Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen got his first taste of the SF16-H on Wednesday as the Iceman took over running the car from Sebastian Vettel.
The Finn completed 78 laps and ended the day in third place overall with a fastest time of 1m 25.977s working through a programme of engine mapping and aero and set up tests. The day wasn’t all plain sailing for the 2007 world champion however as he didn’t get out on track until just before the lunch break as the team carried out a lengthily fuel system check.
Speaking following his opening day in the car, Raikkonen stated:
The atmosphere in the team is quite nice even if, honestly, we’re still working on different things and still find something new to work on, but I am sure it’s going to be a better car than last year’s. There are always small changes between one car and another, they are never the same. We had improvements in many areas from the past season. These are early days, especially for me with this car. We are happy so far, even if we know that there are still a lot of things to do. There were tricky things and it takes time to fix them. It was painful losing time today, but we always try to do our best. There are always mistakes but we always want to improve and learn from them.
The Finn will be back in action tomorrow for the final day of the opening winter test.