F1 News: 2014 Bahrain GP Practice – Ferrari

//F1 News: 2014 Bahrain GP Practice – Ferrari

F1 News: 2014 Bahrain GP Practice – Ferrari

Ferrari LogoFernando Alonso: “After many daytime races, it was really strange to be running here in the dark even if it
was not very different to the other night time races, so we just have to get used to it. From this aspect,
today was very useful, especially FP2, to learn about the behaviour of the tyres and the car. Even if we did a
lot of running here in winter testing, now it’s like starting from scratch and one has to adapt to the new
indications coming from the differing track conditions. We know our strong points and the areas we must
focus on to improve, but we must not overreact in trying to close the performance gap. At the moment we
must make steady progress while still keeping an eye on reliability, which has brought us a good points
haul in the first couple of races, which is always very important.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “Overall, this was a difficult day, because I didn’t feel comfortable with the car in either
session. In the first one, I damaged the floor on the kerb at turn 4 and this meant I had to pit. The team did
a super job, because they got me back out on track in a short time, but then, because of a problem with
the brakes, I was unable to complete the programme. In the second session we concentrated on looking at
the two Pirelli compounds and with the Soft it was definitely better than the Medium. Now we will get
down to analysing all today’s data, especially regarding the immediate change in the track from day to
night and we will try and improve for qualifying and the race.”

Pat Fry: “Today’s two sessions were very different to one another, as was predicted, partly because of the
programmes we ran and partly because the track was cleaner in the second one. In general, the second
session was more representative, just because the temperatures were more similar to what we can expect in
the race. Work on both cars concentrated on set-up, aimed at improving stability under braking. In the
earlier session, Kimi’s programme was interrupted when the floor on his F14T was partly broken after he
hit a kerb at turn 4, but we had no problems with Fernando. Then tonight, we did a long run test and now
we must look closely at tyre performance, which is a key factor this weekend along with fuel consumption.
It will be interesting to see how the hierarchy will change between tomorrow and Sunday, because the
technical characteristics of this track mean the gaps between some of the teams could close up.”

2018-07-17T23:22:02+00:00April 4th, 2014|Formula One|