Raikkonen putting Silverstone incident behind him

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Kimi Raikkonen made no secret of his disappointment after retiring from yesterday’s British Grand Prix in a huge accident that resulted in the race being stopped.

On the first lap of the race, Raikkonen ran wide at Aintree corner and tried to power over the grass to get back onto the track. However, it did not go to plan as his Ferrari speared into the barrier on the right hand side of the Wellington Straight at a reported impact of 47g.

His car then careered back across the circuit, colliding with Felipe Massa’s Williams and ending both of their races. The Finn limped away from his Ferrari, and was transferred to the circuit’s media centre where he was found to have only suffered bruising to his ankle and knee.

“Unfortunately, my race today ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for eleventh place,” Raikkonen said on Sunday. “At turn five, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb.

“I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers. It’s a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points.

“I am really very disappointed with how things went today, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany.”

Raikkonen was due to test for Ferrari at Silverstone this week, but team principal Marco Mattiacci said that his condition would be assessed before a decision was taken.

“We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we still have to take a decision,” he said. “I want to be 100% sure that he will be fine.”

Raikkonen’s misdemeanor is a new low point in a difficult season so far, and he revealed earlier this week that he is likely to walk away from F1 upon the expiration of his Ferrari contract at the end of 2015.

Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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