Kimi Raikkonen ended his 2014 season with a day of testing at Abu Dhabi and before returning to Maranello, where he will take part in further 2015 development work alongside the team, he summed up how testing had gone and what the near future held in store for the Scuderia. “The components we tested in Abu Dhabi have produced a lot of useful data, which can now be analysed along with that from Sunday’s Grand Prix. The team’s priorities are clear and we are well aware what are the areas that did not match up to our expectations. I am sure that thanks to the knowledge we acquired over the course of the season, we will be able to develop a more competitive car. Clearly, how much progress we make depends on the time available and the possibilities presented by the regulations, which for the moment, impose certain limits for everyone, but I have every confidence in the ability of the team.”
Kimi also commented on his new team-mate, Sebastian Vettel: “It was nice that he joined us in the garage for the first day of testing, although I have to say that didn’t surprise me, because I know what he’s like and his approach to work. I think we can enjoy ourselves on track together, both of us fighting to be ahead of the other, while also working as a team to reach the common target of progressing in order to get the Scuderia back to the level it should be at.”
Raikkonen also commented on the change at the top of the Scuderia: “I’ve known Maurizio Arrivabene for a long time I believe he is an extremely competent person and perfect for the role of Team Principal that he has been given. Maurizio has known Ferrari and the business of Formula 1 for a long time and I believe he has the ability to motivate and push the team back to the level it deserves to be at. Everyone in the team, in every area of activity will now have to tackle a lot of hard work to get the new car ready.”
[ Source: ferrari.com ]
Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit – 5.554 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 25/29 °C, track temperature 27/32 °C. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 81/450
Fastest time: 1:43.888
Today, Kimi Raikkonen was at the wheel of the F14 T for the first day of a two day test at the Yas Marina Circuit.
In the morning, the team worked on fine tuning some different aerodynamic and mechanical configurations, concentrating on set-up work. The afternoon programme featured a series of short and long distance runs, while working on systems management, as well as an initial evaluation of the 2015 version of the Pirelli tyres.
Kimi: “It was a normal day of testing. With more running time and more tyres to work with, we managed to try various solutions without having any problems. Testing next season’s tyres produced positive results, but will have to wait to try them on the new car in winter testing, to get an in depth understanding of their behaviour.”
Testing continues for a final day at this circuit tomorrow. Taking to the track for Scuderia Ferrari will be Raffaele Marciello, the Ferrari Driver Academy driver, making his debut at the wheel of the F14 T.
|4||Jolyon Palmer||Force India/Mercedes||1m44.516s||1.120s||37|
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Red Bull/Renault||1m45.339s||1.943s||100|
|9||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m47.194s||3.798s||55|
Valtteri Bottas set the fastest time of the morning session of testing in Abu Dhabi while McLaren failed to run the new Honda power unit.
Bottas set a best time of 1:43.884 to finish the session on top, over 1.2s clear of Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. The team said Rosberg – who was back in the car after missing out on the world championship less than 48 hours earlier – would be carrying out aerodynamic and tyre tests.
McLaren was set to test the new Honda power unit but Stoffel Vandoorne never left the garage in the opening four hours of running, with racing director Eric Boullier explaining an electrical issue was to blame.
Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest for Ferrari, setting a time of 1:46.016 late in the session. Ferrari also had Raikkonen’s 2015 team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the garage as he cast his eye on the team’s testing program.
Carlos Sainz Jr was fourth quickest for Red Bull ahead of Marcus Ericsson who was getting his first running in the Sauber having been announced as one of the team’s race drivers for 2015. Will Stevens – who took Ericsson’s seat at Caterham for the final race of the season – was sixth fastest and completed 50 laps by lunchtime.
Jolyon Palmer’s F1 debut didn’t go so smoothly at Force India as he completed just 18 laps before an engine issue caused him to stop out on track. Palmer’s stoppage at Turn 13 brought out the second red flag of the day, with Max Verstappen crashing at Turn 19 early on due to a front suspension issue.
Verstappen did return to the track briefly before lunch but is yet to set a time.
[ Source: crash.net ]
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) November 25, 2014
Report – It was not the best of days for Scuderia Ferrari in the final Grand Prix of the season here in Abu Dhabi. Fernando Alonso finished ninth and Kimi Raikkonen came home tenth. Both drivers got away well, the two of them making up two places, coming round at the end of the opening lap in fifth and sixth places. Shortly after that, Fernando passed Kimi and made his first pit stop, followed next time round by the Finn. However, coming in early did not work out for them as they lost a lot of time in traffic, finding themselves just outside the points as the first run of stops ended. Not much changed in the middle stint and with 15 laps to go, Fernando was tenth, one place ahead of Kimi.
Towards the end, as Nico Rosberg slowed to finish 13th, it promoted Raikkonen into tenth place for 2 points. At the end of the race, both drivers thanks the team, Kimi looking ahead to next year and Fernando saying his farewells. “You are all special people, thanks to all of you, I will miss this team a lot.”
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes|
|8||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull/Renault|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso/Renault|
|-||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault|
FINAL DRIVERS’ STANDINGS:
FINAL CONSTRUCTORS’ STANDINGS:
#Kimi7 on the team radio: “Tough year guys, but thanks a lot for all your support, we’ll get it back!”
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) November 23, 2014
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very difficult race but we knew right from the beginning that this track would be tough for us. The start was good but then, at the first stop, I already lost a few places and from then on I couldn’t move up the order. The car handled well and I had no particular problem, but today we lacked the speed we needed to attack. All season we have faced a series of difficulties which we put a lot of effort into solving and we learned a lot from that. We know which direction we need to work in to be competitive as soon as possible and I have absolute faith in the team.”
Marco Mattiacci: “This race was the epilogue to a difficult season for the team at the track and for all the men and women of the Scuderia back home. It’s the last day of a season that saw the beginning of a technical revolution that required a different approach and work methodologies and it was a year that presented a steep learning curve for all of us. Unfortunately, the result here in Abu Dhabi reflects the performance level seen in recent races, even though Fernando and Kimi fought all the way as always, showing just what they are capable of. On behalf of the team, I want to congratulate Lewis Hamilton on his fantastic win and I also want to once again thank Fernando, while regretting that we never won the title together. Nevertheless, we had the pleasure of sharing unforgettable moments that are now part of Ferrari history. I also thank Kimi, who this year has patiently dealt with a car that was not easy to manage and I am sure we will soon see him able to express his great talent. Now we are continuing in a methodical and disciplined fashion with the work behind the scenes in Maranello, so as to give our drivers a competitive car with which we can return as soon as possible to the top level of this sport.”
Pat Fry: “First of all, we must congratulate Lewis Hamilton for a well-deserved second World Championship title. For us it was a complicated race from start to finish and our final result was a confirmation of our qualifying performance. Over all 55 laps, both Kimi and Fernando struggled with little reliability problems which affected their cars. Having gained two places at the start, we had to make the first stops very early because of tyre degradation. That put us back out in traffic and unfortunately, our management of the power units and the tyres meant it was difficult to make any overtaking moves. After such an intense last race now we turn all our attention to the work that awaits us, beginning with next week’s test, aimed at getting started on next season as soon as possible.”