, but I know the sport, I know how things work here.
"The racing is going to be a little different but all the other things are more or less the same. OK from team-to-team it changes in things outside of the racing but I feel sure it is going to be similar experience."
Test a Jerez: Heidfeld chiude in testa
Jerez de la Frontera, 5 marzo 2009 – Anche questa quinta e conclusiva giornata di test è stata influenzata da condizioni meteorologiche, caratterizzate da cielo nuvoloso, pioggia a tratti e forti raffiche di vento. Le temperature sono rimaste fra i 15°C e i 20°C per quanto riguarda l’aria e fra i 14 ed i 23°C per l’asfalto. Cinque i team presenti in pista insieme alla Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro – BMW, Toyota, McLaren, Williams e Red Bull. Il più veloce della giornata è stato Nick Heidfeld su BMW, ottenendo un miglior tempo di 1.20.052 (123 giri), seguito da Kimi (1.20.404, 112 giri) e da Hamilton (1.21.272, 58 giri). Oltre a lavorare sull’affidabilità motore e cambio, su gomme e sullo sviluppo di alcune componenti aerodinamiche, sono state effettuate diverse prove di pit-stop con rifornimento. "Oggi abbiamo avuto l’opportunità di confrontare diversi tipi di assetto per le gomme" – ha dichiarato Kimi alla fine della giornata. "Tra le novità provate rispetto alla scorsa stagione sento di aver un buon feeling con le slick. Credo ci sia un livellamento notevole tra i team e questo mi fa pensare che la prossima sarà una stagione particolarmente combattuta." La Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro sarà nuovamente impegnata nei test previsti sul circuito di Barcellona, dal 9 al 12 marzo.
Dalla Gazzetta dello Sport del 06/03/2009:
Ferrari e McLaren protagoniste dell’ultima giornata di prove. Nel pomeriggio, prima Kimi Raikkonen poi Lewis Hamilton sono finiti nella ghiaia. Nessuna conseguenza per i piloti e per la F60 uscita alla curva Angel Nieto, mentre la MP4-24 ha lasciato l’ala posteriore e il diffusore contro le protezioni esterne alla curva 5 che è la più rapida: si percorre a oltre 240 orari. Uscite dovute al forte vento che ha soffiato anche con raffiche fino a 70 orari (in quel momento si era su 40-50): Kimi è andato dritto, Lewis è salito sul cordolo interno e si è girato.
[…] Raikkonen, accompagnato dalla moglie Jenni, aveva iniziato la giornata con una serie di cambi gomme e prove di rifornimento. E dopo aver percorso 30 giri suddivisi in frazioni da 5 l’una, ha puntato alla distanza di un GP ma l’uscita di pista lo ha fermato al 44° passaggio (su 69). Rientrato ai box, ha chiesto un cambio di assetto ma l’incidente di Hamilton ha impedito a Kimi di concludere la simulazione. "Non è stata una giornata perfetta ma ho trovato anche qualcosa di buono. L’aerodinamica va bene – ha spiegato il finlandese – Non siamo messi male. Il Kers? Gli 80 cv si sentono, soprattutto in uscita di curva. Ma resterà difficile superare." […]
Test a Jerez: Alonso al comando
Ferrari: Räikkönen e Massa chiudono i test a Jerez
Circuito: Autodromo di Jerez – 4,428 km
Piloti: Kimi Raikkonen e Felipe Massa
Meteo: temperatura aria 6/14 °C, temperatura asfalto 5/18 °C. Sole.
Terza ed ultima giornata di prove per la Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, impegnata anche oggi sul circuito di Jerez de la Frontera, nel Sud della Spagna.
Anche oggi sono scesi in pista sia Kimi Raikkonen che Felipe Massa, che hanno proseguito il lavoro di ricerca del miglior assetto della F2008 dotata delle gomme slick e di sperimentazione di nuove soluzioni in vista della prossima stagione. Inoltre, Kimi ha continuato la prova di durata del motore 056. Questa la sintesi in cifre della giornata: 82 giri per Kimi (miglior tempo 1.18.782) e 72 per Felipe (1.19.050).
L’ultima sessione di prove del 2008 per la Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro si svolgerà sul nuovo circuito di Portimao, in Algarve (Portogallo), dal 15 al 17 dicembre: il programma dei piloti che saranno impegnati in pista non e’ stato ancora definito nei dettagli.
Test a Jerez: Buemi chiude in testa
Sebastien Buemi ha mantenuto il comando anche nell’ultimo giorno di test a Jerez, precedendo il suo compagno di squadra della Toro Rosso, Takuma Sato. Entrambi, in lizza per un posto da titolare, hanno segnato i migliori tempi in mattinata con le condizioni della pista al meglio. Heikki Kovalainen ha proseguito i test con la McLaren al volante della MP4-23A, concentrandosi sull’aerodinamica e sul set-up, ottenendo il terzo tempo della giornata.
Pedro de la Rosa ha girato con la vettura dotata del KERS oggi ma ha completato solo 47 giri.
Kimi Raikkonen e’ stato il più veloce dei piloti Ferrari segnando il quarto tempo, davanti al suo compagno di squadra Felipe Massa.
Sesto tempo per la Renault di Fernando Alonso che ha proseguito la sua presa di contatto con le gomme Bridgestone slick.
Settimo tempo per Nico Rosberg con l’unica Williams in pista, mentre le BMW Sauber di Robert Kubica e Christian Klien hanno chiuso la giornata a fondo classifica, al lavoro sull’aerodinamica 2009 e sistemi KERS.
Pos Pilota Team Tempo Giri
- Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:17.258 139
- Sato Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:17.520 119
- Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:18.049 96
- Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:18.782 82
- Massa Ferrari (B) 1:19.050 72
- Alonso Renault (B) 1:19.319 124
- Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.388 130
- de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.499 47
- Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.559 134
- Klien BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.738 101
Räikkönen commenta il secondo giorno di test a Jerez
Il secondo giorno di prove di Kimi Raikkonen è stato illuminato dal sole ma il pilota finlandese ha comunque dovuto aspettare la metà della mattinata per poter girare con regolarità con le gomme slick, visto che la pista è rimasta a lungo umida e che c’è stata anche un’interruzione causata da un’uscita di pista della Renault di Alonso.
"Non abbiamo fatto tanti chilometri in questi due giorni perché le condizioni non sono state molto favorevoli" – ha dichiarato Kimi incontrando i giornalisti nella pausa pranzo – "Stiamo provando principalmente a capire come funzionano le gomme slick, oltre ad alcune soluzioni che saranno poi montante sulla macchina del prossimo anno. E’ inutile speculare oggi su quella che sarà la situazione nel futuro: ci sono troppe differenze fra le vetture in pista. Per avere un’idea più precisa dovremo aspettare quando tutti avremo la macchina nuova."
E’ stato chiesto a Kimi un parere sul ritiro della Honda e sull’attuale momento della Formula 1 ma il finlandese non ha voluto sbilanciarsi: "Ovviamente sono rimasto anch’io molto sorpreso dall’annuncio dato dalla Honda la scorsa settimana ma preferisco non fare commenti su quanto sta succedendo."
Ferrari: secondo giorno di test a Jerez
Circuito: Autodromo di Jerez – 4,428 km
Piloti: Kimi Raikkonen e Felipe Massa
Meteo: temperatura aria 7/15 °C, temperatura asfalto 9/20 °C. Sole.
Seconda giornata di prove per la Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, impegnata anche oggi sul circuito di Jerez de la Frontera, nel Sud della Spagna.
Dopo le condizioni meteorologiche non favorevoli di ieri, la giornata odierna si è svolta sotto un cielo sgombro di nuvole.
Kimi Raikkonen ha proseguito nel lavoro di investigazione su diversi assetti della F2008 equipaggiata con le gomme slick e con il carico aerodinamico ridotto, nonché di sperimentazione di alcune nuove componenti in vista della prossima stagione oltre a continuare una prova di durata del propulsore. Kimi ha percorso in totale 89 giri, il più veloce nel tempo di 1.19.334.
A metà del pomeriggio è arrivato in circuito anche Felipe Massa, che si è subito messo al lavoro. Il pilota brasiliano, alla guida di una monoposto analoga a quella del compagno di squadra, è riuscito a percorrere 27 prima del termine delle prove, preparandosi così nella maniera migliore per il prosieguo della sessione. Il miglior tempo di Felipe è stato 1.20.490.
Le prove su questo circuito proseguiranno quindi anche domani: in pista per la squadra campione del mondo ci saranno ancora Kimi Raikkonen e Felipe Massa.
Test a Jerez, seconda giornata: miglior tempo ancora per Buemi
Sebastien Buemi è stato il più veloce anche nella seconda giornata di test a Jerez girando in 1.18.073 e risultando oltre mezzo secondo più veloce di Takuma Sato con l’altra Toro Rosso. Buemi e Sato hanno lavorato assieme a Sebastien Bourdais, i tre sono in lotta per i due sedili da titolare del team di Faenza. Il francese è stato il più lento chiudendo in quarta posizione.
Terzo tempo per la McLaren MP4-23A di Pedro de la Rosa dotata per la prima volta di un’ala anteriore 2009. Assieme allo spagnolo ha girato anche Heikki Kovalainen, al volante della vettura dotata del sistema KERS. Il finlandese ha ottenuto il sesto tempo alle spalle di Kimi Raikkonen. Il pilota della Ferrari ha girato poco oggi a causa della pista ancora bagnata in mattinata.
Felipe Massa è arrivato alle 15.30 direttamente dal Brasile e ha completato 27 giri. Fernando Alonso è tornato in azione dopo la fine della stagione coprendo 105 giri e causando una bandiera rossa per un’uscita di pista in mattinata.
Le due BMW Sauber di Nick Heidfeld e Robert Kubica hanno chiuso con il nono e l’11mo tempo, con il polacco autore di soli 38 giri dopo uno stop in pista verso le 14.00. La terza bandiera rossa della giornata è stata causata dalla Williams di Nico Rosberg.
I tempi della seconda giornata di test a Jerez:
Pos Pilota Team Tempo Giri
1. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:18.073 128
2. Sato Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:18.601 38
3. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:18.673 81
4. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:19.032 78
5. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:19.334 89
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.631 64
7. Alonso Renault (B) 1:19.907 106
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.309 122
9. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.365 87
10. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.490 27
11. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.954 38