Rob Wilson was Kimi’s driving coach/mentor during his Formula Renault career and it’s safe to say he knows Kimi’s nature and driving style better than anybody in the motorsport world. Listen to Wilson talk with Peter Windsor about this year’s hottest and most anticipated pairing at Ferrari:
Rob Wilson – “Kimi can complete a single lap faster than anybody.”
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There are now only a few days to go to the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season and this year, like never before, there is a great sense of anticipation to see the cars take to the track on Friday in Albert Park. For Kimi Raikkonen, there’s an extra reason why it will feel special, because he will be starting his second stint at Ferrari. Most recently, the Finn won this race in 2013, but he also did it back in 2007, when he made his Ferrari debut, thus joining a select band who triumphed first time out for the Prancing Horse, drivers of the calibre of Juan Manuel Fangio, Mario Andretti and Nigel Mansell. Only one other driver managed it after Kimi and that was his current team-mate, Fernando Alonso.
“I remember very well my first win with Ferrari,” Kimi said. “It couldn’t have been a better start to my seventh year in Formula 1, with a dominant win from pole. Winning always feels great for me. Nothing could be better. Last year, we also managed to win, which certainly surprised people because unlike 2007, at Lotus we weren’t favourites. So, if I had to compare the two Australian wins, somehow, winning it last year for the second time felt even a little bit nicer after such a difficult pre-season testing period.
“Australia is a great place to start the season, Melbourne is a wonderful city and, for us Europeans it always feels a bit special to be in this different part of the world. Only the weather is not always that nice,” added Raikkonen. “I can remember only one GP here where there was sunshine all the time. Of course, I’d prefer dry and hot weekends, especially this year with a completely new car and so many technical aspects still to be understood completely.”
Kimi ran the Albert Park track programme on the simulator today, to try and anticipate unusual situations that could arise because of the characteristics of the 2014 car. “The track is not that difficult and it’s a combination of a street circuit and a permanent race track and the event is very well organised. Sure, if your car is not well balanced then life can get difficult because you can lose a lot of time compared to those have got it right. If it rains, then the track is very, very slippery and the white lines can be really treacherous.”
The Espoo man won’t be drawn into what could be the possible outcome of the race: “Making predictions has never been my habit and this year there is even more reason not to. We are heading Down Under with brand new cars and I reckon it is wide open and anything can happen. In Maranello, we have worked hard and the F14 T seems to be a good car, but the track will tell who is quickest. When we start running to see where we are, we will at least have some data to give us a starting point.”
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At last night’s Academy Awards in Hollywood, “Rush” was shut out of any nominations, which would seem to remove any racing element of the show. That said, Chris Hemsworth (James Hunt) still appeared as a presenter, and Leonardo DiCaprio has an FIA Formula E team he can still win with since he lost out for Best Actor to Matthew McConaughey.
Perhaps the biggest moment of the show though was when Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres got together with a number of A-list celebrities and took a “selfie.” That selfie generated more than 2 million retweets on Twitter, to become the most retweeted tweet of all-time.
And in the hours since, that selfie has generated hundreds of memes, where other faces are plastered onto the celebrities.
It’s at this point we show you that Fernando Alonso discovered a meme where F1 drivers’ faces are on the celebrities, originating from Twitter user @EvenstarSaima.
— KimiRäikkönenSpace (@EvenstarSaima) March 3, 2014
Not sure who did this, just found here on twitter, but it’s epic..😂😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/jc04Wid9fI
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 3, 2014
Those featured include Lotus’ pair of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean, both looking pained. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo are on as well, with their facial expressions providing a good representation of their preseason struggles.
Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez of Force India have grumpy faces, odd considering Force India’s considerable pace in testing. Meanwhile Mercedes factory drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton look happy, again, which would match how well their preseason testing went. Hamilton’s bulldog Roscoe appears nearby.
Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen appear as well, Alonso of course with his famous “selfie” taken from the Italian Grand Prix to capture the “tifosi” Photoshopped in. Williams’ Felipe Massa rounds out the lineup.
Kudos to Alonso for discovering it and props to @EvenstarSaima for the creation.
I seriously didn’t think it would explode like this but since the original had 2 million retweets, why not :p Pity that Alonso had to use a cropped version of the image without the KRS logo and my name. Here’s a list of websites where my picture has been mentioned:
- Spanish newspaper Vozpopuli
- Brazilian F1 Broadcaster website GloboEsporte
- Finnish website SuomiF1
- WTF1.co.uk: In case you missed the Oscars, allow me to sum it up for you. Leonardo Di Caprio didn’t win again, Brad Pitt ate a pizza and Ellen DeGeneres took a selfie that has now become the most retweeted tweet on Twitter, ever. While Rush got no recognition at the Oscars, EvenstarSaima of Kimi Raikkonen Space was determined to get F1 at the Oscars and put together this awesome photoshop.
Enjoy the best F1 selfie since Fernando Alonso at Monza.
Lewis Hamilton returned Mercedes to the top of the times while Red Bull’s struggles continued during the final pre-season Formula 1 test of 2014 in Bahrain.
Fernando Alonso was at the wheel of the F14 T for the final day of winter testing for Scuderia Ferrari and the other ten Formula 1 teams.
In the morning, the team worked with Fernando on fine tuning some electronic configurations linked to optimising the use of energy in the new power unit. Before the lunch break, work was halted by the need to change the gearbox on the car.
In the afternoon, the technical programme moved on to a series of short and long runs to check the management of systems on the F14 T.
Over the past four days in Sakhir, the F14 T has completed a total of 337 laps, equivalent to 1.823 kilometres.
Kimi will have a few days rest before resuming season preparations in Maranello with further simulator work.
The next time the cars will be on track will be on Friday 14 March in Melbourne’s Albert Park, when the curtain goes up on the first free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix.
TEST IN NUMBERS
Top times from complete Bahrain tests 1. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1m 33.258s, 202 laps 2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1m 33.278s, 159 laps 3. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1m 33.484s, 192 laps 4. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1m 33.987s, 236 laps 5. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1m 34.280s, 196 laps 6. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1m 35.290s, 213 laps 7. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 35.426s, 141 laps 8. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1m 35.577s, 189 laps 9. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1m 35.701s, 135 laps 10. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1m 35.743s, 105 laps 11. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren, 1m 35.894s, 197 laps 12. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1m 36.113s, 137 laps 13. Adrian Sutil, Sauber, 1m 36.467s, 181 laps 14. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1m 36.835s, 105 laps 15. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1m 36.901s, 74 laps 16. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1m 37.087s, 153 laps 17. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1m 37.303s, 192 laps 18. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1m 37.468s, 77 laps 19. Marcus Ericsson, Caterham, 1m 38.083s, 172 laps 20. Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham, 1m 38.391s, 125 laps 21. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1m 39.302s, 65 laps 22. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1m 40.599s, 62 laps Total laps in second Bahrain test - by team (power unit, where different): 1. Williams (Mercedes), 438 2. Force India (Mercedes), 402 3. Sauber (Ferrari), 373 4. Mercedes, 351 5. Ferrari, 337 6. Caterham (Renault), 297 7. Toro Rosso (Renault), 272 8. McLaren (Mercedes), 271 9. Marussia (Ferrari), 258 10. Red Bull (Renault), 182 11. Lotus (Renault), 127
Domenicali: “At the end of this session we have done around 4000km, Mercedes close to 5000, Williams more or less close to that number, that mans at the end of the day they prepare better for the start of the season,” he said.
“It’s a fact, so we have to start from this consideration, knowing that there is a huge amount of work to be done.
“Williams and Mercedes seem to be in very good shape, but that’s what we have seen so far. I think we have a good base and we need to develop it.
“There is a lot of potential that needs to be discovered, that is the objective our engineers have to fix as soon as possible because the points we will score at the beginning of the season will be very heavy.”
Australia: Medium & Soft Malaysia: Hard & Medium Bahrain: medium & Soft China: Medium & Soft
Ferrari had a quiet morning on Kimi Raikkonen’s final day in the car, and it finally managed to carry out some race simulation work with the Finn in the final two hours of the day.
That left just enough time for some short runs just before the end, which enabled the 2007 world champion to set the third-fastest time.
12:30 As the recovery truck heads back to the paddock, we have a little over two hours to go here. If we have any more disruptions that could prove costly to Raikkonen’s hopes of getting a race simulation in.
13:03 That first stint from Raikkonen was three laps longer than Alonso’s opener yesterday afternoon, and on average it was around 0.3s per lap slower than the Spaniard managed.
13:36 Raikkonen pits for a second time in this race simulation. Ferrari are running this ‘race’ slightly differently to Alonso’s yesterday, giving Raikkonen a much longer second stint than his team-mate did.
Edd Straw (@autosport on Kimi’s bad luck in testing): “Sometimes things just go that way. With only 12 days of testing, usually one driver will be the unfortunate one. For example, prior to today, with one day left for each, Nico Rosberg was about 500km up the road from Lewis Hamilton.
“Certainly, Raikkonen has been extremely unfortunate – and has had problems again today – but he’s a professional, experienced driver and it won’t disadvantage him. As he would doubtless say, he knows what he’s doing!
“Given the learning curve teams are on with these engines, it would be impossible to build your programme around trying to give one driver the more high-risk days, and there would be no benefit to doing so.”
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m33.258s 99 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.484s +0.226s 103 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.426s +2.168s 87 4. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.894s +2.636s 88 5. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m36.113s +2.855s 81 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m36.205s +2.947s 115 7. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m37.087s +3.829s 78 8. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m38.083s +4.825s 117 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m42.166s +8.908s 33 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 0
The sun was still shining on Scuderia Ferrari as it tackled the penultimate day of testing at the Sakhir Circuit. It marked Kimi Raikkonen’s final test appearance prior to the Finn getting back behind the wheel of the F14 T at the Australian GP in twelve days’ time.
In the morning, after a series of laps, the team had to deal with a problem relating to a connector, which meant the mechanics had to partially dismantle the car to get it fully sorted out.
In the afternoon, Kimi did some short runs as well as a race simulation, including some live practice pit stops. Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will be on track for the final day of the test.
Kimi Raikkonen: “I’d hoped to do more laps, but this wasn’t an easy day. We lost some time this morning when we had to fix something on the car, but then we managed to make up for some of it in the afternoon. Running a race distance, we continued to get more data relating to fuel consumption strategies and tyre degradation, even though the strong wind upset the driving a lot. I’d like to be able to say we did better, but there’s still one more day with Fernando to continue our preparation for Melbourne.”
This morning’s work soon got delayed, because of a problem on the car that took some time to fix before the lunch break. Once back on track in the afternoon, Kimi managed to run regularly, alternating between aero measurements and a series of set-up tests over short runs.
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will be on track.
“We had a small problem today, which limited the number of laps but still managed to learn some new things about the car” – said Kimi. “You always want to do better, but every team has unexpected things happen and we are still trying to do all we can to be ready for Melbourne.
“During the race weekends there will be little time to try different things in terms of setup, so it was important today to keep on this track to find out what’s the best direction to go in. On the final day of the test, we will put everything together that we have learned so far and will concentrate on the conditions we will encounter in the races.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m35.290s 105 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m36.184s +0.894s 128 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.432s +1.142s 54 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.624s +1.334s 89 5. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.700s +2.410s 89 6. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.825s +2.535s 109 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m37.908s +2.618s 39 8. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m38.610s +3.320s 44 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m39.242s +3.952s 56 10. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m40.599s +5.309s 31 11. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m42.285s +6.995s 19
Kimi Raikkonen is targeting completing a race distance on his final day of Formula 1 testing on Saturday after a difficult first day in Bahrain.The Finn managed only 54 laps today, ending the day third fastest, 1.142s off Sergio Perez’s fastest time of the day.He hands over to Fernando Alonso tomorrow but is scheduled to return for the penultimate day, which should be his last run in the car before Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix on March 14.
The Finn has completed fewer laps than Alonso so far in pre-season testing, with the Spaniard having been able to do some longer runs.
“We will try to do the race distance, for sure,” said Raikkonen when asked what the focus will be for his final day in the car. “
“I haven’t even tried to do it yet. I think Fernando did it so that’s something that we are hopefully going to do and just see where we are really.
“[Beyond that], just normal things, trying things, learning again and hopefully we will be ready for the first race of the year.”
MTV3 Interview with Kimi, with subtitles
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Once again, it takes place in Bahrain, an ideal location because of its temperate climate, similar to that which the drivers and teams can expect to encounter at many of the opening rounds of the 2014 season.
Tomorrow and Saturday, Kimi Raikkonen will be on driving duty for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso at the wheel on Friday and Sunday. Testing runs from 9 in the morning to 5.30 pm, with a 30 minute lunch break at 1 o’clock.
The Scuderia’s work schedule is already mapped out. These four days will see a continuation of the work of shaking down and fine tuning all the components on the car, with particular attention focusing on the new power unit, which will be signed off on Friday in accordance with the FIA”s homologation process.
In the mornings, the team will also work on doing runs to check all the new systems, as well as continuing to look at set-up. The afternoon will see some long run tests, while monitoring all the elements of the F14 T, as well as evaluating the how the car works with the Pirelli tyres.
The season preview issue of F1Racing magazine arrived yesterday and it’s a good read. Here’s a feature on the Raikkonen vs Alonso battle in Ferrari; predictions and opinion from former Ferrari F1 champion Jody Scheckter. Note – he is quite pro-Alonso on his judgement but all the more for Kimi to prove him and other critics wrong – and we love an underdog right!? Will 2014 echo the 2005 season perhaps?
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Kimi Raikkonen is still unsure how competitive Ferrari is after eight days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in 2014.
The 2007 F1 world champion set the seventh fastest time overall across four days of running in Bahrain last week, just behind double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso, who drove the car on the first two days.
While Raikkonen played down the disruption caused by a crash at the end of the final day, telemetry issues earlier in the week prevented the Scuderia from undertaking a race-run at the Sakhir circuit.
Raikkonen reckons the team has proven the reliability of its package, but he is yet to get an idea of how Ferrari stacks up against its opposition.
“We’re not really so impressive in our lap time but we will see exactly where we are in Australia in the first race,” he said.
“From the reliability aspect we are OK, but speed-wise I don’t know where we are.
“I think we are not too bad really. There are lots of things to do still, and obviously I know our own situation but I’ve no idea what the others are doing.
“We’ll keep doing our work and hopefully find out we are more or less where we should be.”
Raikkonen said Ferrari still needed to work on its engine and improve the set-up of the F14 T.
“It’s not too bad. Power-wise we will have to see next week what we can do, but it’s not any major issue,” he added.
“There are little things we still want to improve and we will just try to understand a little bit the changes and what the car will do.
“It’s pretty OK right now, but we want to improve and there is still a long way to go before the season.
“Obviously everything is different [this year] so we are trying to learn. Next week we can put it all together and see where we are.”
Kimi Raikkonen bounced back from a telemetry issue yesterday to log 82 laps for Ferrari and post the third quickest time on Pirelli’s soft tyre. He got within two tenths of Fernando Alonso’s best lap on day two, but brought the test to an early halt when he crashed his Ferrari at Turn 4.
This was the final day of the second pre-season test session for Scuderia Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen again at the wheel of the F14 T. It was a productive day and the team managed to get through all of its planned technical programme, despite the fact that the F14 T hit the barriers when there were five minutes remaining, which brought the test to a premature end.
This morning, the work focussed on car set-up, an evaluation of the Medium and Soft tyres and on fine tuning the start procedure. In the afternoon, there was aerodynamic work on the agenda, as well as some long runs.
Kimi completed 82 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.36.718. Over the four days at Sakhir, the F14 T did a total of 287 laps, equivalent to 1,553 kilometres.
“We have managed to improve some things compared to Jerez and we continue to understand more about the behaviour of the car. We tried various solutions to try and be as well prepared as possible for next week’s test and for the start of the season. Hitting the barrier? I spun on the kerb at the exit of turn 4, these things can happen! Luckily, it was right at the end of the day, I’m only sorry because it means the team now has more work to do.”
Scuderia Ferrari and the ten other Formula 1 teams will take part in the third and final test prior to the start of the season, beginning on 27 February, again at the Sakhir circuit.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.283s 89 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.957s +1.674s 66 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.718s +3.435s 82 4. Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1m37.569s +4.286s 87 5. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m38.707s +5.424s 59 6. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m39.258s +5.975s 19 7. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m39.837s +6.554s 15 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m40.472s +7.189s 19 9. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m43.027s +9.744s 17 10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m45.094s +11.811s 4 11. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari no time 5 12. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari no time 5
The second pre-season test has come to an end and Kimi Raikkonen shares his thoughts on his two days at the wheel of the Ferrari F14 T. “I still can’t say how quick we are as it’s just the second test of the season and it’s hard to have an idea of what the order is among the teams. One thing’s certain, the more we get to know the car, the quicker we will be. I think that even after the next test in Bahrain we won’t have the answers and we will have to wait until we are in Australia to understand more. The car is still a laboratory and there are various things we have to finish learning about and to test. I have to say there is still a lot of work to do before we can say we are a hundred percent ready.”
The Finn is no more concerned about his rivals than usual. “Certainly the Mercedes powered teams have gone well here, but we had our programme and there’s nothing to say that those who were quickest were on the same one as us. As I’ve said, this is a test and in testing you try things out and it won’t get serious until Melbourne onwards. We are not interested at the moment in chasing performance, rather we are looking for reliability to ensure we finish the opening races without any problems. Even the laps we did on the softer tyres were not aimed at performance, but at evaluating what set-up to use for this type of tyre. I’m not concerned about the long runs the others did, as we are working on our own programme and we plan to do long runs next week.”
The Finn’s test ended with a crash, five minutes from the end of the session. “At the end, it wasn’t a technical problem, I just spun at turn 4 and damaged the car. But I don’t think it will be a problem to fix it for next week. Maybe I went too wide on a kerb, which caused the wheels to slide and I lost control of the car and hit the barrier”.
The 2007 world champion lost control of the F14 T on the exit of Turn 4 and speared into the wall, ripping off the left front wheel and causing an early halt to proceedings.
“I was on a kerb and got some fairly massive wheelspin,” said Raikkonen. “I couldn’t catch it anymore and unfortunately it went directly into the wall and damaged the car.
“Things happen so I wouldn’t say it’s my fault. We improved the settings a lot and it’s not too bad, but there’s a lot of torque in the car.”
Raikkonen had earlier set the third fastest time on a day when Mercedes dominated the timesheet once again.
The Finn’s crash and the telemetry issue he suffered on Friday have limited Ferrari’s running and delayed a plan to try a race run with the F14 T.
But Raikkonen does not feel this puts the team at a disadvantage compared to Mercedes, which completed a race run of more than 50 laps with Nico Rosberg at the wheel on day four.
“We always want more laps, but today we didn’t have any problems,” Raikkonen added.
“Obviously I damaged the car with the crash and there were many red flags, but we did more or less what we wanted to. I don’t think it’s an issue.
“We could do long runs but the plan was to do something different. In the next test for sure we can do them.”
“I spun and crashed in the wall unfortunately,” Raikkonen said. “I destroyed the car quite badly but luckily we can fix it, it’s just a little bit of work unfortunately. But that’s how it goes. Maybe it was me, but sometimes it happens and it’s not like it’s the end of the world even if people like to think it is. I just got wheelspin and went to the inside and into the wall.”
Raikkonen said Ferrari would start to explore the potential of its car at the final test next week.
“I think it’s not too bad. Lap time wise I don’t know yet, we will have to see next week, but there are not any major issues. There are things we want to improve and we can improve, but we’re just trying to understand what happens when you change things [with the set-up], what the car will do. Every car is different and it’s hard to know, but we are getting some idea what we want to do. I think it’s pretty okay, but for sure we want to improve and there is a long way to go.”
The 34-year-old missed the final two races of the 2013 season to have surgery on a long-standing back injury – reported to have been caused by a testing accident in 2001 for Sauber – but the Finn insists he is now fighting fit once more.
“It has been okay since I had the operation and hopefully it stays like that,” he said. “With these things you never know, it has been there for a long time and some days it is good and the next day it might not be. It is one of those things, but it has been much, much better.”
A slightly more complicated morning than the previous two for the Ferrari F14 T, at the third day of testing for the Scuderia and ten other Formula 1 teams at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.
On his first day, Kimi Raikkonen got off to a good start, carrying out aerodynamic tests, as well as working on set-up and doing some practice starts.
Then progress slowed as the team had to sort out a telemetry connection problem, which although trivial took up a lot of time. It is to be expected as Formula 1 embarks on an era with more emphasis on technology than ever before.
With no pressing need to chase performance, the team decided to have an in-depth look at the problem, so as to get the most out of the new systems, once the telemetry glitch had been sorted.
On the weather front, it’s another beautiful sunny day here and the wind has dropped to a gentle breeze since yesterday.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.263s 67 2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.976s +0.713s 103 3. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m37.066s +2.803s 60 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.180s +2.917s 96 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m37.367s +3.104s 57 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.476s +3.213s 44 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m38.974s +4.711s 57 8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m39.642s +5.379s 26 9. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m40.781s +6.518s 28 10. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m42.130s +7.867s 98 11. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m46.672s +12.409s 4 12. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes no time 55
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Scuderia Ferrari is now in Bahrain and team personnel are preparing the garage at the Sakhir circuit, where the second pre-season test gets underway tomorrow. There are four days of track action, running up to Saturday.
With the track located on the edge of the desert, temperatures are ideal for testing, currently hovering around the 20 degree mark. Less pleasant is the wind which is blowing hard today, bringing quite a bit of sand onto the track. One cannot therefore expect to see any particularly fast times on the first day, as the surface will be rather dirty.
Fernando Alonso will be first on track for Scuderia Ferrari, running on the first two days, before handing over to Kimi Raikkonen for Friday and Saturday.
The emphasis over the next four days will be mainly on checking all the systems and control parameters of the F14 T. In addition, the programme will include set-up work, helped by the fact that Sakhir is a more representative circuit for comparing the data obtained over the past few days in the simulator, as well on the tyre front.
The engineers will also be relying on the expertise of Alonso and Raikkonen to move forward with the development of the car.
Finally, great attention will be paid to the behaviour of the 059/3 power unit, which has been the focus of a lot of work in the last few weeks. In fact, the power unit has to be presented to the FIA to be signed off as homologated by 28 February.
Red Bull: Sebastian Vettel – Wednesday and Thursday; Daniel Ricciardo – Friday and Saturday.
Lotus: Romain Grosjean – Wednesday and Thursday; Pastor Maldonado – Friday and Saturday.
McLaren: Kevin Magnussen – Wednesday and Thursday; Jenson Button – Friday and Saturday.
Force India: Nico Hulkenberg – Wednesday and Thursday; Sergio Perez – Friday and Saturday.
Marussia: Jules Bianchi – Wednesday and Saturday; Max Chilton on Thursday and Friday.
Caterham: Robin Frijns – Wednesday; Kamui Kobayashi – Thursday and Saturday; Marcus Ericsson – Friday.
Commentary and timing links to follow the tests:
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Dark clouds form over Maranello
Whenever there is a state of all being well, one should take the opportunity to enjoy and take in the positive vibe that is all around before, inevitably, the harsh reality of life kicks in and the moment is lost. Perhaps this where the saying comes from, Nothing lasts forever, so live for the moment!
In light of the comments made last week by a certain Brazilian who has moved to Williams for 2014, it would seem the moment where all was well has passed for Fernando Alonso. Whilst he hardly spent any time in Maranello on the sim tirelessly plugging away learning new tracks, he actually did just this but in his home in Oviedo, Spain, instead.
In years gone by where the Spaniard was clearly the undisputed no.1 there was no need to embrace the Ferrari family sentiment as he was unchallenged and for all intents and purposes, untouchable. The man who twice had come within a whisker of claiming the title for the Scuderia, only for a team error to cost him in 2010 and lady luck to intervene in 2012 – (although I know there will be a few who disagree with the 2012 assessment).
Why all this matters I hear you ask? Kimi is hardly known for being the ‘friendly’ sort of team player who will ask ‘How high?’ every time the team says ‘Jump.’ TheJudge13 sources say that the Kimi that has returned is almost unrecognisable from the Kimi that left in 2009. Putting the hard hours into his simulator work both days of the weekend is a far cry from what would be expected normally from the Finn.
Furthermore, he spent Wednesday at the factory meeting up with ‘old friends’ and trying to persuade Luca to let him test the LaFerrari on the Fiorano track, only stopped in this pursuit by the fading light. Kimi had another seat fitting as he was unhappy with his previous ride position, demonstrating the perfectionist the Finn has become.
Not being reported elsewhere, but this is the third time Kimi has been to Marnello since resigning for the red team. Reportedly, he is welcomed back like a long lost son at every visit. If this is the case, then wouldn’t that now make Alonso the prodigal son?
Any avid football fans will remember how Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea during his stint with Inter Milan. That day he proved that actions do genuinely speak louder than words, seeking the custard cream distributor and munching away. He showed he still know that place like the back of his hand, exactly as Kimi is doing right now in Maranello.
So the man who journalists would have you believe ‘doesn’t do politics’ is putting in the hard hours to, once again, be the favoured one within the Ferrari family. No war of words is required with Alonso, leaving his Samurai quotes null and void. Kimi is not wasting his energy with multiple blows, just a few sharp ones – which is hurting Alonso. Dark clouds are forming over Maranello as the war begins.
The Taming of Kimi Räikkönen
As the gavel wielding one has written a few paragraphs north from here, Kimi 2.0 has become quite a perfectionist. And although he is still capable of pulling memorable moments, like the “leave me alone” comment over team radio, he’s a far cry from the wild boy, who was filmed falling off a boat in a drunken stupor. He was even caught a few times on camera actually talking to journalists last year.
Now, those of a naive disposition will conclude that Kimi has matured over the years, but they are deluding themselves. Men are and always will be oversized children. If you want to test the theory, lock several guys in a room with a model train set or a scalextric kit. The only difference to a group of small boys will be, that men will get hogwashly bladdered in the process as they’ll drink beer instead of soda. Give them BMX bikes in the summer or sleighs and a hill in the winter and you’ll witness an impromptu session of “jackass”.
What you just saw flying out of the window was the maturity theory. The only one, who can make a grown male of the species resemble something like a responsible adult is a woman, usually referred to as “the right one”, which means that not every woman has that effect on a man. Which would mean that Jenni Dahlman, former miss Scandinavia and wife to Kimi Räikkönen for eight years was not the one to achieve that.
The one, who seems to have pulled off the miracle goes by the name Minttu Virtanen and if the Finnish yellow press is to be believed she did not only tame Kimi into Kimi 2.0, she’s also working on a completely new one. Since the pair is one of the main interest of the Finnish rags, they are usually well informed about them and if that latest bit of news proves correct, Kimi will join Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado in the club of those, who in recent years submitted their genetic make-up for long-time storage.
Maybe Bernie should invest in a Kindergarten, rather than the Nürburgring.
So what do you think? Despite winning the championship in his debut season for the Scuderia, the team felt Kimi wasn’t the true leader they hoped for after Schumacher’s departure – I recall Domenicali saying this after Kimi left F1. Has Kimi realised that in order to be at the true height of success at Ferrari he must put in the extra hours and genuine desire to beat Alonso both on and off the track? I must admit myself, being a fan for over 10 years, that it has been a little out of character for Kimi to be so frequently present at the headquarters.
But I don’t think it’s the influence of a new woman – Kimi loves racing since he was a kid (you’ve only got to watch Prelude to see why) and how he left Ferrari hurt him but he still has huge respect for those guys who work hard inside the team. Sure, he may be like a sick puppy in love right now, but it has nothing to do with his new mentality – leaving F1 did Kimi a world of good and he had no woman by his side during that time except his mother. He came back to Formula 1 as an improved man two years ago already. At Lotus we saw Kimi stand up for himself over the unpaid salary. Now we are seeing Kimi making right what he feels was missing from his previous term at Ferrari. Afterall, even athletes must learn from their mistakes? Tell us your thoughts!
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A second day in Maranello for Raikkonen. For much of the day, Kimi worked on the simulator, recreating the conditions he will experience in the F14 T in Bahrain for next week’s second test of the 2014 season from 19 to 22 February.
During a break, Kimi decided to take a stroll through parts of the factory he hadn’t seen for years, starting with the production line for the 8 and 12 cylinder cars, before visiting the engine assembly area and the styling centre.
Kimi has always been interested in the technical side of cars and he had plenty of questions regarding the manufacturing and styling ideas for the Ferraris of the future. The Finn, who won the championship in 2007 with Ferrari, had his photo taken with the employees who gathered around.
Apart from the inevitable requests for autographs, he was also exhorted to repeat his 2007 feat!
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As Stefano Domenicali mentioned this morning in the interview he gave, Kimi Raikkonen is seen more and more often in Maranello, proof that he plans to get even more involved than in the past as he embarks on his second adventure with the Prancing Horse.
Today, Kimi’s schedule involved several meetings with the engineers to prepare the programme for the upcoming test sessions in Bahrain, as well as fine tuning his driving position in the cockpit of the F14 T.
This year’s race car was not the only Ferrari Kimi was keen to see close up and he ended the day having his first drive in a LaFerrari, the road car that represents the very essence of what makes the cars built in Maranello unique in the world. The Finn soon felt comfortable behind the wheel of the supercar, but there wasn’t enough time for him to test its performance on the Fiorano track. That will be for the next time, as Kimi feels ever more at home in Maranello!
Video: Kimi at the launch @00:47mins
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali says that his team has started the new era of hybrid turbo technology “in the right way” and added that in new signing Kimi Raikonnen he has a driver who knows that for Ferrari, “finishing second is a tragedy.”
In an extensive interview with Gazzetta dello Sport today, the 48 year old team principal says that there he is pleased with the way his team has responded to falling short the last few years – he has a photo on his office wall of the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debacle which cost Fernando Alonso and Ferrari the world title; a reminder not to get complacent as things can change quickly in F1.
Ferrari’s new engine covered 444 laps of Jerez in the back of the works car, the Sauber and the Marussia, which made a late start and the works car seemed to be able to do the mileage without too many problems.
“In a very different kind of contest from previous years we needed to confirm certain fundamental parameters and we have done that,” said Domenicali. “It is a sign of the robustness of our project which gives us hope. But we must be careful; in terms of performance we haven’t seen anything yet from anyone. We will only know where everyone is after the second Bahrain test.” (22 February – 2 March)
“From a reliability point of view Mercedes has started well, also its customer teams have covered a lot of kilometres.”
As for Red Bull, Domenicali is cautious and refuses “to write off such a powerful adversary” after the team’s extensive reliability problems in the first test in Jerez. “If they have isolated the problem they can make up the lost kilometres,” he said.
On the main talking point around Ferrari this year, the driver pairing that all of Formula 1 is looking forward to seeing in action, Alonso and Raikkonen, the Ferrari boss says that the decision to put them together was “rational, not emotional” and adds that Raikkonen is “extremely motivated and has the experience to manage a difficult championship, such as this year’s will be. He knows how to handle the pressure of driving alongside Alonso and driving for Ferrari, which is always under the spotlight and for whom finishing second is a tragedy.”
(Compared to the last time he was at Ferrari in 2009, Raikkonen “is more mature, more expert, closer to the team. He’s already been to Maranello a lot; he comes he almost every week. He knows what he is capable of. He knows that this is an important challenge for him. He knows what he has to do with a champion like Alonso, with whim he has to work in an integrated way.”
There are a couple of other interesting notes from the interview; responding to Bernie Ecclestone’s comment that the new hybrid formula is “a farce”, Domenicali is cautious on making pronouncements too soon, but interestingly notes that, “we need to be prepared to intervene if the new F1 is losing something in terms of emotional appeal.”
On the controversial new rule to double the points for the final race in Abu Dhabi, Domenicali says that “rules must be respected,” but adds, “If we want to say that this is too artificial, this is true.”
Ferrari have bought into the whole ‘Fire & Ice’ concept describing their drivers -Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen – and have released a graphic (above) to that effect. Raikkonen, popularly known as the Iceman, has number 7 etched in a block of ice, while fiery Spaniard Alonso’s number 14 is glowing red hot and set amongst flames.
Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have chosen 7 and 14 respectively as their racing numbers for this year.
Both numbers have already proved victorious in Formula 1 on Ferraris, but their glory days are ripe for revival. The number 7 first appeared on a Prancing Horse car in the 1953 British Grand Prix on Luigi Villoresi’s 500. The Italian started from sixth on the grid but retired with a technical problem while lying third. As for the 14, that was first seen on the Ferrari 125 of British privateer Peter Whitehead. He started the 1950 French Grand Prix last, but worked his way up to third at the flag.
In 36 events with the number 7, Ferrari won twice, both times courtesy of John Surtees in the German GPs of 1963 and ’64. It also took four second places, five thirds and a further eleven points finishes. Therefore it hasn’t won for 50 years and it will be up to Kimi to end that particular drought. Eight Ferrari drivers have carried the number 7, with Felipe Massa doing so most often, bearing it 19 times in 2010.
Number 14 raced 23 times but only won once, thanks to Peter Collins in the 1956 French GP. Several names were linked to it on track: 18 in all, partly down to the rule that during the Fifties, organisers only allocated even numbers. The most regular user of 14, at least until this year’s Spanish Grand Prix, is the 1958 World Champion, Mike Hawthorn, who raced with it four times, the last occasion being that magical year’s Italian Grand Prix, where he finished second. 14 racked up a further four second places, a third and a further three points finishes. The last time this number was used by a Ferrari driver dates back to 1970, the Austrian Grand Prix to be precise, when Ignazio Giunti finished seventh at the wheel of a 312B.
Raikkonen and Alonso will line up on the grid as teammates, for Ferrari, at the 2014 season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 16 March.
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One of the most intriguing sideshows of the 2014 season will be whether or not Alonso and new teammate Kimi Raikkonen will gel within the most famous team in the sport.
The Finn – popularly known as the Iceman – has returned to the Scuderia with whom he won the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship – the Maranello outfit’s last title triumph.
Alonso said of Raikkonen, “I think he’s very talented so that is a huge help and a huge motivation for myself first, and also for the team, because the team knows it has to deliver a good car because Kimi will deliver a good result.”
“I know I need to deliver my best, if not I cannot be in front of Kimi, so that is only good and positive news for Ferrari,” said the two time World Champion.
Asked if two F1 World Championship titles were enough to satisfy his ambitions, Alonso said, “If you ask me this question in 10 years’ time I will tell you less, because two Championships are more than I could dream.”
“If you ask me right now and I am in a middle of a competition, I am hungry for victories; hungry for success – I will tell you that two Championships are not enough,” he added.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is not so sure Fernando Alonso will have an easy time alongside new Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen in 2013.
Grosjean, however, may also be well placed to comment, given that he too has been paired in Formula 1 with both Alonso (2009) and more recently with Raikkonen at Lotus.
“Good luck to them!” he grinned to Brazil’s Totalrace. ”They are two very strong personalities. It will be interesting. Kimi is very much like Fernando in several respects. Both like to be number one, so we’ll see what happens.”
“If there is something I could learn from Kimi and Fernando it is that they never quit. Whenever they get into the car, they get 100 per cent from it, whether it is a good car, bad car, if it’s dry, wet.”
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Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the two highest paid drivers in Formula 1 this year according to a report by The Richest.
Alonso, starting his fifth year as a Ferrari driver, and Hamilton, in his second year with Mercedes, are reportedly each earning €20 million, with McLaren’s Jenson Button and quadruple wortld champion Sebastian Vettel banking €16 million from Red Bull.
Interestingly Kimi Raikkonen, who returns to Ferrari, is driving for €10 million this year half what his teammate Alonso is pocketing. The Finn was the last driver to win the world title for Ferrari when he did so back in 2007 during his first stint with the Maranello outfit. He reportedly received a similar amount back in 2009 to make for Alonso in the team.
Red Bull new boy Daniel Ricciardo will bank €2.5 million in his debut season with the world champion team.
Sergio Perez will be earning €2 million as a Force India driver, while his teammate Nico Hulkenberg does not feature in the top ten list.
Banking €1.5 million in 2014 will be Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, while his teammate Pastor Maldonado is thought to have sponsorship at his disposal amounting to €35 million from Venezuelan government oil company PDVSA. How much of that is payment to Lotus is unknown. (GP247)
Top 10 Formula 1 earners of 2014:
1. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – €20 million ($27.14 million)
& Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – €20 million ($27.14 million)
3. Jenson Button – McLaren – €16 million ($21.71 million)
& Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull – €16 million ($21.71 million)
5. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – €11 million ($14.93 million)
6. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – €10 million ($13.57 million)
7. Felipe Massa – Williams – €4 million ($5.43 million)
8. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – €2.5 million ($3.3 million)
9. Sergio Perez – Force India – €2 million ($2.71 million)
10. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – €1.5 million ($2.04 million)
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“Kimi was my idol at a young age. I drove karts when he began his Formula One career. It would be great to drive against him in a race, a real honour.”
“I believe that all Scandinavians like Kimi; his style and his talent behind the wheel,” Ericsson told MTV3.
Ericsson does not feel he is like Räikkönen as a person.
“Kimi is Kimi and I’m myself.”
Ericsson said he’s been to Finland a few times but has no other connections to Finland, or actually… there’s one connection he’d like to mention: “Usually we beat Finland in ice hockey,” Ericcson bragged.
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A good start with Kimi Raikkonen and James Allison on the same wavelength at the end of the second of four days of testing at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
“We have obtained some good baselines from which to continue the development of the F14 T,” said the Scuderia’s Technical Director, talking to ferrari.com. “We are working mainly on car reliability and so far, we can claim to be reasonably satisfied because, even though we are talking about a car that’s almost totally new, we haven’t encountered any particular problems. We are also happy with the data parameters we have seen in terms of cooling, as well as those relating to aerodynamic downforce: both of them have matched our expectations.”
Asked for an opinion on Kimi’s second debut in red, Allison had this to say. “He is still the same strong driver, with his usual phlegmatic approach,” added the Englishman with a smile. “It’s difficult for him to get over excited about something, but he gives the engineers the feedback they need to do their job. He might not say much, but he is incredibly accurate when it comes to explain what needs to be done to make the car quicker.”
Allison confessed to not having paid the slightest attention to what the other teams have been doing, therefore he is unable to give an opinion on how competitive the F14 T might be. “There’s too much to do to think about the others. We have to keep an eye on every detail, because it only takes the smallest thing to leave you stranded. Between now and Melbourne, we will have to organise every last detail to be ready for the first race.”
Ferrari.com: “Every time we go out on track we learn something new. This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve.”
Jenson Button’s McLaren topped the second day of pre-season Formula 1 testing at Jerez, as the Mercedes-engined teams demonstrated an early advantage in 2014.
Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m36.094s 16 2. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m37.762s +1.668s 17 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m38.272s +2.178s 15 4. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m39.008s +2.914s 13 5. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.798s +5.704s 33 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes No time - 5 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault No time - 5 Afternoon times: Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Jenson Button McLaren 1m24.165s 43 2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.812s +0.647s 47 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m25.344s +1.179s 35 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.588s +1.423s 97 5. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m28.376s +4.211s 37 6. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m33.270s +9.105s 53 7. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m37.975s +13.810s 11 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.320s +14.155s 8
Because of the wet start to the day, the morning programme began with the testing requested by Pirelli, relating to development of their wet weather tyres. The Scuderia was quickly able to assess the intermediate tyres, thus making the most of the time remaining and the progressively drying track to begin work on the car in preparation for the afternoon’s programme.
By the end of the day, Raikkonen had managed to complete a total of 47 laps, the fastest in a time of 1.24.812. He continued the task of checking the car’s functionality as well as trying a few set-up changes.
“Every time we go out on track we learn something new” – said Kimi. “This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve.”
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will make his season debut on track.
Team Quotes: Kimi Raikkonen’s mileage in first F1 test pleases Ferrari
“I am reasonably happy with what we have seen so far,” said Allison. “I don’t think there are any killers we have uncovered.
“The fault list is not a short one, it never is with a new car, but we are able to keep going out of the garage and doing the laps.
“Our relative lack of laps compared with the V8 era is not about the fundamental reliability of the package, it is about us making sure we don’t make mistakes.”
Allison said the lack of running throughout the field compared to 12 months ago was evidence not of poor reliability but simply the complication of the new rules.
“The point of these first two days is to get running, get the car programmed with the gazillion of numbers that you need to make it do its thing, and to make sure that the really basic building blocks of the car are correct,” he said.
“That includes stuff that is straightforward but completely fundamental to this car like doing all the things for cooling properly.
“There are a lot of different fluids in the car and they all have to be cooled, and that is really extremely important to allow us a foundation for the next two days of testing and the next two days before the season starts.”
Commentary and timing links to follow the tests:
- BBC Sport
- Sky Sports
- Italian updates
- Swedish updates
- German updates
- Greek live timing
- Spanish live timing
Autosport.com – Kimi Raikkonen: “For sure everybody wants to see more laps and we want to do more laps, but it is pretty normal with such a big change. It will take a little bit of time before we can run 100 per cent all the time and not have issues.
I think we have started pretty okay. I think the biggest challenge is getting all the new stuff working as we want, and working together. It is much trickier than what we are used to, but from the driving side I don’t think it is an awful lot different.
It is just the first day with all new stuff so it takes time to get things up to speed. One day to go, a lot of work to do, we know that. But we expected these first test days to learn things, so I really don’t feel like it is such a big difference to this year or any previous one.”
Ferrari.com: “We had a lot of new things to learn today. Even if we would have liked to do more laps, I think that for a first day it was alright. Towards the end, when the track was damp, we chose not to take any risks. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us, but all in all, we are pleased with our first day.”
Sky Sports: “It’s just the first day, there is still a long way to go,” he told reporters. “Lap times don’t mean anything, I was just learning about the car. We have started ok.. As I’ve said before, I’ve been here before and I know most of the people. It’s just a different team from last year, it’s not a new team.”
@f1zone Kimi on whether it was emotional to drive out of the garage in a Ferrari again: “No, not really” @adamcooperf1 Kimi Raikkonen on his new car and new rules: “In an ideal world I think there would probably be less buttons to push…”
Sky Sports interview with Kimi