Raikkonen misses out on testing mileage

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen goes into the first race of the season having completed less than half the testing mileage of many of his rivals.

A series of setbacks have dogged the team’s pre-season preparations leaving Raikkonen with fewer laps on the board than any other driver who was allocated six days of running.

His first run in the E21 at Jerez was spoiled by a clutch problem which limited him to 40 laps. On the team’s arrival at the Circuit de Catalunya a telemetry problem meant Raikkonen completed fewer laps than any other driver. His fourth day in the car was interrupted by a gearbox fault which required a replacement.

The team scheduled him to run on both of the dry days at the final test but food poisoning kept him out of the car for the first of them. On his final day another gearbox fault on his first lap meant he missed most of the morning.

This meant Raikkonen covered just 1,182km of pre-season testing, almost 900km less than the next least-active driver. “For sure, we haven?t completed all the laps we wanted during pre-season, but that is often the case,” he said. “We?ve found a few issues and we have solutions for them, which is positive.”

The only race drivers to have competed fewer laps than Raikkonen are Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil, whose drives were not confirmed until the final test.

Sauber rookie Esteban Gutierrez was the busiest driver, followed by the Mercedes pair, despite them managing just 29 laps in total during the first two days of testing.

2013 pre-season testing distance completed

Drivers

Driver Total laps Total distance (km)
Esteban Gutierrez 607 2,768.381
Nico Rosberg 575 2,639.851
Lewis Hamilton 563 2,584.445
Nico Hulkenberg 554 2,538.464
Sergio Perez 554 2,538.237
Max Chilton 550 2,535.961
Paul di Resta 553 2,519.735
Jean-Eric Vergne 536 2,454.901
Charles Pic 516 2,364.298
Valtteri Bottas 514 2,352.264
Fernando Alonso 505 2,350.775
Sebastian Vettel 513 2,343.069
Felipe Massa 513 2,336.486
Romain Grosjean 495 2,270.402
Mark Webber 495 2,264.727
Pastor Maldonado 483 2,213.180
Giedo van der Garde 469 2,148.691
Jenson Button 455 2,090.785
Daniel Ricciardo 448 2,050.709
Kimi Raikkonen 260 1,182.379
Jules Bianchi 253 1,165.003
Adrian Sutil 249 1,159.095
Luiz Razia 113 500.364
James Rossiter 61 270.108
Pedro de la Rosa 51 225.828
Davide Valsecchi 16 74.480

Car

Team Model Total laps Total distance (km)
Sauber C32 1161 5,306.85
Mercedes W04 1138 5,224.30
Ferrari F138 1069 4,913.09
McLaren MP4-28 1009 4,629.02
Red Bull RB9 1008 4,607.80
Caterham CT03 985 4,512.99
Toro Rosso STR8 984 4,505.61
Force India VJM06 980 4,480.86
Marussia MR02 799 3,669.41
Lotus E21 771 3,527.26
Williams FW35 664 3,090.92
Williams FW34 333 1,474.52

Fastest lap times at the Circuit de Catalunya

Driver Team Time Gap Tyre
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’20.130 0.000 Soft
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’20.494 0.364 Soft
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’20.558 0.428 Soft
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’21.266 1.136 Super Soft
5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’21.444 1.314 Soft
6 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1’21.541 1.411 Soft
7 Adrian Sutil Force India 1’21.627 1.497 Soft
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1’21.658 1.528 Soft
9 Paul di Resta Force India 1’21.664 1.534 Soft
10 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’21.848 1.718 Soft
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1’22.188 2.058 Soft
12 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1’22.197 2.067 Soft
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1’22.305 2.175 Soft
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1’22.468 2.338 Soft
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1’22.553 2.423 Soft
16 Mark Webber Red Bull 1’22.658 2.528 Soft
17 Charles Pic Caterham 1’23.115 2.985 Soft
18 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1’23.167 3.037 Soft
19 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1’23.223 3.093 Soft
20 Davide Valsecchi Lotus 1’23.448 3.318 Soft
21 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1’23.628 3.498 Soft
22 Max Chilton Marussia 1’24.103 3.973 Soft
23 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1’24.235 4.105 Soft

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