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Barcelona Test – Day 2 Results

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Report:

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”.

Final times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.574s - 143
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.584s 0.010s 90
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.672s 0.098s 88
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.702s 0.128s 121
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.923s 0.349s 89
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.556s 0.982s 66
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.961s 1.387s 59
8 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.280s 1.706s 77
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.344s 2.770s 113
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.945s 4.371s 100

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Ferrari boss Arrivabene on enthusiastic Raikkonen

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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.”

[ Source: autosport.com ]


Barcelona Test – Day 1: Kimi’s thoughts

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Kimi Raikkonen is not getting carried away with another encouraging day of testing for Ferrari but says it is clear the team has produced “a very nice car”.

After topping three out of the four days of testing in Jerez, Ferrari looked strong again in Barcelona, with Raikkonen finishing second and accumulating 74 laps. His headline time, set on the medium compound, was just 0.156s off Pastor Maldonado’s soft-tyre benchmark.

Ferrari comes into 2015 on the back of its first winless campaign since 1993 and has been cautious about misguided optimism so far this winter. Raikkonen continued that trend after day one in Barcelona but says he has plenty of reasons to be happy with the SF15-T.

“It’s not that different from Jerez, we don’t know about the fuel other cars had, and some of them were on soft tyres,” Raikkonen said. “We keep doing our stuff, have made our plan and try to follow it. The car is a completely different story from last year’s, we’ve still got a long way ahead of us but the team is working well and has produced a very nice car”.

Raikkonen will be back in the car on Friday before Sebastian Vettel takes over for the final two days of the test at the weekend.

[ Source: espn.co.uk ]


Barcelona Test – Day 1 Results

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Report

Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 7/15 °C, track temperature 9/16. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 58/270
Fastest time: 1:25.167
Tyres used: Hard, Medium, Proto Medium
Programme: System checks, long runs, set-up work and tyre testing.

Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s not that different from Jerez, we don’t know about the fuel other cars had, and some of them were on soft tyres. We keep doing our stuff, have made our plan and try to follow it. The car is a completely different story from last year’s, we’ve still got a long way
ahead of us but the team is working well and has produced a very nice car”.

James Allison: “Overall we are content with the day, happy because the work we’ve been doing in learning how the car responds to set-up changes was very satisfactory, less happy with the laps count for the day. I hope that in the remaining days we get some more mileage under our
belt”.

Final times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m25.011s - 69
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.167s 0.156s 74
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m25.547s 0.536s 59
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m26.636s 1.625s 34
5 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.307s 2.296s 79
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m27.900s 2.889s 94
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.182s 3.171s 21
8 Pascal Wehrlein Force India/Mercedes 1m28.329s 3.318s 32
9 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m28.489s 3.478s 48
10 Susie Wolff Williams/Mercedes 1m28.906s 3.895s 86
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m30.429s 5.418s 11

Midday Report

This is the first of four days testing for Scuderia Ferrari at Montmelò’s Catalunya circuit, which, as usual, will play host to the first European round of the Formula One season. With just over 20 days to go to the start of the championship, Kimi Raikkonen is at the wheel of the SF15-T.

The Finn is working on set-up testing, long runs and practice starts. For much of the morning, he was second fastest, before taking the break earlier than planned, so that the mechanics could carry out some checks on the car. This afternoon, Scuderia Ferrari will continue with the programme, which includes trying various tyre compounds.

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