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3 feb. 2014

Ferrari F14 Could Be A Win For Ferrari Racing

Life in the fast lane is competitive and nobody likes to be second best. Ferrari recently unveiled a new formula one race car, the F14 T, that they hope will make them a winner. Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen helped unveil the new car on Saturday and the name of the car was chosen by an online vote.

The F14 T is powered by a 1.6 liter, turbo V6 power engine and has a unique look. Alonso and Raikkonen are hoping that this new car has what it takes to help them take first place. In the last four years, Alonso has placed second three times and fourth once. Raikkonen has previously raced with Lotus, but has done well, scoring third and fifth place in the last two years.

Together, Alonso and Raikkonen may be unstoppable, especially with the new car.

“Are we the strongest team? We hope to be,” said Raikkonen. “We have the desire to win but only time will tell if we can bring the title back to Ferrari.”

2 feb. 2014

Ferrari shows off their new F1 engine

Ferrari has recently revealed some new details about the company’s F1 engine and the switch of driver from Felipe Massa to Kimi Raikkonen.

Speaking at company’s Christmas dinner, Ferrari’s President Luca di Montezemolo said that it was obvious that he is not happy with the way things went in Formula One but it was a great season for them in GT racing, where they won all over the world.

Talking about Formula One, di Montezemolo said that he is quite happy with some of the rule changes as “It’s impossible for Formula 1 to keep going with aerodynamics counting for 90% of the story.” He further stated that next year, reliability and the ability of the drivers to manage the race in a very different way to the past will be vital.

Speaking on the decision to replace Felipe Massa with Kimi Raikkonen, the executive said that Felipe was a real Ferrari man and together, they shared some marvelous times. However, he said that they have taken the right decision, both for the driver and the company.

Talking about the engine, it’s a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit called the 059/3. Per Formula One’s new regulations, the engine is backed up by an electric motor that also acts as a generator.

1 feb. 2014

Raikkonen's extracurricular activities

Kimi Raikkonen has always been his own man, and when he tired of F1 in 2009, he set off for a two-year sabbatical. AUTOSPORT looks back at his rallying, NASCAR and sportscar adventures

KIMI IN RALLYING

The Iceman became the Snowman pretty quickly. Shortly after starting his very first event with the Citroen C4 WRC in 2010 - the Arctic Rally in Finland, a warm-up for Rally Sweden - spectators were treated to the surreal sight of the 2007 Formula 1 world champion digging his own car out of a snowbank.

That would never have happened at Ferrari. But it was a skill that Raikkonen was to practise again on Rally Sweden itself a couple of weeks later, where the icy stages also take no prisoners. The man who Sir Stirling Moss once described as "the fastest driver in the world" turned out to be a dab hand with a shovel as well.

31 ian. 2014

Raikkonen starts Ferrari simulator work ahead of F1 2014 campaign

Kimi Raikkonen has started simulator work ahead of his return to Ferrari for the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The Finn, who won the 2007 world championship for the Scuderia, is now in his first week working at Ferrari since agreeing to return.

Ferrari has confirmed Raikkonen arrived at Maranello this morning and will spend three days working with the engineers and running in the simulator.

"It's good to be back at work," said Raikkonen.

"I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year.

"From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful."

Raikkonen missed the final two races of the 2013 season in order to have back surgery.

He first visited Maranello the week before Christmas, and will stay until Wednesday on his latest visit.

But despite the fact he has not driven for Ferrari since the end of 2009 and the major rule changes for this season, Raikkonen insists his workload is not too intense.

"It's true there's lots to do but the workload is not much different to what it was in the past," said Raikkonen.

30 ian. 2014

First three days back at Ferrari for Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen is currently in the middle of his first official week of work at Ferrari since announcing his return to the team for the 2014 Formula One season.

The former World Champion (pictured, from 2009) arrived in Maranello yesterday for what the Scuderia says will be three days of work both with the team’s engineers and in the simulator.

“It’s good to be back at work,” Raikkonen told Ferrari’s website yesterday. “I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year. From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful.

“It’s true there’s lots to do, but the workload is not much different to what it was in the past. For me, these days in Maranello are also an opportunity to be with the team and spend a bit more time with my many friends here.”

29 ian. 2014

Raikkonen back in the red of Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen was back in Ferrari colours this week for the first time since his acrimonious split from the Italian outfit.

The Finn parted company with Ferrari at the end of the 2009 season after the Maranello team bought him out of the remainder of his contract.
Raikkonen, who won his only Formula One title with the famous constructor in 2007, was replaced by Fernando Alonso.

But after agreeing a surprise return to Italy following a turbulent two-year spell with Lotus -- which ended abruptly amid claims the Finn hadn't been paid -- Raikkonen will now line up alongside Alonso in 2014.
"It's good to be back at work," Raikkonen, who won last year's season-opening Australian Grand Prix, said.
Speaking to the Ferrari website, the 34-year-old added: "I began by getting used to all the new systems and procedures that we will use this year. From this point of view, the simulator is really very useful.


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28 ian. 2014

Raikkonen in exciting challenge

Finn racing driver Kimi Raikkonen is not expecting any issues when he teams up with new race engineer Antonio Spagnolo this season.

The former Lotus man is making his return to Ferrari after a four-year absence, and the 34-year-old has admitted that he is looking forward to forming a successful partnership with Spagnolo. "We worked two years with him with data, he was the data engineer for me," he said. the 2007 World Champion.

"I know him from that time already so basically it wasn't too difficult and I've seen him at some races and we spoke to each other in the paddock last year," Raikkonen added. "For him also it's a bit of a new challenge but he knows the systems and has a lot of experience, I think it should be fine," he continued.

"Obviously we have to start from somewhere and build things together but I don't see any problems or why it wouldn't be good, all new and exciting."

Read more at: http://www.clubcall.com/formula-1/raikkonen-in-exciting-challenge-1697904.html

27 ian. 2014

A step into the unknown

Four seasons after he departed the Scuderia under a cloud, to be replaced with a degree of irony by his new team-mate Fernando Alonso, the Finn has arrived back as F1 undergoes its biggest technical change in, arguably, a quarter of a century.

According to Raikkonen, little has changed at Maranello during the intervening period but it sounds as though home comforts are something the 2007 World Champion might welcome as he starts getting to grips with Ferrari's new F14 T - V6 turbo hybrid engine and all - in Spain next week.

The first pre-season test is where teams hope to familiarise themselves with their new cars but according to Raikkonen, "I think it's going to be a bit more of an unknown situation than in many other years. Now, there's changes on engines and gearboxes and all the electronics, so we have to see how it goes.

"Hopefully, we have no problems and can run the car and check the systems, do normal running that is necessary in the first test every year and get through the programme as smoothly as we can.

"But it's very difficult to say because there's so many new unknowns. Before we run the car next week, we really don't know what to expect."

26 ian. 2014

Partnering Raikkonen no problem for Alonso

Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has stressed he is happy to work alongside Kimi Raikkonen as the Finn returns to Ferrari after a five-year absence.

Raikkonen was the last man to win the drivers' championship with the Italian team back in 2007 as Alonso's four-year spell has coincided with Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull's reign of dominance.

The Spaniard could at least be assured of his superiority within his own team in recent years, but with the more decorated Raikkonen having replaced Felipe Massa there has been no clear word out of the team's headquarters in Maranello over who will be their number one driver.

It is not the first time that Alonso has been challenged by the arrival of a teammate as he was usurped by an inexperienced Lewis Hamilton during an unhappy one season stay at McLaren in 2007.

25 ian. 2014

Blundell to help manage Ferrari F1 man Raikkonen

Mark Blundell is to work with Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn's management and advisors and will now 'represent' and help manage the commercial rights for the 2007 F1 world champion through his company, MB Partners, it has been announced.

Raikkonen returns to Ferrari this year to join Fernando Alonso for the first of two seasons. He left the team and F1 in 2009 for a career in the World Rally Championship, before heading back to F1 with Lotus in 2012. Raikkonen achieved Lotus F1's first race win at the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and last year secured another victory and a further seven podiums, to finish fifth in the championship standings.

“I have known Kimi's management and advisors for a very long time,” said Blundell, who raced for Brabham, Ligier, Tyrrell and McLaren during his stint in F1 from 1991-1995, “and as such, we are working closely together on behalf of Kimi.”

“He is without a doubt one of the best F1 drivers on the grid,” added the former Crash.net columnist, “and combined with Ferrari is a powerful commercial proposition.”

24 ian. 2014

Raikkonen fastest on quiet day of testing

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fastest as Lewis Hamilton crashed his Mercedes on an otherwise quiet opening day to Formula One's pre-season testing in Jerez, southern Spain on Tuesday.
It was a frustrating start, though, for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, as he was only able to complete three laps, and former world champion Jenson Button as the new McLaren MP4-29 failed to make it out of the garage.

Raikkonen, who is making his return to Ferrari after a three-year spell between 2007 and 2009 which saw him win the world drivers title in his first season with them, was also able to complete the most laps with 31 of the paltry 93 combined total.

And the Finn said getting used to a new car, modelled to comply with a series of new technical regulations, is the primary objective of first week back racing with the Italian team.


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23 ian. 2014

2014 Jerez: Ferrari Formula One F1 Wednesday Test Recap

Circuit: Jerez circuit - 4.428 km Driver: Kimi Raikkonen Car: Ferrari F14 T Weather: air temperature 9/14°C, track temperature 10/15 °C. Light rain in the morning, sunny and cloudy in the afternoon. Laps/Kms completed: 47/208 Best time: 1:24.812 

Second day of testing at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit for Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the F14 T. 

Because of the wet start to the day, the morning programme began with the testing requested by Pirelli, relating to development of their wet weather tyres. The Scuderia was quickly able to assess the intermediate tyres, thus making the most of the time remaining and the progressively drying track to begin work on the car in preparation for the afternoon’s programme. 

By the end of the day, Raikkonen had managed to complete a total of 47 laps, the fastest in a time of 1.24.812. He continued the task of checking the car’s functionality as well as trying a few set-up changes. 

"Every time we go out on track we learn something new" - said Kimi to www.ferrari.com - "This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve." 

Testing continues at this circuit tomorrow, when Fernando Alonso will make his season debut on track.

22 ian. 2014

F1: first test drive for Ferrari F14

Ferrari's 2014 race car got its first bite of action in the opening set of Formula One pre-season tests at the Spanish circuit of Jerez on Tuesday.

There was excitement at seeing the new F14-T, which was unveiled at Ferrari's Maranello headquarters at the weekend, make its first moves and at seeing former world champion Kimi Raikkonen back behind the wheel.

But the Italian team's thoughts remained with their former driver and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since suffering head injuries in a skiing accident in France almost a month ago.

Indeed, the F14-T carried the message "Forza Michael" as it made its debut in Jerez.

Ferrari have also started publishing on their website the first of 72 messages of support for Schumacher to represent each of his grand prix wins with them between 1996 and 2006.

The team are hoping that the F14-T will enable them to end a long dry run, with their last constructor's championship win dating to 2008 and the last drivers' title going back to when Finn Raikkonen won in 2007 during his first stint with the team.

21 ian. 2014

Allison ‘reasonably happy’ with new Ferrari

Ferrari technical director James Allison says he is “reasonably happy” with where the team is after two days of pre-season testing.

Kimi Raikkonen was quickest on the opening day of the first day at Jerez and followed that up with the second quickest time on Wednesday while completing 47 laps. Asked how happy he was with the progress made by Ferrari in terms of understanding its car and ironing out problems, Allison admitted it had been an encouraging start.

“I'm reasonably happy by what we've seen so far,” Allison said. “I don't think there are any killers that we've uncovered. Of course the faults list is not a short one – it never is with a new car – but we are able to keep getting out of the garage and going round the laps and our relative lack of laps compared with the V8 era is not about the fundamental reliability of the package it's about us making sure we don't make mistakes with what we're programming in to it.”

Allison also had praise for the work done by the engine division at Ferrari in supplying the design team with a well-packaged power unit in order to allow greater flexibility with the F14-T's aerodynamics.

“The overall philosophy of the car is, on the power unit side, that everybody has got the same amount of fuel; whoever can make the engine most efficient will have the most power, so the engine guys have been working long and hard for that. At the same time they've been aggressive and bending over backwards for us on the chassis side to make sure they produce an engine that is packageable, that allows itself to be cooled with radiators that are manageably packageable on the car. You see our car has got quite a neat cooling package and the bodywork is quite small – that's part of what the engine guys have done to provide that for us.

20 ian. 2014

Raikkonen strong on day two for Ferrari

A good start with Kimi Raikkonen and James Allison on the same wavelength at the end of the second of four days of testing with Ferrari at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

Because of the wet start to the day, the morning programme began with the testing
requested by Pirelli, relating to development of their wet weather tires. The Scuderia was
quickly able to assess the intermediate tyres, thus making the most of the time remaining
and the progressively drying track to begin work on the car in preparation for the
afternoon’s program.

By the end of the day, Raikkonen had managed to complete a total of 47 laps, the fastest
in a time of 1.24.812. He continued the task of checking the car’s functionality as well as
trying a few set-up changes.

“Every time we go out on track we learn something new” – said Kimi to www.ferrari.com –
“This week the times don’t matter and the only thing that does is to do a good number of
laps without any problems and fortunately, we have managed that on both days. The team
is working hard and at the next test in Bahrain, we will continue to improve.”

19 ian. 2014

Raikkonen mileage pleases Ferrari

The Finn topped the times on the opening day of running at Jerez and ended day two second fastest to McLaren's Jenson Button.

More encouraging to Ferrari than the times, however, is the fact that the F14 T has completed 78 laps over the opening two days.

"I am reasonably happy with what we have seen so far," said Allison. "I don't think there are any killers we have uncovered.

"The fault list is not a short one, it never is with a new car, but we are able to keep going out of the garage and doing the laps.

"Our relative lack of laps compared with the V8 era is not about the fundamental reliability of the package, it is about us making sure we don't make mistakes."

Allison said the lack of running throughout the field compared to 12 months ago was evidence not of poor reliability but simply the complication of the new rules.

"The point of these first two days is to get running, get the car programmed with the gazillion of numbers that you need to make it do its thing, and to make sure that the really basic building blocks of the car are correct," he said.

18 ian. 2014

Jerez F1 test: Day two times

Having been forced to skip the first day of Formula 1 pre-season testing, Jenson Button marked the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-29's track debut by going quickest on day two at Jerez.

The British driver completed 43 laps to edge out day one pace setter Kimi Raikkonen by just over six tenths, while Williams' Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez ensured Mercedes-powered cars took up four of the top five positions.

By contrast, Renault had a disappointing day with Red Bull Racing and Caterham suffering issues, while Scuderia Toro Rosso didn't make it out on track at all. So far Renault-powered cars have completed just 38 laps in two days, compared with Mercedes on 212 and Ferrari on 100.

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1. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1min 24.165secs
2. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 24.812secs
3. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 1min 25.344secs
4. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1min 25.588secs
5. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1min 28.376secs
6. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1min 33.270secs
7. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 1min 37.975secs
8. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1min 38.320secs

17 ian. 2014

Raikkonen tops times on first day of pre-season testing in Spain

After a winter of anticipation, Formula One racing’s new generation of 1.6-litre turbocharged cars were put through their paces for the first time on Tuesday as pre-season testing got under way in Jerez.

At the end of a day that saw limited running as teams battled to get to grips with the radically different systems on their new machines, Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen emerged at the top of the timesheets in Spain.

Raikkonen completed 31 laps - the most of anyone - and set a best time of 1m 27.104s as the Italian team did some aerodynamic mapping and checked the functionality of the F14 T’s on-board systems.

“We had a lot of new things to learn today,” said the Finn. "Even if we would have liked to do more laps, I think that for a first day it was alright. Towards the end, when the track was damp, we chose not to take any risks. Now we have a lot of work ahead of us, but all in all, we are pleased with our first day.”

16 ian. 2014

Raikkonen heads first day of testing, only six post times

The Finn leapfrogged Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes one hour from the day's end, with the Briton's session ending prematurely after a front wing failure sent him crashing into the Turn 1 barriers.

Hamilton had previously been the first man to venture out on track and the first man to set a competitive time, and was more than five seconds clear at the head of the timesheets when he suffered the accident.
He was unable to return, but remained upbeat about the team's day one showing.

In contrast, Red Bull's reigning champion Sebastian Vettel managed just three installation laps in the final minutes of the day, while McLaren failed to get out at all.

At the time of Hamilton's crash, which came at midday, Jean-Eric Vergne had been Hamilton's closest challenger in terms of both lap count and time, even if his deficit was sizeable.

15 ian. 2014

Raikkonen yet to reveal Ferrari speed

Kimi Raikkonen says he was not focusing on speed at all despite setting the fastest time for Ferrari on the opening day of the first test at Jerez.

Tuesday's running was punctuated by red flags and spells without a car on track as all the teams attempted to get to grips with the new V6 turbo engines for 2014. However, Mercedes looked strong early on before a front wing failure for Lewis Hamilton, and then Raikkonen went on to complete the most laps of the day en-route to the quickest time.

Although he topped the timesheets by almost three quarters of a second from Hamilton, Raikkonen insisted the team had no interest on pushing the car at the first test.

“The lap times don't mean anything right now, we just want to learn from the car and make it run as well as we can,” Raikkonen said. “We will see in Bahrain at some point what kind of speed we do. It doesn't matter what happened last year, it's a completely different game now.

“It's not such a big difference to drive. In an ideal world when we get everything working as we want – as the plan is – I don't think that it's an awful lot different. But obviously now when everything is new, very cold conditions, not so much grip then the circuit is a bit trickier and we don't push much, but it's still very similar driving than before.”

And Raikkonen the team had found getting the different systems in the car to work in harmony had proven the toughest task on the opening day.

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