Kimi Raikkonen was happy with his first day back with Ferrari at Jerez, the Finn eventually running more laps than any other driver and topping the times on Day One of winter testing.
He said that the job of the driver wasn’t any different, despite the huge changes to the cars.
“I think the biggest challenge is getting all the new stuff working as we want,” said Raikkonen, “and working together with the electric motor and the engine, and all those small details. It’s much more tricky than what we are used to. From the driving side point of view, I don’t think it’s an awful lot different. It’s just the first day with all new stuff, so it takes times to get stuff as we basically want. There’s a long way to go, and lot of work to do, we know that. Obviously, in the morning we wanted to do a little more running, but things ran then pretty OK, so not too bad.
“I still think we’re pretty OK where we are now, and we know which direction we want to go and what we want to do. There’s still quite a bit of work to do, but this is normal in this position at this time of the year.
“It’s a normal first day. The most tricky thing is the first day, the challenges, what it brings. There’s a big work load for the whole team, all the people who have been working very hard to get the car ready and make everything working as well as we can right now.”
Regarding the controversy over ugly noses and the sound of the new engines, he said: “The rules are what they are, and everybody is building the cars how the rules says, so there’s no point to complain on the sound and other things. It’s not up to us; we don’t make the rules.”