Circuit: Sakhir circuit – 5.412 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 24/28°C, track temperature 30/39 °C. Sunny.
Laps/Kms completed: 54/292
Best time: 1:36.432
First day of testing for Scuderia Ferrari, working from today until Sunday at the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain, at the final pre-season test.
Kimi Raikkonen was back at the wheel of the F14 T, as the team resumed its work programme aimed at preparation for the first race of the season.
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.
“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 to www.ferrari.com – “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.”
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will be on track.
Sakhir, 27 February –For Kimi, this was the penultimate day of testing before the start of the season as he got back behind the wheel of the F14 T. His last day comes on Saturday. This morning’s the Finn’s progress was delayed by a problem, but the afternoon went well. “Before I leave Sakhir, it’s planned that I should do a race distance and that’s the only thing I’m missing. Today we chose to concentrate on some of the many things we still have to work on and we won’t assess the winter testing until the final day, when we will put together all the data we have gathered. What I can say is that I have been through worse winters than this.”
Raikkonen seemed very relaxed about the topic of fuel consumption and how it could influence the races, when asked about it by journalists. “It’s been years now that we haven’t been able to drive flat out from start to finish,” he replied. “First you had to look after the engines, then it was the tyres. You are never pushing 100% on every lap because there is always something you have to keep an eye on. We will also get used to the 2014 situation, but we have to start racing before worrying about it.”
As for what he thought the others were up to, Kimi gave his characteristically succinct response. “We have been on different programmes and I don’t think you can judge a car’s potential from how many laps it does in testing. We have a lot of things to test and we want to make the most of these days to check everythting, because the race weekend doesn’t last long and the hours on Friday fly by, while on the other days you are only looking for performance.”
Tomorrow, the second day of this final test, Fernando Alonso will be in the F14 T.
Sakhir, 27 February–First day of the final test session for the Formula 1 teams at Sakhir, Bahrain. Kimi Raikkonen’s performance this morning at the wheel of the F14 T was witnessed by Piero Ferrari, the son of the Founder and current Vice President of the company, who decided to add his support to the team at this key moment of the year. “I have come to encourage the whole group, but also I was curious to find out what these cars sound like,” he told www.ferrari.com. “I still remember the noise the engines made in the Eighties and the current power units don’t seem so different to those. However, these cars are the interpretation of a technological challenge that can be summed up as being momentous and right for this age. Ferrari has accepted this challenge, also looking to the future and the possible transfer of this technology to its road cars. I think it really is a step forward that can prove to be very satisfactory.”
Ferrari then went on to say: “When I talk about new technologies, I don’t really mean the turbo so much, which for us is already part of the present as can be seen on the new California T, which we will launch at the Geneva Motor Show, fitted with a new generation turbocompressor, but rather I’m thinking of the hybrid aspect of the car, with the ability to recover energy from braking and from the exhaust gases linked to the turbo. This technology can lead to cars having amazingly low consumption levels and ever higher performance. In this sense, I believe Formula 1 can open the door to these new systems.”
As for the coming Formula 1 season, he added, “It’s hard to make predictions. For sure I can say that it will be complicated because there are many more variables. Up to last year, one only really had to take into account aerodynamics and tyres, while this year the power unit will have a much bigger role to play in deciding the outcome, not just in terms of outright power, but also when it comes to making strategic decisions. With just 100 kilos of fuel on board, one of the keys to the season will be consumption. It will be impossible to complete a GP pushing from start to finish. One will have to pay close attention and be able to react when it come to race tactics. That’s another reason why we opted for two experienced drivers.”