F1 testing 2017: Ferrari’s Raikkonen leads final day of first test
Ferrari topped the final day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test of 2017, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
On a day disrupted by the Barcelona track being artificially watered overnight and again at lunchtime, the window for useful running was reduced.
Very few teams made use of the wet track after lunch, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas one of the few drivers to complete many laps before it was dry enough for slicks.
Verstappen spent a rare spell at the top of the times when he beat Raikkonen’s morning benchmark in the middle of the afternoon, but the Ferrari driver then twice went faster on soft tyres to end the day.
In the end, Raikkonen’s 1m20.872s was 0.897 seconds clear of the Red Bull.
Mercedes was only eighth on the first day of pre-season that didn’t seem to go smoothly for the world champion team.
Lewis Hamilton didn’t get any running in the morning as Mercedes said it was working to fix an electrical fault, so by the time the car was ready shortly before lunch – when the track had dried – Bottas was sent out ahead of schedule to get a handful of laps under his belt.
While the Finn ended the day with 68 laps, Mercedes also called time on its running early, after engineers "found something in the data they didn’t like" in the final hour.
Jolyon Palmer improved late on in the Renault – which he took over from Nico Hulkenberg for the afternoon – to jump up to third on softs.
Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi – two of the busier drivers in the wet morning running for Haas and Sauber respectively – leapt up to fourth and fifth late on.
Giovinazzi briefly ran fourth following a series of ultra-soft runs, but he was bumped down a place when Grosjean took super-softs in the final 15 minutes of a day where he completed 118 laps.
Sergio Perez had got himself up to third with a super-soft run mid-afternoon, getting several laps at a decent pace out of the 2017-spec tyres that are designed to be more durable than their predecessors, but other teams’ improvements pushed him back to sixth by the chequered flag.
Seventh place was filled by the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, which used ultra-softs again to go fractionally faster than team-mate Fernando Alonso managed on the same tyre on Wednesday.
At the bottom of the order, Toro Rosso had a day to forget, only completing one lap first thing in the morning with Daniil Kvyat.
The team then opted to change its Renault engine, with the target of giving both Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr some running in the afternoon, but the STR12 never made it out of the garage.
Williams was unable to run at all on the final day, owing to damage sustained on Wednesday when rookie Lance Stroll crashed the FW40.
The second pre-season test at Barcelona starts on Tuesday, March 7.
DAY 4 TESTING RESULTS:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.769s||0.897s||85|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.534s||1.662s||82|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||–||1|
Kimi conclude il primo round di prove
Buon lavoro del team, vedremo che succede”
Montmelo – La prima sessione di test invernali si è conclusa. In quattro giorni i piloti della Scuderia Ferrari hanno percorso in tutto, con la SF70H, 468 giri del Circuit de Catalunya, pari a 2178,4 Km. 267 per Seb Vettel, 201 per Kimi Raikkonen, che oggi ha avuto modo di provare anche le gomme da bagnato sul circuito allagato con le autobotti.
“Anno nuovo, macchina nuova e regole nuove” è il sunto di Kimi. “E proprio queste regole sono determinanti per il feeling che si ha alla guida, perché si va molto più forte di prima: una combinazione di pneumatici e vettura. Quello che posso dire è che il team ha lavorato molto bene durante l’inverno. Se poi questo possa bastare, per il momento non lo sappiamo. Non ho guardato quello che facevano le altre squadre e i tempi sul giro, in questa fase, non contano niente. La mia sensazione è che abbiamo imparato qualche lezione dallo scorso anno e che, finora, non ci sia da lamentarsi per come sono andate queste prove. Ma prima di Melbourne c’è un’altra settimana di test e abbiamo ancora tanto lavoro davanti a noi. Più o meno tutti gli anni si sa dove si vuole arrivare, ma a volte va tutto liscio e in altri anni meno”.
Ferrari F1 team has learned from past few years – Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has learned from recent Formula 1 campaigns, as it looks to keep a lid on expectations following a strong start to 2017 testing.
Ferrari struggled in the first year of F1’s turbo-hybrid engines but made serious inroads in 2015 to win three races with Sebastian Vettel.
That prompted Ferrari to declare it was targeting the championship last year, but it finished the campaign winless and not only failed to challenge Mercedes but was also overhauled by Red Bull.
It stayed quiet in launching its 2017 challenger, which performed well in the first pre-season test, and even though Raikkonen topped two of the four days, he feels it is wrong to look too far ahead.
"We are pretty optimistic every year, but then how it turns out at the end of the year is hard to say," he said.
"I think we learned our lessons from the past years.
"The team has done a good job over the winter and if it’s good enough we will see during the year.
"So far it’s been a good feeling, so we can’t complain too much.
"Compared to last year it feels a lot better, but it’s because of the rules.
"We have been doing our own stuff and we are happy with how things are going."
Raikkonen’s team-mate Vettel was second-fastest on each of his two days in the new car, as the Ferrari pair split Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the combined order.
The Finn won the 2007 world championship with Ferrari but is yet to win a race since rejoining the team from Lotus at the start of ’14.
Asked if the SF70H was the best Ferrari he has driven, Raikkonen stressed that the new-for-2017 regulations with beefed up aerodynamics and wider tyres made it impossible to make direct comparisons.
"Rules changes are a big part on how the cars feel and how fast they are, but you cannot compare between the years because the car has to feel better with the rule changes," he said.
"But is that going to be good enough to fight for the championship, we will see during the year.
"We are happy so far about how testing has been going."
Kimi Raikkonen leads Barcelona Formula 1 testing for Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen led the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, putting Ferrari just 0.023 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Using soft compound tyres, Raikkonen set a best time of 1m20.960s just over an hour into Tuesday afternoon’s running – narrowly bettering Hamilton’s session-topping morning effort of 1m20.983s, which was set using super-softs.
Hamilton’s effort was still good enough to finish the day second overall, with Valtteri Bottas taking over driving duties for Mercedes for the afternoon.
The Finnish driver’s prime focus was on completing a race simulation, his best lap of 1m22.986s only ending up seventh on the leaderboard.
Despite a lurid sideways moment at Turn 9, Bottas managed to rack up 102 laps in the W08, running with the double T-wing trialled this morning by Hamilton for much of the afternoon.
That left Mercedes with a combined total of 168 laps for the day.
Max Verstappen gave Red Bull the third best time of the day, a 1m22.600s, on soft tyres, four thousandths ahead of the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, running on super-softs.
On his second full day of running, Magnussen completed a total of 119 laps, with Raikkonen the only other man to break into three figures with 108 laps on the board.
Esteban Ocon was fifth for Force India on super-softs, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso on softs, Bottas and the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which completed 53 laps after managing just an installation lap in the morning.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who was ninth fastest, also managed to log 67 laps in the Sauber after an engine problem robbed him of much of the morning session.
Besides Lance Stroll, who sat out the afternoon after his spin during the morning session caused damage Williams needed extra parts to repair, the slowest man of the day was McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
The Belgian made his first on-track appearance of the afternoon with just over two hours to go, after McLaren spent the best part of five hours replacing the MCL32’s power unit, but only managed a further 11 laps on top of the 29 he did in the morning.
Vandoorne’s best time was a 1m25.600s, set on soft tyres, which left him 4.640s off the pace.
DAY 2 RESULTS:
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m22.200s||1.240s||89|
|5||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.509s||1.549s||86|
|6||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m22.956s||1.996s||68|
Ferrari SF70H: presentata la nuova monoposto del Cavallino
La Ferrari ha presentato la nuova Ferrari SF70H, la monoposto con cui disputerà il mondiale 2017 di Formula 1. La vettura è stata svelata in diretta web da un garage della pista di Fiorano dai piloti Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen.
Nome in codice 668 la vettura celebra i 70 anni della Ferrari. Il design risente ovviamente delle modifiche al regolamento con l’adozione dell’ala anteriore a freccia, l’ala posteriore di dimensioni maggiori e gli pneumatici Pirelli maggiorati. La vettura vista oggi, a passo “corto”, potrebbe di fatto già essere abbandonata per le prime gare europee: i tecnici Ferrari starebbero infatti lavorando già ad una versione B, profondamente rivista nell’aerodinamica.
Il muso non sembra cambiato molto rispetto al 2016 mentre è stata adottata la pinna sul cofano motore.
I tecnici, coscienti di un livello aerodinamico non ancora all’altezza della Mercedes, hanno spremuto al massimo la power unit V6 turbo ibrida, ottenendo un incremento di potenza senza sacrificare l’affidabilità.
La “Ferrari della Ferrari” copre i 100 Km del filming day a Fiorano
Maranello – Il numero richiama i settant’anni di storia di quello che, nel mondo dell’automobile, è qualcosa di più di un marchio. Le lettere della sigla indicano semplicemente la Scuderia Ferrari e la propulsione ibrida (Hybrid). Il tricolore italiano è ben visibile sulla “vela” del cofano motore, con un look che richiama gli anni ‘70. La Ferrari SF70H destinata al mondiale Formula 1 ha mosso i primi passi oggi, sullo storico circuito di Fiorano, mettendo assieme nello stesso giorno presentazione, collaudo funzionale e “filming day” per le esigenze commerciali. I 56mila pezzi che la compongono sono il frutto del lavoro e dell’impegno collettivo di oltre mille donne e uomini della Gestione Sportiva, attraverso una gestazione durata dodici mesi. Una vettura anche visibilmente diversa dalle monoposto degli ultimi anni, perché diversi sono i contenuti regolamentari, che nel 2017 pongono l’accento soprattutto sull’incremento delle prestazioni.
La saracinesca del box di Fiorano – allestito per l’occasione con un look tutto diverso – si è alzata alle 9,45, sotto gli occhi del Presidente e AD del Cavallino Sergio Marchionne, del team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, del direttore tecnico Mattia Binotto, dei piloti Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel e Antonio Giovinazzi, e di tutti i dipendenti che seguivano la presentazione dalla vicina sede di Maranello. Dopo la preparazione di routine, la monoposto è uscita dal box alle 11,20 ora italiana, equipaggiata con pneumatici “Demo” destinati ai filming day, vale a dire con le stesse misure “maggiorate” delle gomme di quest’anno, ma mescole diverse. Una visione rara, quella di una monoposto dell’anno in corso sulla pista di casa della Ferrari: i regolamenti attuali non permettono più di svolgere prove nel corso della stagione, se non quelle collettive. Fanno eccezione, appunto, i 100 Km consentiti per la giornata promozionale, che Raikkonen prima e Vettel poi hanno sfruttato nel corso della giornata, dividendosi in parti uguali la distanza massima fissata dalle regole, nonostante la pioggia che ha ritardato alle 15,40 la prima uscita di Sebastian.
A fine giornata, a tutti i dipendenti è stata data l’opportunità di vedere la SF70H da vicino, prima che la monoposto venisse imballata per essere spedita al Circuit de Catalunya, dove da lunedì 27 inizierà la prima di due sessioni di test invernali, della durata di quattro giorni ciascuna. Vettel ha in programma di guidare lunedì e mercoledì, Raikkonen si alternerà a lui martedì e giovedì. Le prove riprenderanno poi martedì 7 marzo.
Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene: “La SF70H è frutto del lavoro di tutto il team”
In un’intervista rilasciata ai canali ufficiali Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene ha raccontato le prime emozioni, le sensazioni provate durante la presentazione della nuova SF70H, la vettura con cui il team di Maranello cercherà quest’anno di conquistare quel titolo che ormai non vince da 10 lunghi anni. Per Arrivabene il lancio ufficiale della nuova Rossa è stato “Una grande emozione, la stessa che si ha ogni qual volta si scopre una nuova Ferrari sia che si tratti di una vettura stradale sia di una Formula 1″. Il team principal, inoltre, ha specificato come il risultato finale della vettura sia frutto di un grande lavoro e della professionalità di tutto il team.
Ferrari riprende il lavoro sulle gomme 2017 con Raikkonen
Dopo essere scesa in pista per la prima volta nel mese di agosto, continua il lavoro della Ferrari nei test per provare le gomme 2017. La Pirelli, infatti, per arrivare preparata al nuovo cambio di regolamento, ha ricevuto l’approvazione della FIA per mettere in pista i propri pneumatici già durante questa stagione in collaborazione con i team di Formula 1.
La Rossa aveva già provato gli pneumatici della prossima stagione quando era scesa in pista a Fiorano i primi di agosto, ma in quella occasione il lavoro era concentrato soprattutto sulle gomme da bagnato.
Dopo un mese di pausa, il team di Maranello e la Pirelli sono tornati nuovamente in pista nella giornata di oggi, questa volta sul circuito spagnolo di Barcellona, provando, a differenza dell’ultima volta, esclusivamente gomme slick. Al volante della SF15-T modificata, che non presentava differenze aerodinamiche rispetto al test di agosto, vi era Kimi Raikkonen: per il finlandese questa è stata la prima volta con le gomme 2017, in quanto a Fiorano a prendere il suo posto era stato Esteban Gutierrez.
Per il campione del mondo 2007 è stata sicuramente una giornata produttiva: 111 giri in totale, 46 nella mattinata e 65 nel pomeriggio. Il programma prevedeva, dopo le consuete correzioni di assetto, un test su gomme da asciutto di mescola Medium.
Domani Raikkonen lascerà spazio al proprio compagno di squadra, Sebastian Vettel, per la seconda ed ultima giornata di test di questa sessione.
F1 Silverstone test: Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on second day
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded the year’s final in-season Formula 1 test with the quickest time of the second day at Silverstone.
Raikkonen posted his best lap of his 103 with 50 minutes remaining, clocking a 1m30.665s on the soft tyre, 0.216 seconds faster than his qualifying time for last weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The Finn’s time was also six tenths up on the best from day one set by Fernando Alonso in his McLaren.
For the second successive day Mercedes development driver Esteban Ocon had to settle for second, finishing 0.547s down on Raikkonen.
And for the second successive day, Ocon also racked up the most laps, following up his 123 on day one with 139 on day two.
Pierre Gasly enjoyed a better day in the Red Bull after difficulties on Tuesday when cabling had to be replaced inside the car, restricting him to just seven laps in the morning before rain arrived.
The new GP2 race winner managed 103 laps, with his best a 1:31.429s on soft tyres to finish third on the timesheets.
Force India’s 17-year-old development driver Nikita Mazepin finished 0.896s behind Raikkonen having set his time on super-soft tyres, and 0.203s ahead of McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne, whose best lap from his 114 was run on Pirelli’s soft compound.
Valtteri Bottas was fifth quickest in his Williams, 1.758s behind Raikkonen, completing a late run with the double-decker rear-wing first seen during May’s in-season test at Barcelona.
Bottas was followed by Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer – primarily running the rule over a new suspension – eighth, 2.643s adrift of Raikkonen.
Palmer stopped on track just after the chequered flag was brought out.
On his F1 debut, Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara fared well with Toro Rosso, completing 82 laps and ending up 3.375s off the ultimate pace.
On his third outing for Manor, Jordan King was 10th and 4.395s in arrears, with only Pascal Wehrlein slower in the 2014 Mercedes.
Wehrlein was helping Pirelli assess compounds and structure concepts for its 2017 tyres, completing 128 laps, and with times not a concern as he finished 5.517s down.
DAY TWO TIMES:
|3||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull/Renault||1m31.429s||0.764s||103|
|4||Nikita Mazepin||Force India/Mercedes||1m31.561s||0.896s||69|
|9||Sergio Sette Camara||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m34.040s||3.375s||82|
Ferrari’s troubles not Silverstone-specific admits Kimi Raikkonen
Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen claims the problems experienced by the team over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend were not specific to Silverstone.
It was suggested after the grand prix, and by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in particular, that while the race was "weak" for the Scuderia, that performance slump was a one-off.
After being handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, Vettel could only manage ninth from 11th on the grid.
Raikkonen started and finished fifth, meaning Ferrari equalled its worst points haul of 2016 by scoring just 12.
During testing on Wednesday at Silverstone, Raikkonen said: "We’re doing normal testing work, all kinds of different things to try and find good things.
"It’s not just specifically we had some aero problem here, and this circuit needs a lot of aero, we’re lacking overall.
"For the next race in Hungary our car should definitely suit that circuit better. Is it good enough to challenge for a win? We’ll see."
Although Raikkonen is third in the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Vettel, the Finn has yet to stand on top of the podium since his return to Ferrari in 2014.
Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari can resolve its issues and win again this year, regardless of whether it happens on pure merit or via problems for rivals.
"We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time it’s not ideal," added Raikkonen.
"As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so we’ll keep working and improving.
"We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win. It doesn’t matter if every car is there or not.
"Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we’ve work to be done, and for sure there will be circuits where it will be better."
As to whether Ferrari has a chance of either title given the considerable gaps in both championships to Mercedes, Raikkonen added: "We will keep working and improving, and not give up until it’s not possible any more.
"We know where Mercedes is, ahead of everybody right now, but it doesn’t mean we should give up or we’re not working on things. We will try to catch them up."
F1 testing round-up: Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari lead on raw pace
Kimi Raikkonen spearheaded a Ferrari one-two at the end of 2016 pre-season Formula 1 testing, but it was Mercedes that emerged literally miles ahead of its rivals on lap count.
After Vettel led the way at the end of the first test, Raikkonen responded to top the overall timesheet come the conclusion to the second at Barcelona’s Catalunya track.
Like Vettel in test one, Raikkonen’s leading time this week was set on the new-for-2016 ultra-soft compound, which he used to lap in 1m22.765s on day three.
More eye-catching, however, was Vettel using super-softs for his best lap on the final day. The four-time champion finished just 0.087 seconds behind Raikkonen in the week’s overall times, and was comfortably faster than anyone else had been on that compound.
Pirelli estimates there is a 0.5s-0.6s performance gap between the types of rubber, highlighting the impressive nature of Vettel’s run.
But Ferrari will no doubt be anxiously curious as to the true pace of its main rival Mercedes, which at barely any stage showed its hand – barring a blast on a set of soft tyres from Nico Rosberg on day one.
Rosberg’s lap of 1m23.022s was ultimately just 0.257s adrift of Raikkonen, and 0.170s behind Vettel, with Pirelli suggesting a time difference of 0.5s between the super-soft and soft tyres.
But when it comes to reliability, Mercedes was head and shoulders clear of not only Ferrari, but every other team.
To add to the 675 laps from test one, Mercedes amassed a further 619 in test two, amounting to 1790 miles this week, and 3742 over the eight days – the equivalent of 19.6 Spanish Grands Prix.
Toro Rosso was Mercedes’ closest rival on that front, clocking up 602 laps, for 3034 miles over the eight days, while Ferrari’s grand total proved to be 2470 miles, a considerable 1302 miles less than Mercedes.
Rosberg emerged as the lap leader from the second test with 324, and overall with 656, pipping Hamilton by just 18.
Toro Rosso, running with a 2015 Ferrari power unit this season, has every reason to be proud of its performance the past four days as Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr completed 303 and 299 laps respectively.
At the other end of the scale, Esteban Gutierrez managed just 49 as Haas endured a torrid week due to reliability issues, in stark contrast to its solid running in the first test.
McLaren and power unit supplier Honda showed they have moved on from last year’s disastrous test sessions that were the forerunner to one of the worst seasons in the Woking team’s history.
Over eight days at Barcelona in 2015, McLaren managed a paltry 301 laps, but fast forward 12 months and the Anglo-Japanese alliance achieved 710, with 453 in test two alone.
In terms of driver contrasts, there were none greater than at Renault as Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a trouble-free four days to accumulate 509 laps, whereas Jolyon Palmer was plagued by gremlins and totalled only 267.
COMBINED TEST TWO STATS:
Combined best times of week two: Pos Driver Car Time Gap Tyres 1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.765s US 2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.852s +0.087s SS 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.022s +0.257s S 4. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.134s +0.369s US 5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m23.193s +0.428s S 6. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m23.229s +0.464s US 7. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m23.251s +0.486s US 8. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.382s +0.617s US 9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.622s +0.857s S 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m23.721s +0.956s SS 11. Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m23.933s +1.168s SS 12. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG 1m24.427s +1.662s S 13. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m24.714s +1.949s US 14. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m24.735s +1.970s S 15. Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.760s +1.995s S 16. Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.859s +2.094s SS 17. Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1m24.913s +2.148s US 18. Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.031s +2.266s S 19. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-TAG 1m25.049s +2.284s S 20. Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m25.255s +2.490s S 21. Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 1m25.422s +2.657s SS 22. Rio Haryanto Manor-Mercedes 1m25.899s +3.134s US Total week two mileage per driver: 1. Nico Rosberg 937 2. Max Verstappen 876 3. Carlos Sainz Jr 865 4. Lewis Hamilton 853 5. Sebastian Vettel 847 6. Daniel Ricciardo 746 7. Nico Hulkenberg 746 8. Felipe Massa 717 9. Kevin Magnussen 709 10. Jenson Button 700 11. Valtteri Bottas 668 12. Felipe Nasr 633 13. Fernando Alonso 610 14. Kimi Raikkonen 602 15. Daniil Kvyat 550 16. Sergio Perez 544 17. Jolyon Palmer 544 18. Marcus Ericsson 541 19. Romain Grosjean 417 20. Pascal Wehrlein 367 21. Rio Haryanto 298 22. Esteban Gutierrez 142 Total week two mileage by team: 1. Mercedes 1790 2. Toro Rosso 1741 3. Ferrari 1449 4. Williams 1385 5. McLaren 1310 6. Red Bull 1296 7. Force India 1290 8. Renault 1252 9. Sauber 1174 10. Manor 665 11. Haas 558 Total week two mileage by engine: 1. Mercedes 5131 2. Ferrari 2016 3182 3. Renault/TAG 2548 4. Ferrari 2015 1741 5. Honda 1310
COMBINED OVERALL WINTER TESTING STATS
Combined fastest times of winter testing: Pos Driver Car Time Gap Tyres 1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.765s US 2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.810s +0.045s US 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m23.022s +0.257s S 4. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m23.110s +0.345s SS 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.134s +0.369s US 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m23.193s +0.428s S 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m23.229s +0.464s SS 8. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m23.382s +0.617s US 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-TAG 1m23.525s +0.760s US 10. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.622s +0.857s S 11. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m23.650s +0.885s SS 12. Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m23.933s +1.168s SS 13. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull-TAG 1m24.293s +1.528s US 14. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda 1m24.714s +1.949s US 15. Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda 1m24.735s +1.970s S 16. Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari 1m24.760s +1.995s S 17. Alfonso Celis Jr Force India-Mercedes 1m24.840s +2.075s SS 18. Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.859s +2.094s SS 19. Pascal Wehrlein Manor-Mercedes 1m24.913s +2.148s US 20. Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1m25.031s +2.266s S 21. Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1m25.255s +2.490s S 22. Esteban Gutierrez Haas-Ferrari 1m25.422s +2.657s SS 23. Rio Haryanto Manor-Mercedes 1m25.899s +3.134s US Total winter testing mileage by driver: 1. Nico Rosberg 1897 2. Lewis Hamilton 1845 3. Max Verstappen 1545 4. Carlos Sainz Jr 1490 5. Kevin Magnussen 1472 6. Sebastian Vettel 1412 7. Daniel Ricciardo 1322 8. Felipe Nasr 1316 9. Valtteri Bottas 1287 10. Felipe Massa 1189 11. Marcus Ericsson 1108 12. Jenson Button 1090 13. Kimi Raikkonen 1059 14. Daniil Kvyat 1041 15. Nico Hulkenberg 1033 16. Fernando Alonso 963 17. Sergio Perez 836 18. Jolyon Palmer 772 19. Romain Grosjean 743 20. Pascal Wehrlein 729 21. Rio Haryanto 671 22. Esteban Gutierrez 628 23. Alfonso Celis Jr 385 Total winter testing mileage by team: 1. Mercedes 3743 2. Toro Rosso 3034 3. Williams 2476 4. Ferrari 2470 5. Sauber total 2424* 6. Red Bull 2363 7. Force India 2253 8. Renault 2245 9. McLaren 2054 10. Manor 1400 11. Haas 1371 12. Sauber 2016 1174* * Sauber only ran its 2016 car in week two Total winter testing mileage by engine: 1. Mercedes 9872 2. Ferrari 2016 5016 3. Renault/TAG 4608 4. Ferrari 2015 4284 5. Honda 2054
Barcelona F1 test: Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari top Thursday running
Ferrari stepped up its preparations for the new Formula 1 season as Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap seen in testing so far and completed a race simulation on Thursday.
After starting his day with a trial run of the FIA’s halo cockpit protection system the governing body hopes will be on all F1 cars in 2017, Raikkonen went on to set the pace on the third morning of the second test.
Using Pirelli’s ultra-soft tyre, Raikkonen set a time of 1m22.765s, 0.045 seconds quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s benchmark from day two of test one, which was also set on the new-for-2016 rubber.
Come the afternoon, the Finn put the SF16-H through its paces with a 66-lap Spanish Grand Prix run around Barcelona’s Catalunya track.
Raikkonen’s laptimes fared well against the simulations of Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton on Monday and Nico Rosberg on Tuesday.
The run was put on hold for a short period as Romain Grosjean brought out the red flags for a second time with an excursion across the gravel, as he had done at the very end of the morning session.
The Frenchman made it a hat-trick late on to bring the day to an end six minutes earlier than scheduled.
Although Raikkonen finished comfortably quickest, Williams’s Felipe Massa was only 0.428s adrift with an early afternoon run on soft tyres.
Massa managed to get ahead of two other drivers on ultra-softs in Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Max Verstappen in the Toro Rosso, the former just under half a second down, and the latter just over 0.6s adrift.
Verstappen finished with the highest lap count of the day on 159, more than the two Mercedes drivers combined after Rosberg had run in the morning and Hamilton in the afternoon, the duo clocking up 144 laps between them.
Rosberg opted for a different run programme for his stint, working from a baseline with his car in order to focus on different set-ups.
It resulted in Rosberg completing 81 laps, the highest tally in the morning, before Hamilton took over.
Rosberg finished up fifth quickest, 1.3s down, with Hamilton down in 11th, 3.7s off the pace. Both set their times on mediums.
In between the Mercedes, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr finished two seconds off the pace on soft tyres, with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in close attendance on super-softs.
Alonso also conducted a heavy-fuel race simulation of his own, and even had a blast on the ultra-softs in a productive afternoon.
Pascal Wehrlein posted Manor’s best lap of testing to date, using ultra-softs, to finish 2.148s behind Raikkonen, with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat ninth on softs, and a further two tenths of a second down.
Jolyon Palmer finally managed to get in some meaningful running in his Renault in the afternoon, after only completing 26 laps in the morning to add to the 79 over two days last week when he encountered a range of issues.
A late run on softs elevated Palmer over Hamilton to 10th, with the best of his 98 laps being a 1m26.224s.
Grosjean brought up the rear in his Haas, and despite his trio of red flags, still managed 78 laps after the American team finally overcame the turbo problems that had plagued it since Tuesday afternoon.
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m23.251s||0.486s||137|
|4||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m23.382s||0.617s||159|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m25.141s||2.376s||121|
Kimi Raikkonen tests F1’s halo head protection system on Ferrari
Formula 1’s proposed halo driver head protection system has appeared on a car for the first time, Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari during pre-season testing.
Having developed the system in conjunction with Mercedes, the FIA confirmed last week it is working to "make this a reality" for the 2017 season.
Further testing has been undertaken on an airfield in the south of England, firing projectiles at the framework at high speed.
"We have tried to accelerate this project in the last 12 months with an aim to have something that we can practically apply on F1 cars for 2017," FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said in the governing body’s official Auto publication.
"This latest test was set up with that in mind – trying to come out from there with something that we could actually say, ‘that’s going to be a significant step forward’."
Following that work, Raikkonen turned his installation lap of Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday morning with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H.
Ferrari told Autosport that the device will not be used again today.
The halo trialled was a temporary fix, rather than having a hinge that would allow for easier extraction, complicating how Raikkonen climbed aboard the car when it was attached.
Ferrari’s Raikkonen says visibility with F1 halo ‘was OK’
Kimi Raikkonen says the visibility of Formula 1’s proposed halo head protection system "was OK" according to Ferrari, after becoming the first driver to try it during pre-season testing.
Raikkonen turned his installation lap on Thursday morning with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H.
The team was keen to get a driver’s opinion on how the device impacts on their vision.
"[The] first impression on the visibility test is positive," Raikkonen said, through the FIA.
"The structure does not hamper [visibility]."
Ferrari says the design is an early prototype that it produced itself, based on its own interpretation and is "pretty close" to what it expects the final shape to be.
As it was only a temporary fix, designed and produced mainly to gauge a driver’s opinion regarding visibility, it did not have a hinge that would allow for easier extraction.
As a result, it complicated how Raikkonen climbed inside the cockpit when it was attached.
The Scuderia has yet to decide whether Sebastian Vettel will run it on the car when the German completes the final day of testing for the team on Friday.
Over a period of time the FIA has conducted considerable research and tests into the product, with the halo emerging as the best of three reviewed designs.
The primary test focused on a wheel being projected at the halo device with significant force.
Assessing the results, Andy Mellor, the FIA’s lead researcher for the Global Institute for Road Safety on this project, said: "It’s very impressive that although the structure is positioned close to the driver’s helmet to provide protection from all angles, it is still able to prevent the wheel from contacting the helmet.
"In the very short distance available a huge amount of energy is absorbed and the wheel is successfully redirected."
The FIA prototype was made out of steel, while Ferrari’s is made of carbon fibre.
The FIA anticipates if the halo is accepted and adopted from 2017 it will be made of a lightweight material that will add around five kilograms to the weight of the car.
The key concern, however, is – and remains – visibility.
Speaking in the FIA’s monthly magazine Auto, Mellor added: "We need to avoid creating any blindspots as that would introduce an unacceptable additional risk during racing.
"We are looking to achieve a structure that provides a full panorama of forward and sideways binocular vision, allowing only very small areas of monocular vision restricted by the structure."
Kimi Raikkonen surprised by visibility in F1 cockpit halo trial
Kimi Raikkonen says there was "surprisingly little difference" in visibility after trying Ferrari’s version of the halo head protection system during pre-season Formula 1 testing.
The Finn completed a single lap with the device fitted to his Ferrari SF16-H first thing on Thursday morning at Barcelona.
Ferrari had created the prototype, which it says is "pretty close" to what it expects the final shape to be, to get a driver’s opinion on how it impacts visibility.
"It’s slightly different view," said Raikkonen. "We’re a bit limited in the front but I don’t think it’s the final version.
"There was surprisingly little difference.
"Yes, it was a bit limited in the front, but [the design] can change."
The design tested was produced by Ferrari itself and made of carbonfibre.
It was the team’s own interpretation of the idea but only a temporary design and did not have a hinge that will feature on the final version for easier extraction.
The hinge’s absence complicated how Raikkonen climbed into the cockpit when it was attached.
The FIA anticipates that if the design is accepted and adopted for 2017, it will be made of a lightweight material that will add around five kilograms to the weight of the car.
Ferrari is contemplating running the design again on Friday when Sebastian Vettel is in the car so it can gauge the German’s opinion too.