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Kimi Raikkonen's FP2 times sets benchmark for remainder of Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

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jjjj - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 4:29 PM

Pretty sure he is using this time back in order to try out the updates and give a decent feedback, its naive to think that he is going to get a drive if he goes faster than the current drivers?

richard

April 19, 2013 6:25 PM
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jjj. at least he is better than vdg in race mode. kovi IS a good driver, but this is his first time in an f1 car since last nov, and he would be just testing. not trying to set a pole time!

sokudo - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 9:58 PM

It's also worth noting Heikki apparently drove a very basic model of the Caterham in comparison to the ones with all the 'updates' that Pic had (I think that's what I heard from the sky sports commentary anyway). Kovi's job wasn't to go quicker than Pic it was to identify where the Caterham is lacking pace because the team don't trust Pic or Van der Garde's judgement.

JJJ - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 1:42 AM

@sokudo

VdG drove the same car in P2 and still was a lot quicker than Kova. Sure different circumstances etc but the difference is such that all the people saying he would be a lot quicker right off the bat than the current drivers is simply wrong.

As for his judgement, he claimed that the car has problems all around but that the main problem is with the rear, it's twitchy and doesn't seem to react well to the normal changes you'd make to make it less twitchy. He said the team basically needs to redesign the rear/come with significant upgrades.

Coincidentally, this is exactly what vdG has been saying all along...

JJJ - Unregistered

April 20, 2013 1:55 AM

Personally I think that both sides of this issue are pretty strange. First of all you have Pic and vdG who are written off by the majority of F1 media and fans as being too slow (vdG even more than Pic despite being a rookie and being evenly matched with Pic in qualifying) and then some other guys like Chilton and Kova are somehow being talked up while there performances don't back it up. Chilton has so far been on average the best part of a second down on Bianchi in qualifying, but he keeps a (much slower) Caterham behind him, big kudos to him.

Kovalainen got 2 golden chances in F1, didn't manage to take either of them, needed the help of his Russian paydriver teammate to elevate the team over a KERS-less Marussia last year and should thank all his lucky stars that one fine day his teammate suffered a flat tyre and a Ferrari engine blew up 3 laps before the finish so he could take his lucky win and he's regarded as underrated...the mind boggles.

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