Kimi Raikkonen has ended his preparations for the new season after a tough day in the Ferrari F14 T, where the 2007 World Champion managed to complete 87 laps which incorporated a race simulation later in the afternoon. Although the Finn’s final day in the car gradually improved, he expressed dissatisfaction afterwards with the amount of mileage completed.
The Scuderia’s morning session was hampered slightly due to an issue with a connector, which forced the mechanics to partially dismantle the car in a bid to solve the issue. This frustratingly prevented Kimi Raikkonen from taking to the Bahrain International Circuit, as the penultimate day of winter testing continued. Eventually the issue was rectified, which then allowed the 2007 World Champion to carry out a race simulation in the afternoon session which included several live pit-stops. Although the outfit were able to acquire data relating to fuel consumption and tyre degradation, Kimi Raikkonen had initially hoped to end his track time with more laps under his belt.
“I’d hoped to do more laps, but this wasn’t an easy day,” explained Kimi Raikkonen, who will hand over driving duties to Fernando Alonso for the final day. “We lost some time this morning when we had to fix something on the car, but then we managed to make up for some of it in the afternoon. Running a race distance, we continued to get more data relating to fuel consumption strategies and tyre degradation, even though the strong wind upset the driving a lot. I’d like to be able to say we did better, but there’s still one more day with Fernando to continue our preparation for Melbourne.”
Despite Kimi Raikkonen’s mixed emotions after the penultimate day of testing, the Scuderia still managed to end the day 3rd fastest behind the Williams of Felipe Massa and Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. Both Ferrari and Fernando Alonso will understandably be hoping for an untroubled final day to testing tomorrow, when the Spaniard assumes driving duties from his Finnish team-mate. With the season-opening Australian Grand Prix just around the corner, the team will naturally continue what has been a monumental learning curve to get to grips with the sports many technical alterations.
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