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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

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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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Barcelona Test – Day 2: Kimi’s thoughts

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Kimi Raikkonen wrapped up his second stint in the Ferrari SF-15T with another strong showing at the Circuit de Catalunya, declaring everything on the car ‘has improved’ over the winter.

Having raised eyebrows with its consistently good pace in Jerez, Ferrari has maintained its strong beginning to the year as Raikkonen picked up a brace of second place times on day one and two around the Spanish venue.

Indeed, though Raikkonen was frustrated to lose time with teething issues on the second day, he was still only 0.010secs shy of Daniel Ricciardo, ensuring he hasn’t completed any one of his four days in the car below second place.

“It was not an ideal day, we had some small issues we didn’t run as much as we wanted,” he conceded. “It was a bit of a trickier day but we tried some more things and we learned.

When asked how far he feels the car has progressed since the end of the 2014 season, Raikkonen says testing make it hard to gauge but he feels there has been a step forward in every area.

“It’s too early to say but we’re doing our own stuff and we’ve been pretty happy with how things have gone so far,” he continued. “Obviously there are still things to improve but so far it’s not so bad.

“Every area of the car – the engine, the packaging – everything has been improved. We are going in the right direction.”

Raikkonen will hand the car over to Sebastian Vettel for the remaining two days of the test.

[ Source: crash.net ]