Sakhir, 1 March –It’s been a busy morning in the Scuderia Ferrari garage on the penultimate day of testing at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. The mechanics have finished fitting the latest updates to the F14 T, but the team also had to tackle an annoying problem with a connector which involved some dismantling before the car was ready.
This afternoon, Kimi Raikkonen is scheduled to tackle a race simulation, hopefully without any unplanned visits to the garage. Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is here in Bahrain for the final two days of testing prior to the Australian GP and he’ll be keeping a keen eye on proceedings as the Finn goes for a 60 lap run to submit all the components to a stiff test. For Kimi it will be a chance to adapt his driving style to the demands imposed by the new regulations, when race management and strategy will be even more important than ever.
Final rehearsal for Kimi
Circuit: Sakhir circuit – 5.412 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 24/29°C, track temperature 27/37 °C. Sunny.
Laps/Kms completed: 87/470
Best time: 1:35.426
The sun was still shining on Scuderia Ferrari as it tackled the penultimate day of testing at the Sakhir Circuit. It marked Kimi Raikkonen’s final test appearance prior to the Finn getting back behind the wheel of the F14 T at the Australian GP in twelve days’ time.
In the morning, after a series of laps, the team had to deal with a problem relating to a connector, which meant the mechanics had to partially dismantle the car to get it fully sorted out.
In the afternoon, Kimi did some short runs as well as a race simulation, including some live practice pit stops.
“I’d hoped to do more laps, but this wasn’t an easy day,” said Kimi to www.ferrari.com. “We lost some time this morning when we had to fix something on the car, but then we managed to make up for some of it in the afternoon. Running a race distance, we continued to get more data relating to fuel consumption strategies and tyre degradation, even though the strong wind upset the driving a lot. I’d like to be able to say we did better, but there’s still one more day with Fernando to continue our preparation for Melbourne.”
Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will be on track for the final day of the test.