This was the first of four days of running that will bring winter testing to a close. Kimi Raikkonen was at the wheel of the SF16-H and by the end of the day he had completed 72 laps, the quickest in 1.24.836. The day began with aero flow measurements and continued with various set-up tests until the lunch break. In the afternoon, around 3pm, the car stopped on the main straight. A stuck transmission was identified and fixed and Raikkonen was then able to continue driving. The Medium compound tyre was used throughout the day, including runs on the prototype version supplied by Pirelli, which were identifiable with a white band. The final hour saw more work on set-up and electrical settings as well as practice starts and pit stops. Tomorrow it’s Sebastian Vettel’s turn, as the drivers are alternating over the four days.
Kimi Raikkonen: “It is normal to have some little issues during testing like we had with the gearbox today, but I am not concerned as we have time to fix it. That’s the purpose of testing, learning new things and trying something different. We still have something to be done of course but it is a normal process this time of the year. It is a different story when we go racing. We will know pretty soon what will happen in Australia but so far the car feels good. I have no idea what the others are doing, lap times may vary with different tyres and fuel levels, but we know what we are doing and we are pretty happy with the way the car is handling. I think we have a very good package, time will tell if it is good enough.”