A good start to the season at Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen and James Allison on the same wavelength at the end of the second of four days of testing in southern Spain.
By the end of his second and final day at Jerez, Raikkonen had managed to complete a total of 47 laps, the fastest in a time of 1:24.812. He continued the task of checking the car’s functionality as well as trying a few set-up changes.
He said, “Every time we go out on track we learn something new. This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve.”
James Allison, Scuderia’s Technical Director, commented, “We have obtained some good baselines from which to continue the development of the F14 T. We are working mainly on car reliability and so far, we can claim to be reasonably satisfied because, even though we are talking about a car that’s almost totally new, we haven’t encountered any particular problems. We are also happy with the data parameters we have seen in terms of cooling, as well as those relating to aerodynamic downforce: both of them have matched our expectations.”
Asked for an opinion on Raikkonen’s second debut in red, Allison said, “He is still the same strong driver, with his usual phlegmatic approach,” added the Englishman with a smile.
“It’s difficult for him to get over excited about something, but he gives the engineers the feedback they need to do their job. He might not say much, but he is incredibly accurate when it comes to explain what needs to be done to make the car quicker.”
Allison confessed to not having paid the slightest attention to what other teams have been doing, therefore he is unable to give an opinion on how competitive the F14 T might be. “There’s too much to do to think about the others. We have to keep an eye on every detail, because it only takes the smallest thing to leave you stranded. Between now and Melbourne, we will have to organise every last detail to be ready for the first race.”
Testing continues at the circuit on Thursday, when Fernando Alonso will make his season debut on track in the Ferrari F14T. (Ferrari)
Subbed by AJN.