Kimi Raikkonen has put the first miles on the new Alfa Romeo Formula 1 vehicle.
"Straight out, I'm not really doing an terrible lot with the auto. [I'm] very happy actually".
Raikkonen, who moved to the team from Ferrari over the winter, stayed at the wheel of the new Alfa Romeo throughout the day, while new teammate Antonio Giovinazzi was sent to a nearby airport in the morning to collect "the final part needed for the team to assemble the vehicle and head out onto the track", according to a team press release.
"The guys did the very good job over the winter".
"After a long winter we are happy to be on track with our new vehicle for the first time", said Alfa Romeo Racing's technical director Simone Resta. "We started the vehicle for the first time a week ago and we are going step by step".
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.
"We expected that everything would run smoothly, apart from my spin", he said.
The day did not start as planned as Raikkonen spun into a gravel trap during his first run. "I'm not really surprised - any team expects to do good laps in the vehicle". I'm not really surprised at all. Everything ran smoothly on the vehicle side so.
But the new front-wing design also produces less downforce than those used a year ago, and teams have spent the winter trying to reduce the losses in overall downforce created by the rules. "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".