Kimi recovering as De la Rosa and Bianchi test

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen is recovering from the frightening accident on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, which saw him limping to the medical car after climbing out of the cockpit of his wrecked F14T.

The Ferrari driver still has “pain and some bruising in his left ankle and knee” after his car hit the barriers. Therefore Scuderia Ferrari has decided to rest the Finn so that he can be fully fit for the German Grand Prix on 20th July at Hockenheim.

As a result, the driver line-up for the Silverstone test has been changed: tomorrow for the first day, Test Driver Pedro de la Rosa will be at the wheel of the F14 T and on Wednesday, Jules Bianchi will stand in for Raikkonen. The Frenchman has been on the books at the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2010 and currently races in Formula 1 for Marussia.

Pedro de la Rosa finally gets to drive the F14 T for real, having done many kilometres in its virtual cockpit on the simulator, where he shares the work with Davide Rigon and Andrea Bertolini. Pedro will therefore be able to make a comparison and give the engineers some useful feedback.

During his day on track, a comparative test will take place at the same time back in Maranello and in a reverse of the usual situation, it will be Pedro de la Rosa on track and Fernando Alonso in the simulator.

Jules Bianchi will have his first run on the F14T, back at the wheel of a Ferrari for the first time since the Pirelli tyre test in December 2013. The Frenchman is having a great season, having secured his and Marussia’s first ever points when he finished ninth in Monaco.

Bianchi who is a long time Ferrari protege may be called in to replace Raikkonen should the Finn not be fully fit for the German Grand Prix, the young Frenchman a more obvious choice for the Maranello outfit, than De la Rosa, due to the fact that he is racing for Ferrari powererd Marussia while De la Rosa is relatively inexperienced with the V6 turbo powered technology. (GP247-Ferrari)