Kimi Raikkonen: “We’ve been doing our normal testing work, trying different things. We’ve tried to find good things. We always expect more as a team in terms of results. That’s Ferrari: we want to win and keep working. Then we will see what happens. We believe we can still win and we don’t want to give up, but improve.”
Fastest time of the test on Soft tyres
Silverstone, 13 July – At 6pm local time, the two-day test session ended at the Silverstone circuit in the UK. By the end of the day, Kimi Raikkonen had racked up a total of 103 laps in his SF16-H. The Finn worked on a programme that centred on set-up work, aerodynamic testing and short runs. Kimi’s fastest lap was a 1.30.665, which he set using the Soft compound. The next time the sound of F1 cars will be heard will be the weekend of 20 to 22 July, at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Kimi gets down to work: 39 laps before lunch
Silverstone, 13 July – The second day of testing got underway this morning at the Silverstone circuit. After the young FDA student Charles Leclerc made his debut yesterday, today it was Kimi Raikkonen who took to the track in the SF16-H. The first part of the programme focused on the usual set-up work and on aerodynamic testing. Kimi ran the Soft and Medium compound tyres, completing 39 laps, with a best time of 1.32.730 set on the Mediums.
Charles Leclerc: “This morning I was able to run in the dry. Driving a Ferrari is always an incredible experience.This afternoon, the bad weather didn’t help, but all the same I’d like to thank the guys for all their hard work and help. It was a really a great experience. I felt very confortable in the car. This morning we did some aero work, while in the afternoon, we had a problem with an old power unit, so we didn’t do so much running, especially as the weather wasn’t that good. All in all, I’m very happy with my day”.
Bad weather affects the FDA driver’s programme
Silverstone, 12 July –The first day of testing has come to a close at the Silverstone circuit. Charles Leclerc continued with the work begun this morning, focused mainly on acquiring data with the use of additional sensors. During the afternoon, the FDA driver had to make an unscheduled stop in the pits because of a power unit problem. After that, rain affected the rest of the planned programme. Leclerc got back out on track towards the end of the session, completing 19 laps in all, the best in a time of 1.34.446. Tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen takes over driving duties for the Scuderia.
The FDA youngster kicks off the Scuderia’s fourth test session of the season
Silverstone, 12 July – This morning, the Formula 1 teams two-day test got underway at Silverstone. Taking to the track for Scuderia Ferrari was Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari Driver Academy student, currently racing in GP3. The morning’s programme focused on allowing the youngster to get accustomed to the car, which for its early runs, was fitted with various measurement sensors. This task involved long periods of work in the garage. After that, it was a case of running with the Soft and Medium tyres. Leclerc completed 17 laps, the fastest in 1.34.446. The session restarts at 14h00 (local time) after the lunch break and ends at 18h00.