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BAHRAIN GP – RACE RESULTS

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Report: It always looked like being a difficult race and so it proved for Ferrari in Bahrain. Fernando Alonso brought his F14 T home in ninth place, with Kimi Raikkonen right behind him. This circuit was expected to be the least suitable for the Maranello car in its current state of development. Lewis Hamilton won, ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, with third place going to the Force India of Sergio Perez.

Alonso and Raikkonen had to fight tooth and nail to stay in the points zone, which was the best they could do.

Scuderia Ferrari is fifth in the Constructors’ championship with, Alonso fourth in the Drivers’ and Kimi twelfth. The next round is in China in two weeks time, by when Ferrari will be looking to move forward in terms of performance as it strives for better results.

Final Standings:

Pos Driver                Team                      Time/Gap
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1h38m42.743
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  +1.085s
 3. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes      +24.067s
 4. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault          +24.489s
 5. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes      +28.654s
 6. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          +29.879s
 7. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes
 8. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes
09. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari
10. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault
12. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault
13. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari
14. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault
15. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault
16. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari
17. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes

Retirements

    Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes        40 laps
    Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          39 laps
    Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault        33 laps
    Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault      18 laps
    Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari          17 laps

Drivers' standings:

 1. Nico Rosberg       61  
 2. Lewis Hamilton     50  
 3. Nico Hulkenberg    28  
 4. Fernando Alonso    26  
 5. Jenson Button      23  
 6. Sebastian Vettel   23  
 7. Kevin Magnussen    20  
 8. Valtteri Bottas    18  
 9. Sergio Perez       16  
10. Daniel Ricciardo   12  
11. Felipe Massa       12  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     7  
13. Jean-Eric Vergne   4  
14. Daniil Kvyat       3  
                     
Constructors' standings

 1. Mercedes               111  
 2. Force India-Mercedes   44  
 3. McLaren-Mercedes       43  
 4. Red Bull-Renault       35  
 5. Ferrari                33  
 6. Williams-Mercedes      30  
 7. Toro Rosso-Renault     7

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “I am very disappointed with today’s result, because after how qualifying went, I expected to do better. I didn’t get a good start and immediately lost some places. On the first lap, I was hit by Magnussen, luckily without it doing any damage, but trying to move up the order at this point was very difficult, because the lack of aero downforce and speed on the straight meant overtaking was complicated. We knew this track was less suited to the characteristics of our car than the first two and that the Mercedes would be very quick. Overall, the handling of our car has generally improved compared to the first races and this makes me confident for the upcoming ones. We can expect a lot of work to do and we will make the most of the test days to try and improve already in time for the next race in China.”

Pat Fry: “Today, we could not have asked more of our car and drivers, because here, our most limiting factor was a lack of top speed. That meant we had to run a defensive race and even if in the middle sector, the one with the most corners, the F14 T was competitive, it was not enough to allow Fernando and Kimi to attack our rivals. In Maranello, we are working on solutions to ensure better power delivery and better driveability. We are also trying to improve the efficiency of the car on the aerodynamic front. The data we acquired in today’s race will provide a baseline for the major checking programme we have planned for the test, right here at Sakhir on Tuesday and Wednesday.”

Raikkonen – rivals in different class: “The Mercedes cars seemed to be able to pass us very easily on the straightlines. One Force India got me on the exit of corner eight and it was like a different class. I was surprised. He came out of the pitlane but I had only done a few laps on the tyres. I went OK out of the corner and he just came inside of me and went past; I had no answer. And the next corner he had massive traction also, so it’s not just the horsepower.”

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Post-race interview with Kimi, SkySportsF1


 

Bahrain GP Team Radio Transcript

  • Kimi Raikkonen: Magnussen hit me again!
  • Antonio Spagnolo: How are the tyres?
  • Kimi Raikkonen: Yeah my left-front is flat-spotted and it’s vibrating quite heavily. And I get some understeer in the right-hand corners.
  • Antonio Spagnolo: To go to the end we need 20 gram less every lap. Twenty less every lap.

The above message wasn’t played on the main world feed broadcast or on the pit radio channel, which is where the messages above are from. It was played on the official F1 app.

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MALAYSIA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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Report – It was a wet qualifying in Sepang and its outcome means that the Ferraris will start from the second and third rows tomorrow. Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in 2.00.175, with Kimi Raikkonen sixth, stopping the clocks in 2.01.218. Lewis Hamilton took the 33rd pole of his career for Mercedes with a 1.59.431. Alongside him will be Sebastian Vettel, with the Englishman’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg third.

Fernando’s fourth was an amazing achievement, due not only to the driver but also to his mechanics. Early in Q2, the Spaniard was hit by Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso and the impact broke the left steering arm on the F14 T. The guys changed it just five minutes, allowing Fernando to complete the session. As we knew, Kimi wasn’t so happy with the feeling from his car especially in the wet, but if you could see his ‘on-board’ footage, you would understand the meaning of the word ‘commitment’!

FINAL TIMES

Pos Driver                Team                  Time       Gap   
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m59.431s
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m59.486s  +0.055s
 3. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              2m00.050s  +0.619s
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               2m00.175s  +0.744s
 5. Daniel Ricciardo      Red Bull-Renault      2m00.541s  +1.110s
 6. Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari               2m01.218s  +1.787s
 7. Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  2m01.712s  +2.281s
 8. Kevin Magnussen       McLaren-Mercedes      2m02.213s  +2.782s
 9. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Renault    2m03.078s  +3.647s
10. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      2m04.053s  +4.622s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m36.811s                                   Gap **
11. Daniil Kvyat          Toro Rosso-Renault    2m02.351s  +3.310s
12. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.369s  +3.328s
13. Felipe Massa          Williams-Mercedes     2m02.460s  +3.419s
14. Sergio Perez          Force India-Mercedes  2m02.511s  +3.470s
15. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Mercedes     2m02.756s  +3.715s
16. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         2m02.885s  +3.844s
Q1 cut-off time: 2m01.689s                                     Gap *
17. Pastor Maldonado      Lotus-Renault         2m02.074s  +4.891s
18. Adrian Sutil          Sauber-Ferrari        2m02.131s  +4.948s
19. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Ferrari      2m02.702s  +5.519s
20. Kamui Kobayashi       Caterham-Renault      2m03.595s  +6.412s
21. Max Chilton           Marussia-Ferrari      2m04.388s  +7.205s
22. Marcus Ericsson       Caterham-Renault      2m04.407s  +7.224s

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “The rain made this qualifying very difficult. I knew that in the wet it would not be easy, but I didn’t expect to have so many problems. I had poor traction and on top of that, with the Extreme Wet, for some reason I was losing grip after the first lap. Now we have to find out why, as it will be useful for the coming races Clearly, I’m not happy with sixth place, but given the circumstances, I cannot say I’m surprised and now I only want to think about doing well tomorrow. It will be a tough race with particularly high temperatures, but I am reasonably confident, because we have gone better here than in Melbourne and if we don’t have any problems, we can think in terms of getting a better result. Overall, my feel for the car is improving and even if there is still a way to go, we are working in the right direction.”

Pat Fry: “We can regard this as a positive result. Qualifying was extremely close because of the weather and also because of the condition of our cars. The start positions are not really those we were aiming for, but all the same, they show the team is working in the right direction to close the gap to Mercedes. Q1 was relatively straightforward to read and then the mechanics did an amazing job on Fernando’s car, changing the steering arm in just a few minutes, after the collision with Kvyat’s Toro Rosso. He was back on track in record time and from then on, Fernando still had to fight to control the car and I think, in that situation, not many drivers could have done the lap he did in Q3. He really deserves our congratulations. Kimi’s performance was no less impressive: we know he’s not yet completely happy with the feeling of his F14 T and in the wet, he had some car balance problems, but I think he can have an attacking race from where he is on the grid. Once again here, Mercedes is setting the pace, but we will try and make the most of any opportunity, although the priority is to finish the race, because more than ever this year, you can’t take reliability for granted.”

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Ferrari and Raikkonen working on fixes

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Kimi Raikkonen does not know how long it will take to fix the issues he is having getting comfortable with the set-up of his new Ferrari Formula 1 car.

The Finn endured a troubled time at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as he struggled with the handling of the new F14 T, especially under braking and corner entry.

His problems were further exacerbated in the race by front tyre graining, which led to a number of lock-ups.

Ferrari and Raikkonen are working on fixes to the way the energy recovery systems impact on the car’s handling, but the 2007 world champion admits that things are unlikely to get better immediately.

“We know more or less what we want to do, but some things are not happening overnight,” said Raikkonen.

“It takes time to produce certain parts, or to have a certain way of putting the things on.

“We also cannot promise that it is going to fix the issues once we get something that we want.

“I have been in these situations before and sometimes it takes a while.

“Unfortunately it is not the easiest position right now, but looking at how difficult everything was, we got everything out of it.

“It is not what we want to achieve but it could have been even worse. I am sure we can only get better from there.”

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali reiterated that the team is doing everything it can to help Raikkonen, and he hopes progress can be made in time for the next grand prix in Malaysia.

“We need to help Kimi try to find the right balance in the car,” he said. “He deserves that.

“There was an improvement [this weekend], but we are still not where we want to be.

“As a team we have to make sure that everything will be done to help his driving style and I am sure for Malaysia it will be much better.”

(Source: autosport.com)

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Melbourne: Kimi settles for points after tough weekend

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Kimi Raikkonen said his disappointing performance at the Australian Grand Prix was down to a combination of small issues that resulted in front tyre graining.

Raikkonen finished seventh (due to Ricciardo’s exclusion, all drivers behind 2nd place move up one position) after a race-long struggle with the handling of his Ferrari, which saw him lock up and run wide on a number of occasions. He said it was not a specific problem with the braking system on his car, but instead a combination of issues that resulted in the surface of his front tyres graining and losing grip.

“The brakes are fine,” he said. “We had a little issue with it at the beginning of the race and then we grained the front tyre, and when you do that you don’t have the grip at the front and you lock very easily and it understeers. It’s not the brakes [alone], it’s a combination of things so sometimes it gets a bit tricky.

“Right now it’s not the easiest thing but I’m sure we will find a solution for it at some point. It’s not the first time I’ve been in a situation that’s not easy, and we will work until we fix it. If it takes a week or month I don’t know, I don’t care. It’s not the first time and that’s how it goes sometimes.

“We know more or less what we want to do, but some things cannot happen overnight and it takes time to produce certain parts or certain ways of putting the things [together]. We cannot promise that it is going to fix the issues once we get something that we want, but we can hope that it will work.

“But like I said, I’ve been in these situations before and sometimes it takes a while and fortunately it’s not the easiest position right now. Looking how difficult everything was, we still got something even though it was not what we wanted to achieve, but it could have been worse.”

Raikkonen is confident he has the potential to be much quicker if he and Ferrari iron out the issues.

“There were quite a few issues on small things but many of those and that hurts a lot. We get a bit of a clearer picture now, but if we can run the weekend without any issues then I’m sure we can be much stronger. This is how it was here and hopefully we can sort out most of the things for the next race.”

VIDEO

Pre-Race – Raikkonen: “It doesn’t work, ask them to change!”

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AUSTRALIA GP – RACE RESULTS

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REPORT

Ferrari had a difficult time of it today in Albert Park, with Fernando Alonso coming home fifth, three places ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. The race was won by Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, the German’s fourth career victory. Daniel Ricciardo was second for Red Bull, while Kevin Magnussen was third on his Formula 1 debut with McLaren. Button was fourth in the other McLaren, finishing 6.2 seconds ahead of Alonso. The rest of the points went to Bottas, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Vergne and Kvyat.

The Scuderia leaves the Antipodes with 14 valuable points and plenty of data to analyse, as it strives to sort out a few teething troubles it encountered during this the first race for the highly complex 2014 cars.

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That wasn’t a straightforward race. At the start, I managed to get away well and even though I was hit from behind by another car at the first corner, my car was undamaged. The speed was good, but at one point I was suffering with graining on the front tyres, I had very little grip and a lot of understeer. From then on, the car’s handling was not the same. When it was time for the first stop, we had to do a double stop and that cost me a place.”

“It’s definitely too early to make any definite judgement, because even if at the moment we don’t seem to be in great shape, we still managed to finish the race, scoring valuable points. We can’t be pleased with this result and we know there are many areas where we need to improve. But I’m sure that analysing the data from this first race will give us a clearer idea of the direction to work in.”

“The brakes are fine, we grained the front tyre and then you have no grip on the front. That is the main issue, [but] it is a combination of things. It is not the easiest thing but I’m sure we will find a solution for it at some point. We work until we fix it. If it takes a week or a month, I don’t care. This is how it goes sometimes.” (Source)

Pat Fry: “Going into this race, getting both cars to the finish seemed like the most difficult task, but in the end, we managed it. Today we saw how reliability can never be taken for granted: it caught some people out and it also affected our performance at some stages of the race. On both the F14 Ts, we had some electrical problems, especially on Kimi’s car, which meant he couldn’t use all the car’s potential. Fernando found himself behind Hulkenberg for many laps and he was only able to show what the car was capable of once he got ahead thanks to a spot on pit stop strategy. Kimi got a great start, but then for much of the race he suffered with graining on the front tyres and thus found himself having to defend, without being able to attack. There is much work ahead if we are to improve the car’s performance. We are up against several very strong opponents, but we have all the right tools to get the job done of closing the gap between us.”

Stefano Domenicali: “The first race of the championship has provided a clear picture of the hierarchy at the start of season. It’s also shown which teams appear to have done the best job of dealing with these new regulations. Today, we achieved our objective in terms of reliability, but the gap we need to make up, especially to Mercedes, was clear to see. The information we have gathered this weekend clearly points to the direction we must take and what areas need the most work. It will be important to catch up as quickly as possible and react in the way this team has always proved capable of doing. Our engineers know what the priorities are and which areas need the most immediate attention.”

RACE RESULTS

Original Result - 57 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h32m58.710s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault          +24.525s
 3.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes          +26.777s
 4.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes          +30.027s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +35.284s
 6.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +47.639s
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +50.718s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                   +57.675s
 9.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m00.441s
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m03.585s
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m25.916s
12.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
13.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap
14.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps
15.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari           +8 laps*

Revised result - 57 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car                  Time/Gap
 1.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1h32m58.710s
 2.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes          +26.777s 
 3.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes          +30.027s 
 4.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                   +35.284s 
 5.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes         +47.639s 
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes      +50.718s 
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari                   +57.675s 
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m00.441s 
 9.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault      +1m03.585s 
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes    +1m25.916s 
11.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap 
12.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari              +1 lap 
13.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari           +2 laps 
14.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari           +8 laps*  

* Not classified

Retirements:

     Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault               DSQ
     Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault              43 laps
     Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault              29 laps
     Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault           27 laps
     Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault            3 laps
     Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                    2 laps
     Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault            0 laps
     Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes           0 laps

Drivers' championship:

 1.  Nico Rosberg      25
 2.  Kevin Magnussen   18
 3.  Jenson Button     15
 4.  Fernando Alonso   12
 5.  Valtteri Bottas   10
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg   8
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen    6
 8.  Jean-Eric Vergne  4
 9.  Daniil Kvyat      2
10.  Sergio Perez      1

Constructors' championship:

 1.  McLaren/Mercedes      33
 2.  Mercedes              25
 3.  Ferrari               18
 4.  Williams/Mercedes     10
 5.  Force India/Mercedes  9 
 6.  Toro Rosso/Renault    6

VIDEO

Post-race interview with Kimi, SkySports


Australia GP Team Radio Transcript

  • Kimi: At the moment we have an issue with the radio, because I cannot hear you.
  • Engineer: OK, we look into that.
  • Kimi: I need a little bit more front wing, I have front graining.
  • Engineer: We will remove the lip from the rear and the equivalent will be half a degree.

 

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AUSTRALIA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS

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| Source: autosport.com |

kr-mel-qlf-2014Report: Qualifying was made particularly tricky because of rain and it ended in less than brilliant circumstances for Scuderia Ferrari. Fernado Alonso was fifth fastest, leaving the impression he could have done better with a little bit of luck, while Kimi Raikkonen is twelfth on the sixth row, having hit the wall right at the end of Q2 in Albert Park.

Everyone rushed out on track in Q1 as the rain was clearly on its way, arriving four minutes from the end: Fernando was fourth fastest with a 1.31.388 on the Soft tyres, while Raikkonen was ninth in 1.32.439 on the Mediums.

In a wet Q2, the Intermediate tyres were called into service, and the Spaniard was third in 1.42.805, six tenths off Rosberg’s Mercedes. But Raikkonen was in the wall and out of proceedings, a fate he shared with two other champions, Button and Vettel.

  • A five-place grid penalty for Bottas moves Kimi up to 11th for the race tomorrow (view full grid list here).
  • Kimi admits traffic more costly than crash: “I didn’t have any more time to do an extra lap, so on that lap I would have come in anyway. I was playing around with the switches or something, and I got a little bit of wheelspin and touched the wall. But the car is more or less OK. It was just my mistake. I got a little bit of wheelspin, I wasn’t pushing anymore, but I couldn’t catch it. That didn’t change the fact we had traffic on the previous lap. There was a McLaren going very slowly through Turn 5, and there were some other cars in front of us, but that’s how it goes sometimes. In the wet we had the speed, it was just the traffic.”
Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m44.231s
 2.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m44.548s  +0.317s
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m44.595s  +0.364s
 4.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m45.745s  +1.514s
 5.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m45.819s  +1.588s
 6.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m45.864s  +1.633s
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m46.030s  +1.799s
 8.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m47.360s  +3.129s
 9.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m48.079s  +3.848s
10.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m48.147s  +3.916s
                   Q3 cut-off:           1m44.331s       **
11.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m44.437s  +2.173s
12.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m44.494s  +2.230s
13.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m44.668s  +2.404s
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m45.655s  +3.391s
15.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m45.867s  +3.603s
16.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m47.293s  +5.029s
                   Q2 cut-off:           1m34.274s       ***
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.293s  +4.118s
18.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.794s  +4.619s
19.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.117s  +4.942s
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m35.157s  +4.982s
21.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m36.993s  +6.818s

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “Qualifying wasn’t straightforward today, especially because of traffic. When I was on a quick lap, I had a car in front of me at every corner. That stopped me getting a clean lap and at the end of Q2, I spun off damaging the front wing. I don’t think I’d have gone quicker anyway, as I had already reduced my speed at this point, because I knew already I wouldn’t make it to Q3. It’s a shame, because compared to yesterday we have made some steps forward. In the wet we were quick and I had more feeling for the car. We know we have a lot of work to do in every area, especially on car set-up, but at the same time, we are sure we are going in the right direction. Tomorrow’s race will be tough, the weather forecast is unclear and on top of that, with the new rules, it’s hard to predict how things will go. But it’s only the first race of the year and we will do our best to get a good result.”

Pat Fry: “Qualifying in the wet in Melbourne is nothing new, but today, added to the wet track, the drivers also had to deal with all the new technologies introduced in the regulations. We are not satisfied with the final result, even if the F14 T is still at the development stage and I believe the team is working in the right direction to make up ground to our rivals, especially Mercedes, who today confirmed the form they’d shown in winter testing. Our grid positions would suggest an uphill battle in the race, especially for Kimi and we can expect unknown factors linked to reliability and fuel consumption to count for a lot. As for the former factor, we are paying close attention to every little detail. At this point, we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted, because with such complicated systems, the unpredictable could come into play. In terms of race pace, we’ve seen some teams are faster than us, but I think the first race of the year could throw up some surprises, hopefully in our favour.”

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AUSTRALIA GP: FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS

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[ Watch Kimi's first timed lap from FP1 here ]

PRACTICE TWO

REPORT: Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen were third and seventh quickest respectively in the second free practice session for the Australian Grand Prix. At Albert Park the Spaniard, who did 28 laps, posted a 1.30.132, half a second off the quickest time set by Lewis Hamilton, with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg second. The Finn did 32 laps on his way to a best time of 1.30.898.

Both drivers worked on evaluating the Soft tyres for wear and performance, which appears to be almost two seconds quicker than the Mediums. They also worked on car set-up and in the final half hour, both drivers did a long run, practicing starts through the session. One small problem for Raikkonen when a failed sensor meant he could not select first gear at the end of pit lane. But the F14 T was brought back to the garage where it was fixed with no effect on the planned programme.

FP2 Final Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m29.625s           37
 2.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m29.782s  +0.157s  31
 3.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m30.132s  +0.507s  28
 4.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.381s  +0.756s  41
 5.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m30.510s  +0.885s  33
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m30.538s  +0.913s  38
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m30.898s  +1.273s  32
 8.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m30.920s  +1.295s  38
 9.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m31.031s  +1.406s  34
10.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m31.054s  +1.429s  33
11.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m31.060s  +1.435s  35
12.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m31.119s  +1.494s  31
13.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m31.283s  +1.658s  36
14.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.355s  +2.730s  36
15.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m32.468s  +2.843s  26
16.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m32.495s  +2.870s  36
17.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m33.486s  +3.861s  29
18.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m33.646s  +4.021s  12
19.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m34.757s  +5.132s  29
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                          1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault
22.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault

PRACTICE ONE

REPORT: Ferraris were first and ninth at the end of the first free practice of the season at Albert Park. Fernando Alonso stopped the clocks in 1.31.840, half a second quicker than Jenson Button in the McLaren, who was followed by the Williams duo of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. The Spaniard did 20 laps, one more than Kimi Raikkonen, who posted a best lap of 1.32.977.

Both men did three runs, all on the Medium tyre. Both Fernando and Kimi concentrated on running checks on the car systems as well as making some changes to mapping and set-up, also doing some practice starts.

Fernando Alonso had the honour of being the very first man out on track this season, proof that he wants to get stuck in! He also went off at Turn 1, but no damage was done.

FP1 Final Times:

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m31.840s            20
 2.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.357s  +0.517s   23
 3.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m32.403s  +0.563s   27
 4.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m32.431s  +0.591s   19
 5.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.599s  +0.759s   26
 6.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m32.604s  +0.764s   17
 7.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m32.793s  +0.953s   10
 8.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m32.847s  +1.007s   28
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m32.977s  +1.137s   18
10.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m33.446s  +1.606s   30
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m33.533s  +1.693s   23
12.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m33.855s  +2.015s   24
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m34.272s  +2.432s   27
14.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m35.578s  +3.738s   7
15.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m36.445s  +4.605s   13
16.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m40.859s  +9.019s   6
17.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m46.922s  +15.082s  4
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault                           1
19.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes                                   1
20.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault                           1
21.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault                              2
22.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault

QUOTES

Kimi Raikkonen: “That was a pretty demanding day, because although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-free. In the first session we lost a bit of time, but that didn’t prevent us acquiring enough data to evaluate the overall handling of the car and the Pirelli compounds. This evening there will be a lot of work to do, especially to understand what didn’t work and to try and improve for qualifying and the race”.

Stefano Domenicali: “I always have to see the negative side of the… or the empty side of the glass, so of course we need to make sure that all the things that are still not solved – not only on Kimi’s side – have to be solved or addressed very quickly because the competition is very strong and the time that we have available is not a lot. So I think that for me the most important thing is to address and to solve the issue very quickly and whatever it is, the driver is not really the problem because I’m sure that both drivers will be able to manage the situation in the best way that they can, but there is still a lot of work to do.”

Pat Fry: “Today, we tried to make the most of the good weather and track conditions to work on different strategies and mapping for the race, because this weekend the forecast is very uncertain, especially for tomorrow. During the first session, we concentrated on car set-up, especially in terms of improving the balance under braking and on optimising the drivers’ feeling. In the second session, we ran an evaluation of the soft tyre, completing the programme with a series of long runs. It’s very complicated getting the new systems to work perfectly and then, once you’ve reached that level, to get the maximum performance out of the car. There’s a long way to go and now it’s important to stay focused and pay full attention to the smallest details”.

VIDEOS

Lap with Kimi at Melbourne

 

Gear problems for Kimi

 

Kimi behind the scenes, slow-motion track shots

 

Onboard Alonso and Raikkonen


Melbourne: Kimi cautious with expectations

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KIMI RAIKKONEN: “As for the others? I don’t fear them and even if anyone’s quicker than us we are only at the first race.”

“First of all I think we need to make sure we finish the races,” Raikkonen said. “And if we do that we’re already in a good position. We want to improve in all the areas, and we have to first see where we are.

“I don’t have any interest in guessing where we’re going to be or what’s going to happen. All we can do is see on Friday a little bit, and go from there. I hope that if we get everything running smoothly and do the best job we can then we should be up there.

“We didn’t have the best test in the last days, but I think we did most of the things that we were planning to do, and we have to see how we start, try to do our best, definitely try and be up there and try to finish the race, and hopefully be on the podium at least.”

Kimi was unperturbed by the prospect of rain this weekend.

“I mean rain or dry doesn’t make an awful lot of difference right now, there are much more unknown things that has to be answered. We will see how the weather is, it’s the same for everybody, so we’ll do the best whatever the situation is.”

Meanwhile regarding Fernando Alonso he said: “We have a normal team mate relationship, we both try to do our best, and help the team as well as we can.”

“It is difficult to say [if Ferrari can win],” he said. “It is the aim for sure, but there are so many unknowns coming this weekend.”

“This event is an excellent test bench for the new Formula 1 format because Albert Park is a very demanding circuit when it comes to fuel consumption. Due to the characteristics of the circuit, we have always used a lot of fuel here so to manage to be sparing with it will be a demanding challenge.”

For Kimi it’s the start of his second career at Ferrari: “Some faces have changed but even if the atmosphere seems a bit different to me it’s still the same great team and I believe it has worked very well on this year’s car.” About the race he added: “We’ve only had a few days of testing available. In an ideal world we would have arrived with many days on the track behind us, with more experience of the characteristics of the car and race strategies. That’s not how it is but it’s the same for everyone so all we can do is go on the track and try to get the best result possible.

“More than the result we know that we have a lot to come on the F14 T so we are not worried. The car seems to have a good potential but we will have work to do to get the most out of it.”

VIDEO

Shell event with the Ferrari drivers

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Italian SkySports, interview with subtitles

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VIDEO: “HORSE POWER” – FERRARI PREPARE FOR 2014

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I watched this documentary (view here) on Saturday night on Sky2 and it was a great insight to just how much passion and work goes into making an F1 car for a historic team. 2014 is a year of big changes in Formula 1 and Ferrari reveal their 3 years of planning and expectations, including with partners Shell on creating the perfect fuel mixture for a V6 Turbo engine.

With unprecedented access in the team’s Maranello factory, Ferrari team members share their thoughts and we also get to see exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso work in the team’s highly advanced F1 simulator – a pitch black room with a bunch of engineers on the other side watching everything with sharp eyes.

We also get to see behind-the-scenes at the first roll-out test in Jerez where the team met with an undesirable first taste of the car but worked hard and most importantly kept progress on track.

WhisperFilmsUK – Five years without a World Championship at Ferrari means the pressure to deliver a championship winning car is greater than ever. This is a candid, honest story following the people at the heart of Ferrari trying to bring success back to this Italian institution in the build up to the first race of the 2014 season.

Watch in full length (58mins): F1 2014 – Horse Power

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VIDEO: ROB WILSON ON KIMI VS. ALONSO

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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.”


BAHRAIN TEST 2: DAY 1

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Bahrain, 27th February 2014

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.

QUOTES

“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.”

FINAL TIMES:

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

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EXTRA: QUOTES

Raikkonen targets race distance on final test day

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.”

VIDEO

MTV3 Interview with Kimi, with subtitles



Video: Kimi trying out the LaFerrari

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If you see a Ferrari LaFerrari driven by none other than a talented F1 driver such as Kimi Raikkonen, this is something that you wouldn’t expect to see! After a few laps around track Kimi tried to play sideways with the 963hp of the LaFerrari but he ended into a massive spin out off the track! That’s not all because for the first time you see also brake disks of the LaFerrari glowing and the exhaust spitting big flames!


Simulator work and meeting friends

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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!

Video:



Kimi has been busy in Maranello…

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Kimi with the LaFerrari

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

 


Jerez Testing: Day 2

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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

Ferrari Day 2 Report:

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.

 

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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:

Videos:


Jerez Day 1: Kimi’s Quotes

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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.”

“Overall, we can say it was a good start. We have a solid base from which to work over the coming days. The times from this test mean nothing and we will only begin to understand something only in Bahrain. The cars are much slower? It’s pointless making comparisons with the past because everything is completely different.”

328_KRSSky 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.”

On Twitter:

@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…”

Video:

Sky Sports interview with Kimi


Jerez Testing: Day 1 | Videos

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Kimi Raikkonen went fastest on the first day of his Ferrari return as only six drivers set times on a stunted opening to Formula 1 2014 pre-season testing.

The Finn leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes one hour from the day’s end, with the Briton’s session ending prematurely after a front wing failure sent him crashing into the Turn 1 barriers.

Morning Times:

Pos Driver             Team                  Time        Gap     Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m27.820s           18
 2. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.530s  +8.710s  11
 3. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               no time              2
 4. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  no time              2
 5. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        no time              1

Afternoon Times:

Pos Driver             Team                  Time        Gap     Laps
 1. Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m27.104s            31
 2. Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m27.820s  +0.716s   18
 3. Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m30.082s  +2.978s    7
 4. Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m33.161s  +6.057s   11
 5. Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m36.530s  +9.426s   15
 6. Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.257s  +15.153s   7
 7. Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      No time               3
 8. Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      No time               1

” A Good Start”:

As usual, Kimi Raikkonen’s evaluation was short and to the point, after the F14 T’s track debut. The Finn completed 32 laps on the Andalusian track, which was more than anyone else today.

“The biggest challenge now is to ensure everything works,” Kimi told http://www.ferrari.com. “The new cars are much more complicated than the previous ones and there are a thousand details that can slow down the work. This morning, we’d have liked to do a few more laps but in the afternoon I think we did a good job. From a driving point of view, I didn’t feel any amazing difference, although it’s much too early to give an opinion on this.”“Overall, we can say it was a good start. We have a solid base from which to work over the coming days. The times from this test mean nothing and we will only begin to understand something only in Bahrain. The cars are much slower? It’s pointless making comparisons with the past because everything is completely different.”

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Commentary and timing links to follow the tests:

Videos:

 

 

 

Sound of Kimi rolling out the F14-T

 


Video: Kimi answers fans’ questions

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Ferrari requested fans to send in their questions to Kimi via social media and email with the hashtag #AskKimi, here’s what the top 10 got out of the ever-excited and chatty Iceman… ha.


Kimi: We have a good feeling

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Kimi Raikkonen says there is no way of telling yet how his relationship with 2014 Ferrari Formula 1 team-mate Fernando Alonso will bear up to the heat of competition.

Although both drivers are excited about what their partnership should deliver, there are concerns that it could produce some tense moments if they end up battling wheel-to-wheel.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo admitted before Christmas that the line-up had its dangers, but equally he was sure both men would do what was best for the team.

Speaking to media after the launch of the new F14 T on Saturday, Raikkonen said the relationship between him and Alonso was good now – but admitted that things could be different when they are fighting on track.

“I don’t think there is any way of telling things right now,” said the Finn, who is now fully recovered from the back issues that he suffered last year.

“Every situation is different, but we know what we have to do.

“We have said before, we are going to race against each other like every year – it doesn’t matter who is your team-mate.

“We have a respect against each other and we try to come out on top, but we know what the team expects from us and time will tell what happens.

“There is a lot of talk from outside of all the problems and all those kinds of things, but inside the team we have a good feeling.

“We have to wait and see how it goes, and hopefully we can bring both titles back to the team.”

Alonso underlined that he expected both of them to do what was best for the team – even if it meant personal ambitions had to be sacrificed.

“We will follow whatever the team priority is, and we try to do our best to win both championships and bring back to Ferrari some of the success Ferrari had in the past,” he said.

“The best way to achieve that is to race at 100 per cent level every race, and try to always bring back the points to the team and ourselves.

“To do that we need to work in perfect harmony and follow what the team priority is, and what the team will tell us.”

Video: Press conference with the Ferrari drivers


Ferrari F14T Launch

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Ferrari has revealed its 2014 Formula 1 car, the F14 T, that it hopes will allow it to fight for the world title this year.

The Maranello-based team’s 2014 challenger features a different nose approach to the other 2014 cars revealed so far, with a much flatter concept.

Ferrari has retained its pullrod front suspension concept in the new design.

The new car is the first that will have been influenced by incoming Ferrari technical chief James Allison, who arrived late last year following his switch from Lotus.

The car is scheduled to run in public for the first time at Jerez in Spain next week.

Ferrari is hoping that the change in regulations this year, with the arrival of 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, will help it finally deliver the world championship that has eluded it in recent years.

Last season proved a disappointment when, after starting the season with a competitive car, it failed to maintain a good enough development rate during the campaign.

As well as the all-new car for this year, Ferrari has welcomed back Kimi Raikkonen who replaces the Williams-bound Felipe Massa.

Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s nice to come back to the team with which I won my championship in 2007.  The aim is the same: we want to do the best we can. We want to try and win races and try and win the championship if we can. I had to have a small operation, I didn’t really have a choice in order to be as pain free as possible for the coming season. It was a good time to have it done. If we are the strongest team – and I hope we’re going to be – then we both want to win. The car will tell if we can bring the championships back to Ferrari. I would say there are lots of other things, especially with the new rules, that will say what the results will be. But I think we are more than capable of being up there and fighting for the championship.”

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Video Interview: Kimi’s first 3 days at Ferrari

| Source: ferrari.com | full transcript below |

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The first three “official” days of Kimi Raikkonen’s second stint with the Prancing Horse proved useful for him to familiarise himself with the technical aspects that go to make up part of a driver’s job wherever he is. In addition, it was also a chance for him to re-immerse himself in the special atmosphere only to be found at Ferrari. Below are five videos where Kimi talks about the fans, the team, F1, Maranello and the FF.

Kimi’s world – Raikkonen and the fans

 

Kimi’s world – Raikkonen and the team

 

Kimi’s world – Raikkonen and the Formula 1

 

Kimi’s world – Raikkonen and Maranello

 

Kimi’s world – Raikkonen and the FF

Kimi plays down 2014 changes

“My feeling is that it’s not going to be as different as people think. But I might be wrong.”

Driving new F1 turbos won’t be as difficult as people think (full transcript of video interview)

Q: How does it feel to be back at Maranello?
KR: It’s nice to come back here [Maranello], obviously it is nice to be back and seeing the people that were here when I was at Ferrari. Also some new people, but it has been so far very good. There are a lot of good people in the team, with a lot of knowledge. We have to the best and see where we end up, but there is the chance that we can do very well.

Q:  What’s the target for the future?
KR: There’s only thing we try to do and that is to win championships. Hopefully as a team we can do that. It’s going to be difficult, especially with the new rules. It’s very hard to say who is where and how its going to be. Thats the only thing we try to do and that is to win championships. Hopefully as a team we can do that. It’s going to be difficult, especially with the new rules. It’s very hard to say who is where and how its going to be.

Q: Your return has made Ferrari fans very happy…
KR: As always nice to have fans and the fact that they are happy I came back to Ferrari is obviously a bonus. And hopefully we can get the results and make them even happier.

Q: How different will it be with new regulations and the all new Formula V6 turbo cars?
KR: My feeling is that driving the new cars will not be as difficult as people think. Hopefully we find out it is pretty simple. For sure it will be difficult for the technical people, all those who have to make a new engine, new gearboxes and all this. But it is not affecting so much the driver, I think. Sure we have new buttons and things to follow, let’s wait and see. It will be much easier to say after the first test.

Q: How do you feel about double points to be awarded at the final race of the season?
KR: This is the same for everybody It might help somebody or might be against somebody, and obviously people who it helps will like it. For me it doesn’t matter what it is. It’s the rule, so like it or not it isn’t going to change.

Q: What’s your favourite track?
KR: Spa is very nice track because it is sort of old fashioned, there ae some nice new circuitts too where they have done a good job. The United States track and India [were] quite nice. I quite liked it.

Q: You were in the Ferrari simulator?
KR: We did some work on the simulator and we will do more later, but mainly to check some of the buttons and see how things work.

Q: What are your thoughts on your new race engineer Antonio Spagnolo?
KR: We worked with him together before for two years, he was the data engineer for me. I know him from that time already, so basically it wasn’t too difficult and it was nice to see him. I saw him at some races and we spoke quickly when we passed each other in the paddock. For him it is a new challenge, but he knows the systems and has a lot of experience, so I thinbk it should be fine. Obviously we have to start from somewhere and then build things together. I don’t see any problems, or wy it shouldn’t be good. So it’s only exciting.

Raikkonen will be in action in a Ferrari, for the first time since 2009, during the first day of testing at Jerez on 28 January at the wheel of the team’s 2014 turbo powered car.

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Video: Epilogue 2013 – The Iceman Returns

Since I made Prelude and the 2012 year review, Kimi Raikkonen’s 2013 season is continued in this video titled ‘Epilogue’. The Iceman’s comeback with Lotus in 2012 was great for Formula 1 and look at how time flies… It’s nearly 2014 already and perhaps the final chapter in Kimi’s career is about to begin with a return to the scene of his greatest glory, at Ferrari. But this video is ultimately about 2013 and my way of saying Happy Christmas to you guys.

Enjoy the movie! It was non-stop, day/night work I tell ya! Sit back and get your speakers ready but you might want to grab a drink/popcorn first as this is 11 minutes long!

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Saturday in Abu Dhabi: “I can drive normally now”

| Source: lotusf1team.com |

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With the shorter wheelbase E21 seeming to suit the Iceman here in Abu Dhabi, a P5 qualifying performance leaves him in a confident mood heading into the race where he scored his 2012 victory

Q: HOW WAS YOUR SATURDAY IN ABU DHABI?
KR: Today wasn’t too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it’s been much more to my liking. This is good as the race will be in the evening so we’d prefer it that way around for sure.

Q: HOW’S PROGRESS WITH YOUR RETURN TO THE SHORT WHEELBASE CAR?
KR: The short wheelbase car seems to suit my style a bit better, so hopefully we can continue this way for tomorrow. It’s not a big change, but if you can get the front end of the car as you want it there can be a big difference in how it feels. This means I can drive normally and everything comes to me as I want it. Here today it was not too bad.

Q: CAN YOU HAVE A STRONG RACE LIKE LAST YEAR?
KR: Of course, you always want to be as far up the grid as you can and we clearly weren’t the fastest today, but you never know what might happen on Sunday. Our car is usually good in the race and as long as we don’t have any issues we should be up there fighting for a good result.

Video: SkySports interview post-qualifying with Kimi