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Raikkonen to kick off Ferrari's 2014 F1 season

Kimi Raikkonen will be behind the wheel of the new Ferrari when F1 2014 testing gets underway at Jerez next week.
Ferrari has confirmed that 'new boy' Kimi Raikkonen will be the first to test its new car in anger when the opening pre-season test gets underway next week.

The Finn, who returns to Maranello after a four-year break that saw him switch to rallying in the WRC before coming back to F1 with Lotus, forms potentially the strongest line-up in F1 2014, but has been given the nod over perennial championship contender Fernando Alonso when it comes to testing duties with the as yet unnamed Ferrari.

“According to the current program, Kimi will drive on the first two days, then Fernando on Thursday and Friday,” a Ferrari spokesperson confirmed to Crash.net six days before testing is due to get underway at Jerez.

Confirmation that Raikkonen will be behind the wheel when the 2014 season officially gets underway also ensures that the Prancing Horse will be on track in southern Spain, unlike his former employer, which has already announced that it will skip Jerez in order to work further on its E22 before joining the testing trail in Bahrain.

The majority of the field is expected to join Ferrari at Jerez, with several teams – including reigning champion Red Bull – due to unveil their challengers in the pit-lane. The Scuderia, meanwhile, will take the wraps off its latest car, which is currently the subject of an internet poll to determine its moniker, this weekend.


Tagged as: Ferrari , Kimi Raikkonen , Jerez , testing

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benignlyindifferent

January 22, 2014 10:02 AM

Ponty, Someone had to go first. There is likely a perfectly reasonable reason for the decision made by Ferrari. But, we all know that every action will be scrutinized and score will be kept in the manner you can proudly say you were first to begin. I wonder how this kind of scrutiny will play on Alonso's mind through the year? It won't impact Kimi one bit.

LoveF1

January 23, 2014 3:17 PM

One thing's for sure this year... If Ferreri have designed a car that's anywhere close to Adian Newey's creation, Vettel will be seeing a sea of red in his mirrors all season! They will be taking turns hunting him down! Domenicali has to do a geat job of managing them...and not do a Multi 21 to take each other off and let Vettel off the hook...



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