Raikkonen spends Ferrari filming day in Barcelona


Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen donned flashy sunglasses as the Ferrari duo joined camera crews during a film day at Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday.

The pair gave Ferrari and F1 fans a glimpse behind the scenes as they put on the famous red colours before posing on the racetrack and behind the scenes in the garages.

Both drivers are preparing for the new season and a buoyant Raikkonen feels Ferrari may have turned a corner having driven the new and improved Ferrari in testing.

‘You usually know if a car is good or not, and this year is a completely different story than last year as I had a good feeling straight away when I went out,’ enthused Raikkonen.

‘It’s early days, but it’s great to see how good it is, how well people are working together, and with Sebastian we have a good relationship so we can push the team forward.

‘Of course, we will try to beat each other on the circuit, but I’m sure we’ll have some fun and hopefully we’ll get some good results this year.’

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Barcelona Test – Day 2: Kimi’s thoughts


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Barcelona Test – Day 2 Results



Circuit: Montmelò circuit – 4.655 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T
Weather: Air temperature 4/14 °C, track temperature 9/20. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 90/419
Fastest time: 1:24.584
Tyres used:  Soft, Medium Hard,
Programme: System checks, long runs, set-up work and tyre testing.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Today was not ideal, we had some small issues which prevented us from running as much as we wanted, but still we managed to do other stuff, try things and learn. We are going in the right direction in all areas and the team did a good job over the winter. Of course, racing is a different story from testing, but so far it has been good. The team bosses have managed to put the right people in the right places. It’s still early days, but everybody seems to enjoy it more. For the next test we’ll try to put the right things into the car”.

Final times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m24.574s - 143
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m24.584s 0.010s 90
3 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m24.672s 0.098s 88
4 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m24.702s 0.128s 121
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m24.923s 0.349s 89
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m25.556s 0.982s 66
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m25.961s 1.387s 59
8 Jolyon Palmer Lotus/Mercedes 1m26.280s 1.706s 77
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.344s 2.770s 113
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m28.945s 4.371s 100



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Ferrari boss Arrivabene on enthusiastic Raikkonen

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene believes Formula 1 will see a new, happier Kimi Raikkonen this year.

The 35-year-old endured the worst season of his F1 career in 2014 with a solitary fourth place in Belgium his best result.

The Finn, who was Ferrari’s last world champion back in 2007, was well-beaten by team-mate Fernando Alonso, finishing 106 points and six places adrift in the drivers’ standings.

He struggled with the handling of the Ferrari, which did not suit his style of being heavy on the front tyres and gentle on the rear.

But Raikkonen seemed happier during 2015’s opening test at Jerez and has said that he is feeling more comfortable with the car.

And Arrivabene says he has noticed a change in Raikkonen’s typically uncommunicative persona, joking that the Finn must be feeling “sick” because he’s smiling so much.

“He had his problems [last year],” said Arrivabene. “Problems because he was not feeling the car, especially the front.

“It was not a car that was adapted to the style of Kimi.

“He is demonstrating that these days, he is feeling the car better and he is smiling.

“This is very, very strange. It is the real scoop of the weekend.”

Arrivabene added that Raikkonen’s behaviour in the garage has also been different to 2014 so far during testing.

“Kimi was also on the ground to move the car and try to adjust something,” he said.

“I asked him: ‘What are you doing?’ He said ‘I was a mechanic’.

“This is the atmosphere in the team, all the guys around him were surprised to look at him and to hear him talking and talking and talking.

“I thought he was sick but he is not. It is just enthusiasm and I am sure this year Kimi can demonstrate his level.

“Kimi is very motivated and he is getting very, very well with [new team-mate] Seb [Vettel] and this is great.”

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