Kimi Raikkonen finishes ahead of Lewis Hamilton in second day of winter testing
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 28, 2017 Updated: 3:11 PM
Photo: Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen finished on top on the second day of pre-season testing.
Raikkonen finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:20.960 and 108 laps on the soft tire. Signs of Ferrari's progress started with Sebastian Vettel Monday, finishing just a tenth behind Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton started his run in the morning but still finished second with 66 laps on the super-soft tire. Teams are still trying to understand Pirelli's wider new tires, which means that no one has truly started to discover their true potential.
"I think we’ve made some steps forward in development. My quick lap felt fast and tidy. We’ve not really exploited the potential of the car, so it’s all good foundation building at this stage.
These new tyres seem to be lasting a lot better than they did previously, so I think you can push them more and fight harder, lap after lap, so that’s a good step in the right direction," said Hamilton.
After Hamilton's run, he then handed the car over to new teammate Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon. Later, Bottas had a bit of a scary moment when he lost the rear of his car at Turn 9. He managed to save the car, only kissing the wall, but finished the afternoon with 102 laps in the book.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen had a solid day logging 89 laps in the RB12, along with Kevin Magnussen, who had a very impressive day for Haas, logging a massive 119 laps and finishing fourth on the time sheet.
"The speed difference compared to the cars from last year is a good step; it’s definitely more enjoyable through the faster corners. You also have a lot more traction going through the slow corners and that was very difficult to find a good compromise with last year. But with such wide tyres and such big cars that’s a lot better now," said Verstappen.
Force India's newest edition, Esteban Ocon, finished the day in fifth in the VJM10 with 96 laps logged. Things were off to a rough start in the morning when the had stopped at Turn 10 following a puff of smoke from the rear of the car.
“A very enjoyable first day in the VJM10. It’s very early days, of course, but the initial feelings are positive and we found a good direction for setting up the car. The only issue was an oil leak just before lunch, but it didn’t cost us much track time and I’m satisfied with the number of laps we covered.
I hope we will make similar progress tomorrow and the day after. This was my first experience of the new generation cars and I have to say they are proper beasts: the high-speed corners are very impressive and there are big gains in the low-speed corners so it’s a good step forward,” said Ocon.
Renault's Jolyon Palmer ran an installation before lunch, then finished the afternoon with 53 laps logged in. The team was held up in the morning as they were waiting for parts for changes they had made overnight.
Antonio Giovinazzi, who is sitting in for Sauber's new driver Pascal Wehrlein, still recovering from a back injury, only managed just a handful of laps in the morning due to a power unit change. However, he was able to have a more productive afternoon, finishing with 66 laps in the books.
2017 Formula One Testing – Barcelona Test 1, Day 2
1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.960 108 2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.983 66 3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:22.200 89 4 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:22.204 119 5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:22.509 86 6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:22.956 68 7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:22.986 102 8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:24.139 53 9 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber 1:24.617 67 10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:25.600 40 11 Lance Stroll Williams 1:26.040 12