ABU DHABI TEST – DAY 1

Formula One Testing Abu DhabiReport

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.

Day 1 Times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m43.396s 80
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m43.888s 0.492s 81
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m44.512s 1.116s 114
4 Jolyon Palmer Force India/Mercedes 1m44.516s 1.120s 37
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. Red Bull/Renault 1m45.339s 1.943s 100
6 Will Stevens Caterham/Renault 1m45.436s 2.040s 102
7 Charles Pic Lotus/Renault 1m46.167s 2.771s 89
8 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.487s 3.091s 95
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m47.194s 3.798s 55
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 3

Morning Report

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 ]

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