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- Updated: February 26, 2018
It may well be early days as far as the current Formula One campaign is concerned, but Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was left largely satisfied after the opening day of pre-season testing as he tried out the new SF71H.
By the end of the day, the Finn had completed 80 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya, posting a 1:20.506 which earned him the third fastest lap of the session.
While things went as per plan for Raikkonen, there was one minor problem.
“The real problem, the only one today, was the weather,” said Raikkonen.
“My first impressions with the new car were OK, but it’s still too early to make any judgement, especially given today’s conditions.
“These tyres aren’t designed to work at 8 degrees and it was difficult for everyone.
“As for the rest, our work had nothing to do with lap times and we just ran and changed a few things, trying to understand the car, which doesn’t seem to have any faults.
“Now we must try and do more kilometres.”
Raikkonen also took the time to give the thumbs up to the newly-installed Halo safety device.
“Compared to the tests we did in previous years, this time the Halo had been conceived as an integral part of the car design, which had not been possible before,” he said.
“I didn’t notice anything different to driving the car without the protection.”