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Kimi brings the first test session to a close

Posted: 02.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

“Good work from the team, now we’ll see what happens”

Montmelo, 2 March –The first winter test session has come to an end. Over the four days, the Scuderia Ferrari drivers completed 468 laps of the Catalunya Circuit in the SF70H, equivalent to 2178.4 kilometres. Seb Vettel did 267 laps and Kimi Raikkonen did 201. Today, the Finn was also able to try the wet weather tyres as the circuit was artificially watered.

“A new year, a new car and new rules,” was Kimi’s summing up of proceedings. “And it’s these rules that determine the feeling you have at the wheel, because you go a lot quicker than before: it’s down to a combination of the tyres and the car. What I can say is that the team has worked very well over the winter. Whether or not it will be enough, we cannot tell yet. I didn’t pay attention to what the other teams were doing, nor the lap times, because at this point, it means nothing. I’ve got the feeling that we learned some lessons from last year and at the moment, we can’t complain about how testing has gone so far. But before Melbourne, we have another week of testing and we still have a lot of work to do. More or less every year we know where we want to be and sometimes everything goes smoothly and other years less so.”

The second session gets underway on Tuesday 7th March, with Sebastian, who will also drive on Thursday 9th. Kimi drives on Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th.

Results: 02.03.2017

Pos Driver Car Trye Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Soft 1m20.872s - 93
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault Soft 1m21.769s 0.897s 85
3 Jolyon Palmer Renault Soft 1m21.778s 0.906s 39
4 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari Super-Soft 1m22.309s 1.437s 118
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari Ultra-Soft 1m22.401s 1.529s 84
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes Super-Soft 1m22.534s 1.662s 82
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda Ultra-Soft 1m22.576s 1.704s 67
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Soft 1m23.443s 2.571s 68
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault Soft 1m24.974s 4.102s 51
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault   - - 1

 

Seb’s first test of 2017 comes to an end

Posted: 01.03.2017 / Source: Ferrari

139 laps today: “Too early to draw any conclusions”

Three days of testing so far, with Sebastian Vettel at the wheel for two of them, therefore not enough for the driver to have a clear picture of the current situation. That will only happen in Melbourne. For now, Seb can take heart from some statistics: 139 laps completed today, to be added to the 129 from Monday, giving a total distance covered of 1247.54 kilometres in the cockpit of the SF70H at the Catalan track.

“A lot, but never enough. That’s what testing is for, to give you an idea. And the idea is that these cars, as a result of the new regulations, are very different to last year, in the way they look and in the way of driving them. We are more or less at the performance levels of ten years ago, with a lot of aerodynamic downforce, but also with quite a lot more weight. They are also more physical and at the end of the day, you feel tired, but this is normal for the first outing since the winter break. The tyres are also different and they behave more consistently. We have seen more or less what we expected: the cars are quicker in the corners and slower down the straights, because of the drag. But they are also great fun to drive.”

Conclusions? “It’s too early to understand the available potential: we focused on our programme, without paying the slightest attention to what the other teams were doing. All winter we have prepared so as to get here in the best possible shape. But there are still around four weeks to go to the first race and there is much work to do, so much in our programme. The stop towards the end doesn’t bother me: we were trying something that didn’t work, that’s all.”

Tomorrow, Thursday, it will once again be Kimi Raikkonen’s turn. The track will be watered so that the drivers can try the wet weather tyres.

Results: 01.03.2017

Pos

Driver

Car

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Ultra-Soft

1m19.705s

-

75

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Soft

1m19.952s

0.247s

139

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m21.153s

1.448s

70

4

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Soft

1m21.396s

1.691s

51

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Soft

1m21.791s

2.086s

42

6

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m21.824s

2.119s

126

7

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Soft

1m22.090s

2.385s

95

8

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m22.118s

2.413s

56

9

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

Soft

1m22.351s

2.646s

98

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Ultra-Soft

1m22.598s

2.893s

72

11

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m23.540s

3.835s

32

12

Alfonso Celis

Force India/Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m23.568s

3.863s

71

13

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m23.952s

4.247s

31

 

Results: 28.02.2017

Pos

Driver

Team

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

Soft

1m20.960s

-

108

2

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m20.983s

0.023s

66

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m22.200s

1.240s

89

4

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

Super-Soft

1m22.204s

1.244s

118

5

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

Super-Soft

1m22.509s

1.549s

86

6

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso/Renault

Soft

1m22.956s

1.996s

68

7

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Soft

1m22.986s

2.026s

102

8

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

Soft

1m24.139s

3.179s

53

9

Antonio Giovinazzi

Sauber/Ferrari

Soft

1m24.617s

3.657s

67

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren/Honda

Soft

1m25.600s

4.640s

40

11

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

Medium

1m26.040s

5.080s

12

 

Results: 27.02.2017

Pos

Driver

Car

Tyre

Time

Gap

Laps

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Soft

1m21.765s

-

73

2

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

Medium

1m21.878s

0.113s

128

3

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

Soft

1m22.076s

0.311s

103

4

Kevin Magnussen

Haas/Ferrari

Soft

1m22.894s

1.129s

51

5

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

Soft

1m22.926s

1.161s

50

6

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

Soft

1m23.169s

1.404s

79

7

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

Soft

1m23.709s

1.944s

39

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

Medium

1m24.494s

2.729s

51

9

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

Medium

1m24.784s

3.019s

57

10

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

Soft

1m24.852s

3.087s

29

11

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

Medium

1m26.841s

5.076s

72

 

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