Ferrari: Although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-free

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari team and drivers report from day one of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Round 1 of the 2014 Formula 1 World Championship, at Albert Park in Melbourne.

Kimi Raikkonen, P1 – 1:32.977, 9th; P2 – 1:30.898, 7th
“That was a pretty demanding day, because although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-free. In the first session we lost a bit of time, but that didn’t prevent us acquiring enough data to evaluate the overall handling of the car and the Pirelli compounds. This evening there will be a lot of work to do, especially to understand what didn’t work and to try and improve for Qualifying and the race”.

Fernando Alonso, P1 – 1:31.840, 1st; P2 – 1:30.132, 3rd
“On the first Friday of the season, there’s always a bit more tension. It’s the start of a new championship and there is the feeling of general expectation to see how things we worked on during the winter are functioning. Overall, this was a positive day for us and even if there was an element of nervousness because of the complexity introduced by the new technical regulations, everything went well. The team did a super job and we had no problems. The track improved from the first session to the second, with more grip compared to the morning and there was also more wind. Running the Soft tyre certainly helped, as the extra grip meant the times came down, but it’s impossible to have a clear idea of how competitive we are, because as usual, Friday results don’t mean much. To know more, we must wait until everyone is running in the same trim”.

Pat Fry, Ferrari Chassis Director
“That was a pretty demanding day, because although we managed to complete our programme, it wasn’t trouble-free. In the first session we lost a bit of time, but that didn’t prevent us acquiring enough data to evaluate the overall handling of the car and the Pirelli compounds. This evening there will be a lot of work to do, especially to understand what didn’t work and to try and improve for Qualifying and the race”.

  • Tamburello1994

    Kimi and Pat are definitely on message.