After having been entrusted with the Ferrari F14 T’s track debut Kimi Raikkonen’s evaluation of his first day ‘back at the office’ was short and to the point, but did make a point of saying that the much slower new era Formula 1 cars did not concern him.
The Finn, on his return to Ferrari, completed 32 laps on the Andalusian track, which was more than anyone else on the day, set the best time of 1:27.04 (which happened to be 10 seconds down on the best time set last year on day one of testing at Jerez, and three seconds adrift of the best GP2 time) around the former GP venue.
Granted, it was a very unusual day, and perhaps inevitable that, with brand new cars designed to all new rules and powered by V6 turbo engines for the first time, there would be teething troubles which would slow down the development work.
Although the Maranello outfit did rack up the most laps, the team had its troubles, especially in the morning. But in the afternoon, Raikkonen was able to do more consistent running.
“The biggest challenge now is to ensure [that] everything works. The new cars are much more complicated than the previous ones and there are a thousand details that can slow down the work. This morning, we’d have liked to do a few more laps but in the afternoon I think we did a good job. From a driving point of view, I didn’t feel any amazing difference, although it’s much too early to give an opinion on this,” said Raikkonen at the end of the day.
“Overall, we can say it was a good start. We have a solid base from which to work over the coming days. The times from this test mean nothing and we will only begin to understand something … in Bahrain. The cars are much slower? It’s pointless making comparisons with the past because everything is completely different,” added the 2007 World Champion. (GP247)
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