Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Kimi Raikkonen puts first miles on new Alfa Romeo Formula 1 vehicle

Kimi Raikkonen puts first miles on new Alfa Romeo Formula 1 vehicle

Alfa Romeo launch its first Formula One 1 after teasing fans with a special Valentine's Day livery last week.

"Straight out, I'm not really doing an very bad lot with the vehicle".

The vehicle had been spied at Ferrari's test track, Fiorano, last week sporting a special camo "love" livery during its shakedown.

"The guys did the very good job over the winter".

Cape Town - Kimi Raikkonen says he finds the more relaxed atmosphere at Alfa Romeo much more to his liking than all the "politics and bull****" he experienced at Ferrari. "The vehicle felt good and I was able to get a first impression of the auto we will be running this season".

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The Finn's second stint with the Scuderia came to an end following the conclusion of the 2018 season, with Ferrari opting for rising star Charles Leclerc to partner four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.

"Obviously we started the day off with a spin. but apart from that, everything ran smoothly", said Raikkonen. "There is a lot of work to do to improve things but we hope to start well", he added.

"I think I read it the same like everybody else", he said. I'm not really surprised at all. We ran for a total of 33 laps and will use our data to establish how the new regulations will affect the behavior of our vehicle.

What they hope will not be repeated was their lackluster performance previous year, where they finished in eighth place, ahead of only Scuderia Toro Rosso and Williams, having amassed just 48 points. "We give it up and then we'll do even more laps every day and that's a key for learning and doing things and then getting to be ready for Melbourne".

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