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Barcelona Test 2 – Day 3 Results

Formula One Testing, Barcelona

Report:

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”.

Final times:

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

Today, Kimi Raikkonen took over from Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of the SF15-T. The team’s programme focused mainly on further aero and set-up testing, while the plan for this afternoon is to run the car in race configuration. An electrical problem, combined with some pre-planned work, required a long stop in the garage (ferrari.com).

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Barcelona Test 2 – Kimi’s thoughts

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Kimi Raikkonen: “We learned something today, even with a few issues which I am sure we can fix. The car is not too bad overall, but there are some areas where we want to improve, especially when it get tricky with the conditions that we are experiencing and cause the tyres notto work the same way from one lap to another. Now we have another day of testing to put together what we have learned. In a few days in Melbourne we will find out where we really are.” (Source: ferrari.com)


“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.”

“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.” (Source: autosport.com)

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Barcelona Test 2 – Day 1 Results

Formula One Testing, Barcelona

Report:

Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 8/14 °C, track temperature 10/13. Cloudy.
Laps/Km completed: 80/372
Fastest time: 1:26.327
Tyres used: Soft, Medium, Hard.
Programme: Set-up analysis, practice starts and pit-stop test.

Kimi Raikkonen: “We learned something today, even with a few issues which I am sure we can fix. The car is not too bad overall, but there are some areas where we want to improve, especially when it get tricky with the conditions that we are experiencing and cause the tyres notto work the same way from one lap to another. Now we have another day of testing to put together what we have learned. In a few days in Melbourne we will find out where we really are”.

James Allison: “This wasn’t an easy day for us as we spent time chasing our tails on an annoying reliability problems which by the end of the day we managed to put to bed, but that interrupted our programmes for the day quite considerably. Now we can put what we learn today in place for tomorrow so to have a day much more like we want to have”.

Final times:

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

The final test session of the winter got underway today, for Scuderia Ferrari and the other teams at the circuit. Kimi Raikkonen is at the wheel of the SF15-T and his programme features various simulation tasks, relating to set-up, as well as fuel loads, doing runs of various lengths. This morning’s work was slightly affected by the unpredictable weather, with rain beginning to fall persistently, before the lunch break. (ferrari.com)

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Raikkonen spends Ferrari filming day in Barcelona

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Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen donned flashy sunglasses as the Ferrari duo joined camera crews during a film day at Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday.

The pair gave Ferrari and F1 fans a glimpse behind the scenes as they put on the famous red colours before posing on the racetrack and behind the scenes in the garages.

Both drivers are preparing for the new season and a buoyant Raikkonen feels Ferrari may have turned a corner having driven the new and improved Ferrari in testing.

‘You usually know if a car is good or not, and this year is a completely different story than last year as I had a good feeling straight away when I went out,’ enthused Raikkonen.

‘It’s early days, but it’s great to see how good it is, how well people are working together, and with Sebastian we have a good relationship so we can push the team forward.

‘Of course, we will try to beat each other on the circuit, but I’m sure we’ll have some fun and hopefully we’ll get some good results this year.’

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[ Source: dailymail.co.uk ]