Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen goes into the first race of the season having completed less than half the testing mileage of many of his rivals.
A series of setbacks have dogged the team’s pre-season preparations leaving Raikkonen with fewer laps on the board than any other driver who was allocated six days of running.
His first run in the E21 at Jerez was spoiled by a clutch problem which limited him to 40 laps. On the team’s arrival at the Circuit de Catalunya a telemetry problem meant Raikkonen completed fewer laps than any other driver. His fourth day in the car was interrupted by a gearbox fault which required a replacement.
The team scheduled him to run on both of the dry days at the final test but food poisoning kept him out of the car for the first of them. On his final day another gearbox fault on his first lap meant he missed most of the morning.
This meant Raikkonen covered just 1,182km of pre-season testing, almost 900km less than the next least-active driver. “For sure, we haven?óÔé¼Ôäót completed all the laps we wanted during pre-season, but that is often the case,” he said. “We?óÔé¼Ôäóve found a few issues and we have solutions for them, which is positive.”
The only race drivers to have competed fewer laps than Raikkonen are Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil, whose drives were not confirmed until the final test.
Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez was the busiest driver, followed by the Mercedes pair, despite them managing just 29 laps in total during the first two days of testing.
2013 pre-season testing distance completed
|Driver||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
|Paul di Resta||553||2,519.735|
|Giedo van der Garde||469||2,148.691|
|Pedro de la Rosa||51||225.828|
|Team||Model||Total laps||Total distance (km)|
Fastest lap times at the Circuit de Catalunya
|4||Felipe Massa||Ferrari||1’21.266||1.136||Super Soft|
|7||Adrian Sutil||Force India||1’21.627||1.497||Soft|
|9||Paul di Resta||Force India||1’21.664||1.534||Soft|
|12||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||1’22.197||2.067||Soft|
|16||Mark Webber||Red Bull||1’22.658||2.528||Soft|
|19||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||1’23.223||3.093||Soft|
|21||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||1’23.628||3.498||Soft|
|23||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham||1’24.235||4.105||Soft|
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