Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen thwarted by gearbox issue in testing

Sebastian Vettel says he isn’t concerned by Ferrari’s reliability dramas during pre-season testing, insisting now is the time for them to be eradicated. During that period, Ferrari has clocked 425 laps but that is nearly half of the 847 laps completed by Mercedes.

“We have tried to accelerate the project in the last 12 months with an aim to have something that we can practically apply on F1 cars for 2017”, said FIA safety chief Laurent Mekies. “Let’s try to use them and go from there”.

Governing body FIA still needs to run more tests and the design itself also needs to be finalized to ensure, for example, that the halo does not impair visibility. It’s pointless to start guessing what will happen. “We’ll know in a short time”, he is quoted as saying by PlanetF1.

“You don’t want these things to happen”, he said. Fox Sports reports that Rosberg told Le Figaro, “There are other teams that have looked good but it will come down to a fight between Ferrari and us”. “In the end, we are pretty happy with where we are”.

Raikkonen tested the cockpit protection device during Thursday morning’s testing in Spain – the first time the system has been seen on an F1 auto during a public session.

Raikkonen’s lap time on Tuesday, a 1:24.836 set on the medium tyres, put him fourth on the timesheets with those ahead either on the softs or ultra-softs.

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