Kimi Raikkonen’s aversion to simulators is well known and well documented, but at the start of his second stint as a Ferrari driver the Finn appears to have embraced the concept.
On Monday Raikkonen embarked on his first week’s work at Maranello since he departed at the end of the 2009 Formula 1 season. It was the first of three days at the factory where he is familiarising himself with the 2014 version of the team, for whom he won the world title for in 2007 – their last F1 World Championship triumph to date.
He will be meeting the engineers and team personnel whom he will be working with during 2014 and beyond.
Raikkonen said, “It’s good to be back at work. I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year. From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful.”
“It’s true there’s lots to do, but the workload is not much different to what it was in the past. For me, these days in Maranello are also an opportunity to be with the team and spend a bit more time with my many friends here,” added the driver popularly known as the Iceman.
At the same time last year Raikkonen said, “I just think that I can learn nothing in the simulator. I learn a new track quickly, without a simulator.”
This opinion seems to have been reversed as F1 ‘testing’ these days is virtual, predominantly done on simulators, as real world testing is severely curtailed in an effort to cut costs.
Ferrari said on its website, “Kimi will stay in Maranello until Wednesday this week, proving that the Finn is keen to renew his relationship with the team that was his home from 2007 to 2009, as quickly as possible.” (GP247)
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