november 28, 2018 - Alfa Romeo

Kimi Räikkönen at work in Abu Dhabi – Day 1, 2019 tyre testing

The #alfaromeosauberf1 Team has concluded the first day of testing at Abu Dhabi with Kimi Räikkönen in the cockpit of the Sauber #C37. The Finnish driver completed a total of 102 laps throughout the day, becoming familiar with the car and the team's operating systems.

The programme was focused on tyre testing - running the 2019 tyre casing, as well as different compounds from the current selection. With Räikkönen's feedback and the collected data, the team has obtained a good reference in preparation for the upcoming season.

In the final run, the team finished just a few minutes ahead of schedule, without compromising the #test programme. The causes are still under investigation.

Tomorrow it will be Antonio Giovinazzi's turn to drive for day two of the #test at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit / 5.554 km
Driver: Kimi Räikkönen
Weather: sunny and dry; air 24-26°C, track 28-41°C Chassis / engine: C37-01 / Ferrari
Laps: 102 laps, 566,508 km
Fastest lap: 1:39.878 (2019 hypersoft tyres)