Kimi Raikkonen sets the F1 pace on the final day of testing

Kimi RaikkonenKimi Raikkonen put Ferrari back on top of the timesheets on the last day of testing at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain.


Kimi Raikkonen best time of 1:20.841 came late in the day, on a soft tyre run, after he had spent most of the day heading the field on medium and hard tyres. His late flourish was also the fastest time of the test, a tenth of a second quicker than that set by team-mate Sebastian Vettel on day two of the four-day outing.

Yesterday, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr broke Ferrari’s grip on the top of the timesheets yesterday and today team-mate Marcus Ericsson kept the Swiss team at the top end of the order with a best time of 1:22.019, again set on soft tyres.
Lewis Hamilton set the day’s third fastest time with a lap of 1:22.172, 1.3s down on Raikkonen’s best. Perhaps more importantly his 117 laps took Mercedes test total to an enormous 516. The defending champion’s total for the day was set despite a morning spin that left his W06 stranded at the chicane.

An earlier stoppage was caused by Red Bull Racing Daniil Kvyat. Forty-five minutes into the session he stopped on track with the team later diagnosing an ERS problem that restricted the Russian to the garage for the rest of the morning.

He eventually returned to the fray just before 1pm and ran faultlessly thereafter, racking up 64 laps for the team’s biggest single-day total of the test.

Despite the positive spin, it’s been a tricky week for the Milton Keynes outfit, with their day two running being disrupted by a broken front wing and day three being compromised by the need to change a power unit.

Mclaren team (photo by Mclaren)Ferrari team (photo by Ferrari)McLaren also had a difficult final day. The team made early progress with the MP4-30, with Jenson Button posting 35 laps, but its running was cut short by a fuel pump issue. Button’s morning running had also been disrupted by an oil system problem.


Elsewhere, Max Verstappen had a busy final outing of the week, putting 97 laps on Toro Rosso’s STR10.

“It was good to run STR10 in anger and after overcoming some niggling problems on the first two days, we managed to do some really high mileage on the final two,” said Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key. “That was useful, because it meant both our drivers managed to complete a full and comprehensive programme. Our focus has been entirely on reliability, while allowing the drivers to experience every aspect of the job. We haven’t done any work on performance so far and we will not do that until the end of the month, therefore we are not looking at our lap times for now. The important topics are reliability, consistency and driver work, to tune the car to their requirements and give them as much preparation time as possible.”

Romain Grosjean got a first taste of Lotus E23 but his running was cut short after 53 laps with a power unit problem.

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Jerez Test – Day Four
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1: 20.841s 106
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.019s 1.178s 112
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.172s 1.331s 117
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:22.553s 1.712s 97
5 Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.116s 2.275s 73
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:23.802s 2.961s 53
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:23.975s 3.134s 64
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:27.660s 6.819s 35


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