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Da Autosprint n.9 del 03/03/2015:

  

  

  

  



Barcellona fine dei test, bilancio


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“.

Da FormulaPassion.it


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…

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Da Gazzetta.it



Test finali a Barcellona, giorno 3–28/02/2015


Barcelona F1 test: Mercedes tops penultimate day with Hamilton

Mercedes flexed its muscle ahead of the new Formula 1 season again on Saturday, as Lewis Hamilton topped the times on the penultimate day of testing in Barcelona.

Having spent the first half of the afternoon in the garage as the team applied what it called an ‘experimental’ set-up, Hamilton finished with a soft tyre lap faster than Williams and Ferrari achieved on super-softs.

When he initially emerged on the medium tyre just before 3pm, the world champion lapped within a second of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen’s super-soft efforts, which were set amid a flurry of qualifying simulations before lunch.

Hamilton’s first taste of F1’s 2015 soft rubber yielded a 1m23.262s, just 0.386s shy of Massa’s morning time, but there was more to come.

On his second run, Hamilton leapt to the top with his 1m23.022s more than two-tenths clear of the super-soft benchmarks, and a similar margin slower than Nico Rosberg’s 1m22.792s from Friday.

Massa and Raikkonen spent the majority of the afternoon conducting longer runs on the medium and hard tyres, the Ferrari driver completing a race simulation.

Red Bull applied that strategy to its entire day, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing at the bottom of the times having focused on long runs on the medium rubber.

It was another busy day at Circuit de Catalunya, with Mercedes and McLaren the only outfits not to break the 100-lap barrier.

Kevin Magnussen’s outing in the McLaren-Honda ended almost three hours early due to an oil leak. Deputising for Fernando Alonso, the Dane only managed 39 laps.

Force India, meanwhile, enjoyed another promising day with its new VMJ08, which has completed 235 laps since breaking cover just before lunch on Friday.

Nico Hulkenberg was Saturday’s busiest driver with158 laps, and his time on the super-soft was eventually bumped down to seventh by Carlos Sainz Jr and Romain Grosjean’s late runs on the compound.

Sainz and Marcus Ericsson caused the day’s only red flags, both stopping on track during the final hour.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.022s 76
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.262s 0.240s 102
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.276s 0.254s 136
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.191s 1.169s 132
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m24.200s 1.178s 116
6 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.477s 1.455s 123
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m24.939s 1.917s 158
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren/Honda 1m25.225s 2.203s 39
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.742s 2.720s 128

Da Autosport.com


Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 10/17°C, track temperature 10/30°C. Sunny.
Laps/Km completed: 136/633
Fastest time: 1:23.276
Tyres used: Soft, Medium.
Programme: aerodynamic test, set up and race simulation.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall it hasn’t been a bad test since we covered a race distance today. Now we wait to go to Melbourne to see how we stand compared to the others. I wish to thank the Team for the work it has done during the winter”.

James Allison: “We’ve got a lot of laps under our belt in this winter testing; but until you actually go out and do the laps for a race, one after the other, and not stopping except to change tyres, you really can’t claim that you’re ready to go to Melbourne and do it for real. So we’re happy to get our first race distance of the winter done, happy to have achieved at the first attempt, and with the reliability that we showed. So I’m pleased with the testing we did over the last two days, which shows clearly that the car works as we expected. Winter testing in Europe always asks slightly different questions from the car than you get when you’re in Bahrain: but it doesn’t turn night into day. Most of what the car really is is revealed here as much as on the other Grand Prix circuits during the year. And I think what we see is a well-mannered car, so we expect these characteristics to be broadly carried over to the other races”.

Da Ferrari.it

 

 


Test finali a Barcellona, giorno 1–26/02/2015


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.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.500s 103
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.276s 0.776s 122
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.881s 1.381s 48
4 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m25.947s 2.447s 75
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.177s 2.677s 75
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.327s 2.827s 80
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m26.962s 3.462s 86
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m31.479s 7.979s 7

Da Autosport.com


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."

Da Autosport.com


Autosprint n.8 del 24/02/2015


  

  

  

  

  


Test a Barcellona Ferrari, rassegna stampa–21/02/2015




Da Autosprint n.7 del 17/02/2015

 

 


Uomini felici–20/02/2015


Ferrari boss says F1 should expect a new, happier Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene believes Formula 1 will see a new, happier Kimi Raikkonen this year.

The 35-year-old endured the worst season of his F1 career in 2014 with a solitary fourth place in Belgium his best result.

The Finn, who was Ferrari’s last world champion back in 2007, was well-beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso, finishing 106 points and six places adrift in the drivers’ standings.

He struggled with the handling of the Ferrari, which did not suit his style of being heavy on the front tyres and gentle on the rear.

But Raikkonen seemed happier during 2015’s opening test at Jerez and has said that he is feeling more comfortable with the car.

And Arrivabene says he has noticed a change in Raikkonen’s typically uncommunicative persona, joking that the Finn must be feeling "sick" because he’s smiling so much.

"He had his problems [last year]," said Arrivabene. "Problems because he was not feeling the car, especially the front.

"It was not a car that was adapted to the style of Kimi.

"He is demonstrating that these days, he is feeling the car better and he is smiling.

"This is very, very strange. It is the real scoop of the weekend."

Arrivabene added that Raikkonen’s behaviour in the garage has also been different to 2014 so far during testing.

"Kimi was also on the ground to move the car and try to adjust something," he said.

"I asked him: ‘What are you doing?’ He said ‘I was a mechanic’.

"This is the atmosphere in the team, all the guys around him were surprised to look at him and to hear him talking and talking and talking.

"I thought he was sick but he is not. It is just enthusiasm and I am sure this year Kimi can demonstrate his level.

"Kimi is very motivated and he is getting very, very well with [new team-mate] Seb [Vettel] and this is great."

Da Autosport.com


Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 4/14 °C, track temperature 9/20. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 90/419
Fastest time: 1:24.584
Tyres used:  Soft, Medium, Hard,
Programme: System checks, long runs, set-up work and tyre testing.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was not ideal, we had some small issues which prevented us from running as much as we wanted, but still we managed to do other stuff, try things and learn. We are going in the right direction in all areas and the team did a good job over the winter. Of course, racing is a different story from testing, but so far it has been good. The team bosses have managed to put the right people in the right places. It’s still early days, but everybody seems to enjoy it more. For the next test we’ll try to put the right things into the car”.

Da Ferrari.com


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