Kimi 'destroyed' new Ferrari

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen has crashed his Ferrari into a barrier on the final day of the second test in Bahrain.

    Raikkonen had earlier set the third fastest time on a day when Mercedes dominated the timesheet [Getty Images]
    Raikkonen had earlier set the third fastest time on a day when Mercedes dominated the timesheet [Getty Images]

    Kimi Raikkonen said his spin on the final day of testing was "not the end of the world" as he brushed off the accident that saw him finish the session in the barrier.

    With just five minutes remaining Raikkonen lost the rear of his Ferrari on the exit of Turn Four and destroyed the nose of the car against the barriers.

    Maybe it was me, but sometimes it happens and it's not like it's the end of the world even if people like to think it is. I just got wheelspin and went to the inside and into the wall.

    Kimmi Raikkonen, Ferrari driver

    However, with four full days before the start of the next test in Bahrain the team will have no problems fixing the F14 T.

    "I spun and crashed in the wall unfortunately," Raikkonen said. "I destroyed the car quite badly but luckily we can fix it, it's just a little bit of work unfortunately. But that's how it goes. Maybe it was me, but sometimes it happens and it's not like it's the end of the world even if people like to think it is. I just got wheelspin and went to the inside and into the wall."

    Raikkonen said Ferrari would start to explore the potential of its car at the final test next week.

    "I think it's not too bad. There are things we want to improve and we can improve, but we're just trying to understand what happens when you change things [with the set-up], what the car will do. Every car is different and it's hard to know, but we are getting some idea what we want to do. I think it's pretty okay, but for sure we want to improve and there is a long way to go."

    After two pre-season tests, Mercedes have - at least on the timesheets - emerged as the team to beat.

    However the Finn believes fans will have to wait until the Australian GP to have even an inclination of this year's pecking order.

    "I think that even after the next test in Bahrain we won't have the answers and we will have to wait until we are in Australia to understand more.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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