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Bahrain F1 test 2: Ferrari focused on fine tuning for test

Kimi Raikkonen will kick off proceedings for Ferrari during the final test before the start of the 2014 F1 season.
Ferrari says it will use the final four days of Formula 1 pre-season testing in Bahrain to shake down and fine tune its F14 T before it is shipped off to Australia for the opening round of the 2014 season.

Ferrari F1 returnee Kimi Raikkonen will open proceedings for the Scuderia during the four-day test with a stint on 27th February [Thursday], before handing over to Fernando Alonso for 28th February [Friday]. Raikkonen will then return for the Saturday, before Alonso concludes proceedings on Friday.

The third of three official pre-season F1 tests, Ferrari have singled out the test as a chance to 'fine tune all components on the car, with particular attention focusing on the new power unit' ahead of its being signed off by the FIA in accordance with the homologation process.

Though it has fared better than Red Bull and its rival's Renault-engined counterparts in testing thus far, Ferrari is yet to match the pace of the Mercedes affiliated teams, though it did end the first Bahrain test as the fastest team not using the German firm's engines.




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27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Adrian Sutil (GER) Sauber F1 Team C33
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36 leads Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
27.07.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T leads Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9
27.07.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Firestorm

February 26, 2014 7:01 PM

There are romours that Ferrari did hide better the F14T potential than the Mercedes powered teams and in Melbourne they can surprise. As Toto Wolf said(very cautious as usual) in F1 there were many teams which were "winter champions" and were beaten when it really matters. In the last year RBR usually ran with reasonable fuel loads and it was the consistency of their lap times which impressed most. At the moment we don't know anything about RBR's performance, being them behind schedule compared to Mercedes, Ferrari etc. But considering the popularity of both Ferrari's drivers(they were voted as the best drivers of the 2012 & 2013 seasons here at Crash.net and elsewhere) it would be good for F1 that the F14T to be the best overall package on the grid or at least on par with pre-season favourites Mercedes W05.

Firestorm

February 26, 2014 10:00 PM

icemankimi: If the Ferrari is as good as the merc and McLaren we should have a good championship battle
It depends on our concept of "battle". With the limitations of the number of engines, fuel loads and maybe with problematic tyres as well, I doubt we will watch much on track battles. Anyway I will wait for Melbourne to watch how the new formula displays on track, before making any personal judgement.



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