Iceman is back. Kimi Raikkonen (39) is back at Sauber after 6.253 days. On October 14, 2001, he had accepted at the GP in Japan with a crash in the fifth round Hinwilern. On November 27, 2018, Kimi 102 made a clean turn in the comeback of the Swiss team in Abu Dhabi.
For the Sauber wreck at that time in Suzuka Jean Alesi, who torpeded because of a puncture injured Finn in Jordan.
Veteran Alesi comforted Junior Kimi
Kimi sat in a sun lounger after the crash of Sauber Petronas (with Ferrari power by the way) and comforted by the 15-year-old Frenchman. The hearty pictures went all over the world 17 years ago.
Jean Alesi (54) is now following his son Giuliano (19) in the GP3 series, which tests Thursday to Saturday – and Raikkonen wants to know again after 152 Ferrari races and 2007 World Cup title at Sauber.
Neutral helmet and overall
The Finnish has not yet allowed to speak officially about the test. "But okay," he says to Gluck after work, "good that the EV train is now a leader …"
When Kimi first climbed into his # 7 car at 9:01 local time (6:01 CET), he had a neutral helmet (black and white) and a white jumpsuit.
The first Kimi pictures
Look took the first pictures of the favorite Formula 1 fans in C37. And after just three hours, our photographer and pit observator Lukas T. Gorys took stock. "Kimi has already taken command. The 2007 World Champion also knows where to go!" He had breakfast with his friend and team manager Beat Zehnder.
«Back in the old family»
After just one lap, Kimi returned to the pitfalls and looked a little critical. A mechanic: "He did various small things on car change." Raikkonen wants to move something on Sauber. And not just boring its time.
Why Räikkönen ends early
50 minutes before the end, the smoking car closed its own day and stopped surgery in the chican. C37 must be towed on the hook.
We saw Kimi in the car all day or just discussed with their engineers and technical director Simone Resta (arrived from Ferrari half a year ago). Full professional only. And on Wednesday, replacement driver Antonio Giovinazzi (24, It) tests Alfa Sauber.
Detail work instead of fast turns
Clearly, Raikkonen ("I'm back in my old family") was not yet in search. He must now get used to the team and the work processes. Then in February with the C38 in Barcelona the tests are really going on.
Attention, actually, only knows Pirelli who drives soft, medium or hard on the 5.5 km long desert track. Only in 2019 will the tires be released at each competition. It is selected from five mixtures. So the latest Hypersoft, Ultrsoft, Supersoft are maybe new soft and medium …
Vettel in front of Bottas
Fastest man on first day: Sebastian Vettel (31) in Ferrari (despite a crash, broken rear wing) ahead of Valtteri Bottas (29) in Mercedes. The fins, mentally pretty on the ground after a frustrating season, must drive Silver Arrow with the new tire associations for 2019 for two days. That's the only reason for the two extra days.
Vettel now handed over to his new teammate Charles Leclerc and fought back to Switzerland: "Finally, take off and breathe!"
Which teams are hiding?
The madness: Even though the season has passed, all teams (except world champion Mercedes) hide their cars in the pit track behind these ugly partitions. What's more for secrets? Just ridiculous, because hardly a spectator can stay in the pit. And the photographers have long shot their "secret" photos ..
Of the stars, only world champion Lewis Hamilton resigned, while Daniel Ricciardo for contractual reasons with Red Bull may not enter Renault.
Delétraz is already hot
On Wednesday, Geneva-based Louis Delétraz (21) will debut Formula One for Haas-Ferrari in Abu Dhabi: "I can not wait. For years I've been working on this day!" Haas complained Tuesday morning, Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi (grandson of the World Cup twice) a engine failure. After four hours we continued …
On Williams-Mercedes, the two new riders, Formula 2 champion Georg Russell and Robert Kubica share the car on both days. Like Lance Stroll and Sergio Pérez at the Racing Point F1-Mercedes.
Schumi's son in Abu Dhabi
At the official award ceremony of FIA on 7 December in the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Petersburg, German Mick Schumacher (19) will also be a European Formula 3 champion and get the trophy. The son of the record-breaking world champion will be on the way for three-day Formula 2 and Formula 3 attempts in his Prema team following the Formula 1 Tests, which will end on Wednesday.
The question remains: how good is Mick in the second highest grade? The pressure will be no less after his contract signed his new job in Nicolas Todt (son of FIA president Jean Todt) next year?
First day Abu Dhabi (Final after 9 hours)
1st Vettel (Ferrari) 1: 36.812
2. Bottas (Mercedes) 1: 37.231
3rd Walk (Racing Point) 1: 37.909
4. Verstappen (Red Bull) 1: 37.947
5. Pérez (Racing Point) 1: 37,976
6. Norris (McLaren) 1: 38,187
7. Hülkenberg (Renault) 1: 38.789
8. Fittipaldi (Haas) 1: 39-201
9. Kubica (Williams) 1: 39,269
10. Russell (Williams) 1: 39,512
11. Raikkonen (Sauber) 1: 39,878
12. Gelael (Toro Rosso) 1: 40,435
Pol Time 2018: Hamilton 1: 34-794