Raikkonen misses out on testing mileage

2013 F1 season

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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46 comments on Raikkonen misses out on testing mileage

  1. Kobayashi24 (@kobayashi24) said on 4th March 2013, 12:16

    Kimi will log his laps on race day.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 4th March 2013, 12:27

      The problem is that everyone else will be racing on race day, not simply logging laps.

      • stren (@stren) said on 4th March 2013, 12:45

        you’re not suggesting Kimi will be rusty ? Given how fast he was up to speed after 2 years break, I wouldn’t be worried about his speed and racecraft

      • Kobayashi24 (@kobayashi24) said on 4th March 2013, 13:05

        I don’t expect it to be a problem.

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 4th March 2013, 14:32

          I think KR’s abilities go without saying, but the team simply cannot have learned as much as some others about, among other things, their car/tire relationship. Not saying the other teams know exactly what to expect once they are under the different conditions of racing at different tracks, at different grip levels, at different temperatures, with different setups, but just saying that inevitably Lotus has to be a bit behind in their own knowledge of their own package, with the lesser testing.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 19:48

      He has never been one to complain about a lack of mileage, so he’ll be fine I’m sure. If anything Lotus is at a loss, not Kimi.

      • F1_Americana (@f1americana) said on 4th March 2013, 22:07

        …who drives a Lotus. :) Just wanted to point out that it’s impossible for something to hamper the team but not the driver who sits in the team’s car, even if it is Kimi Freakin’ Raikkonen. ;)

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 23:01

          @f1americana – very true, although I doubt Kimi himself in terms of race-rustiness or a lack of understanding of the car will be affected adversely ;)

          • Blackmamba (@blackmamba) said on 4th March 2013, 23:20

            Kimi simply likes his drink, and that does not go very well with hard work. I’m gonna go as far as calling him lazy coz he went for a bender the night before a scheduled test session and was simply too hungover to get up in the morning. Responsibility people!!!!!!!!!!

          • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 5th March 2013, 18:04

            @blackmamba

            Well that’s simply untrue. According to Lotus he started feeling ill already in the Friday evening which, unless he had started excessive drinking already in the Friday morning, would certainly rule out hangover. And if he was suffering from hangover already on Friday it wouldn’t have affected his Saturday anymore.

            Kimi might not take his lifestyle to extreme as some drivers do but he certainly isn’t lazy.

  2. andae23 (@andae23) said on 4th March 2013, 12:20

    … In total, the teams have done just under 50,000 km: 49,963 km. That’s more than Earth’s circumference!

    • MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 4th March 2013, 12:46

      Err… Earth’s circumference is nowhere near 50000 km. It’s just over 40000 km. But it isn’t that impressive anyway. I make more or less that distance with my car every year.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 4th March 2013, 13:05

        Err… Earth’s circumference is nowhere near 50000 km. It’s just over 40000 km.

        … I fail to notice your point. But anyway, it sounds more impressive than “that’s the average distance an individual drives in a year” ;)

    • PJ (@pjtierney) said on 4th March 2013, 13:32

      Rubens Barrichello has done double that in races only.

  3. sumedh said on 4th March 2013, 12:22

    Alonso did more laps than Felipe in spite of having one less testing day. I think Ferrari will be disappointed to give Pedro just 51 laps, and that too on a circuit not representative of the calendar.

  4. hzh (@hzh00) said on 4th March 2013, 12:30

    Despite leaving F1 for 2 years, his 2012 comeback was very strong and he did not lack pace. So I doubt that missing some testing laps will affect his real pace.

  5. Tango (@tango) said on 4th March 2013, 12:36

    Did Bianchi and Chilton have similar track conditions when they posted their fastest lap time ? (same goes for the caterham pair). If so, wow.

  6. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 4th March 2013, 13:17

    Last year it was worse for them as a team and Kimi as a driver as they lost a complete test because of chassis failure. And they put the car on 3rd in the first race.

    Ofc it’s not ideal, but it shouldn’t be a major problem…

  7. Hairs (@hairs) said on 4th March 2013, 13:39

    As any kimi fan will tell you, though, his miles are twice as good as anyone else’s miles so it all evens out.

  8. is it for financial reasons that Marussia and Caterham have logged the least number of mileage? I would think if they were to aspire to be like the rest of the field they have to test like them too.

  9. schooner (@schooner) said on 4th March 2013, 17:19

    Kimi’s lack of mileage is probably of little concern in terms of his ability to quickly get to grips with the car. The lack of mileage in terms of Lotus having the new car properly sorted is a different matter.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 19:54

      @schooner – exactly, that is the main concern here. They have logged the least amount of mileage of any of the teams (if we total Williams’ mileage from both cars), which will inevitably hamper their understanding of the car. I predict rather a lot of running in FP from them!

  10. Karl Fuss (@niblips) said on 4th March 2013, 21:16

    I love the stats that accompany a lot of the articles on this site.

    Out of curiosity, does anyone know how many kms the drivers do in an average race weekend?… 3 practice sessions, quali and the race.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 22:01

      @niblips – If we say on average a driver does 30 laps in each practice session (although that isn’t a very specific number!), 5 in qualifying and then the 300km average race distance, you can roughly estimate a driver will do around 900km in a race weekend. That is a very estimated figure though!

      • Karl Fuss (@niblips) said on 4th March 2013, 22:35

        Thanx. after i made that post i thought about it for a minute and came up with a figure of 800km. could be more or less depending on weather and reliability and what-not.
        multiply that by 19 or 20 races a season and it adds up quickly.

        • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 4th March 2013, 23:06

          @niblips – it all goes by in a flash though! Pretty much running in FP depends on the conditions though, so I’d say 800km is a good ballpark figure for an average of the season. Multiplied by 20 you get 16000km (or 15200 for the 19 races), which around 2/5 of the way around the world! Then 22 drivers are factored in, and the distance begins to look insane!

      • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 5th March 2013, 18:11

        They certainly do more than 5 laps in quali.

  11. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 4th March 2013, 21:17

    Not surprised to see Stevie Gut on top of this chart, and Nico H up there too, given Sauber’s lack of a simulator.

    I’ll be cheering them on, hoping they can score a few moral victories for good old engineering & track-testing – if not real victories. But I wonder how long they can go on without investing in their own technology (or maybe Ferrari’s).

  12. BJ (@beejis60) said on 4th March 2013, 22:20

    And Kimi will still likely turn better results than most.

  13. Andy2286 (@andy2286) said on 4th March 2013, 23:31

    “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.”
    So is that what they’re calling a hangover these days?

  14. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 5th March 2013, 16:29

    Liking the amount of kms the C32 has under its belt. Let’s hope this translates to another solid start to the year.

  15. KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 31st January 2014, 13:28

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

    I’m sure this must have had an effect on his first race last year.. Oh, wait…

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