Kimi Raikkonen is recovering from the frightening accident on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. The Scuderia Ferrari driver still has pain and some bruising in his left ankle and knee after his car hit the barriers. Therefore Scuderia Ferrari has decided to rest the Finn so that he can be fully fit for the German Grand Prix on 20th July at Hockenheim.
Therefore the driver line-up for the Silverstone test has been changed: tomorrow for the first day, test driver Pedro de la Rosa will be at the wheel of the F14 T and on Wednesday, Jules Bianchi will stand in for Raikkonen. The Frenchman has been on the books at the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2010 and currently races in Formula 1 for Marussia.
Pedro de la Rosa finally gets to drive the F14 T for real, having done many kilometres in its virtual cockpit on the simulator, where he shares the work with Davide Rigon and Andrea Bertolini. Pedro will therefore be able to make a comparison and give the engineers some useful feedback. During his day on track, a comparative test will take place at the same time back in Maranello and in a reverse of the usual situation, it will be Pedro de la Rosa on track and Fernando Alonso in the simulator.
Jules Bianchi will have his first run on the F14 T, back at the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time since the Pirelli tyre test in December 2013. The Frenchman is having a great season, securing his and Marussia’s first ever points when he finished ninth in Monaco.
Pastor Maldonado was quickest on the second day of testing at Barcelona as Lotus enjoyed its best test day of the year so far.
Having been hampered by reliability issues in the Bahrain in-season test, Lotus had a much more productive two days as Charles Pic completed 69 laps and set the second fastest time on Tuesday before Maldonado hit three figures on Wednesday. Maldonado’s best time of 1:24.871 came on the supersoft tyres and left him almost a second clear of Nico Rosberg.
Rosberg himself completed 102 laps, and started the day by testing a ‘megaphone’ exhaust fitted to his car as part of a test designed to improve the sound of the new engines. However, after some early runs with little audible difference, the exhaust was removed for the team’s original specification.
While Mercedes could enjoy the luxury of testing sound-enhancing parts, Red Bull had a tough morning as Vettel didn’t emerge in the opening two hours. Fortunes improved after lunch, however, with the team carrying out aero testing and Vettel clocking 72 laps.
Third quickest was Kimi Raikkonen for Ferrari, who completed 90 laps to recover from a troublesome day on Tuesday during which he caused two red flags. He ended the day half a second quicker than the Ferrari-powered Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez, with a brief fire at the rear of the car in the pit lane before lunchtime causing slight concern for the team.
Susie Wolff had an encouraging day for Williams as she got her first taste of the FW36 and set the fifth fastest time with a 1:27.280 on the soft compound tyre. The one blot on the copybook was a spin trying to get on the power out of Turn 10 which caused a red flag in the morning session but the car was undamaged.
Having topped the timesheets on Tuesday, Marussia had a tougher day on Wednesday as Jules Bianchi was confined to the garage for much of the afternoon session with a technical problem. However, the team did well to get Bianchi back out in the final ten minutes and he posted a 1:27.718 on soft tyres.
McLaren used a day of tyre testing for Pirelli to give Stoffel Vandoorne his first run in F1 machinery and he had a very productive day as he completed 136 laps, although with Pirelli setting the run plan he was limited to a best time of 1:28.441.
There was no running for Caterham on Wednesday as the damage caused by Kamui Kobayashi’s crash late on Tuesday prevented the team from continuing. Robin Frijns was the unfortunate driver to miss out on track time as Caterham packed up early to head to Monaco. (Source: crash.net)
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 13/27°C, track temperature 20/34 °C. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 94/438
Best lap: 1:26.480
Scuderia Ferrari ended up third fastest on the second and final day of the second of the three in-season tests planned for this year.
Constant speed runs for aero measurement work and set-up testing with the F14 T were on the agenda today. Kimi Raikkonen made up for some of the time lost yesterday to various difficulties, bringing a busy programme to a close at the Catalan track.
Most of the running was done on the Medium tyres, ending on the softer one. There were no problems today and the weather was much more spring-like than yesterday.
Scuderia Ferrari will be back in action at the Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth round of the world championship, over the weekend of 25th May, on the Monte Carlo street circuit.
Pos Number Driver Team Time Laps 1 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1.24.871 102 2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.25.805 102 3 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1.26.480 93 4 21 Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1.26.972 84 5 41 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1.27.280 55 6 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1.27.718 55 7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.27.973 72 8 34 Daniel Juncadella Force India-Mercedes 1.28.272 91 9 32 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Mercedes 1.28.441 136 10 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1.28.910 21
Report – Scuderia Ferrari got through about half its programme today, partly because of light rain and much lower temperatures than those experienced at this track during the race weekend. In fact, it felt more like autumn, although the weather improved in the second part of the day, allowing for the use of dry weather tyres.
Kimi Raikkonen was at the wheel of the F14 T for this second in-season test session. He had to return to the garage after just a few corners because of a power unit failure and was back on track shortly after 4pm.
On the agenda was set-up testing using the Soft and Medium tyres, although work was delayed by the need to change the power unit and later, when the floor had to be replaced, following a spin at Turn 4.
Raikkonen will be back on track tomorrow for the final day of this test here in Catalunya.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m26.434s 2. Charles Pic Lotus-Renault 1m26.661s +0.227s 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m26.674s +0.240s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m26.965s +0.531s 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m27.724s +1.290s 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m27.727s +1.293s 7. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m27.756s +1.322s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m28.333s +1.899s 9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m30.101s +3.667s 10. Sebastien Buemi Red Bull-Renault 1m31.440s +5.006s 11. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m31.783s +5.349s
Raikkonen goes straight up the order with a time of 1:26:011, and within 0.5 second of Hamilton in p1.
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Following on from the Spanish Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari now embarks on a week of work on two fronts, in Maranello and also Barcelona, where Kimi Raikkonen will be at the wheel for the fifth test session of 2014.
President Montezemolo made it very clear last Friday in Barcelona that the work carried out to date has not been up to the required Ferrari standards and the team plans to use this two pronged programme to revamp the development of the F14 T, after struggling in the early part of the season.
Clearly, the Scuderia Team Principal, Marco Mattiacci is involved in this process. After a month in the role, he is continuing with the task of analysing and evaluating the team and its working methods. “Today, we are all aware of the situation in which we find ourselves and that we have to step up a gear immediately,” he told http://www.ferrari.com. “At the same time, we are practical people who believe in hard work and we have set ourselves challenging goals. I like to talk facts and we have two extremely motivated and combative drivers, as well as a cohesive working group, all of whom fully share and support the idea of delivering a new winning cycle.”
While Spain clearly showed up some of the weak points in the F14 T, it is equally clear that the engineers in Maranello are working methodically and without panicking on both the short term and on establishing a development programme for future races. Therefore the two days of testing at the Catalunya circuit will be useful for moving forward with the update plan, alongside the work going on behind the scenes in Maranello, hoping that this work on two fronts from the entire time will pay off in double quick time.