Kimi Raikkonen set the pace on the opening day of testing for the 2014 Formula One World Championship in what he has called a “good start” to the season’s preparation.
The Finn, who returned to Ferrari this year after having left the team at the end of 2009, was .716s ahead of second-placed driver Lewis Hamilton.
“We have a solid base from which to work over the coming days. The times from this test mean nothing and we will only begin to understand something only in Bahrain [the second test],” Raikkonen said.
Hamilton’s running came to an abrupt halt when he crashed into the first corner barriers following a front-wing failure.
Hamilton praised what he felt from his Mercedes F1 W05 before the crash and said he expected the team to recover from the sudden halt to the team’s work schedule.
“Overall it´s been a positive day,” He said.
“Of course, it´s unfortunate to end the day early when everyone has worked so hard and we had looked like easily completing the most mileage of anyone here today, but we´ll make that track time back.”
Sebastian Vettel failed to set a timed lap in his Red Bull RB10 after a gearbox issue pushed the team’s schedule back several hours.
By the time the issue had been sorted, only half-an-hour remained in the session and rainfall had begun to make its presence known at the track.
Vettel completed three un-timed laps on the intermediate tyres but was unable to set a banker time.
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