Kimi Raikkonen was the man of the day at the fourth and final test day for this opening 2017 testing session, the Ferrari driver topping the times on the scheduled wet day, drawing the session to a close.
Over the course of his two days testing, Kimi completed a total of 201 laps, just less than half the amount of mileage the Maranello based squad put on the new SF70Hf. In fact, over the four days period, the team completed 468 laps of the Catalunya Circuit, equivalent to 2178.4 kilometres.
Just like his teammate, Kimi knows it is too early to draw too many conclusions, however he can’;t complain about how things have gone so far…
“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.