Raikkonen tops third morning of testing at Jerez


Kimi Raikkonen was fastest for Ferrari on the third morning of pre-season testing at Jerez.

Raikkonen set the pace on a damp track early in the morning before switching to the slick tyres as conditions improved, posting a time of 1:24.074 to top the leaderboard.

Nico Rosberg completed 93 laps on his way to second, before stopping out on track with an engine shutdown ahead of the half way mark, prompting a red flag.

After two taxing days in Jerez, McLaren had an encouraging morning on Tuesday as Fernando Alonso completed 32 laps at the wheel of the Honda-powered MP4-30.

Carlos Sainz was third in the new Toro Rosso, ahead of Felipe Nasr, who completed 39 laps despite causing a red flag with a spin at Turn 9 in the Sauber.

Pastor Maldonado and Lotus lost time early in the morning due to a telemetry problem, but rallied to complete 32 laps and finish the morning fifth fastest.

Red Bull had a quiet morning, with Daniel Ricciardo restricted to just five laps of the Jerez circuit after encountering an engine problem.

Felipe Massa spent a long time confined to the garage, but managed to rack up 14 laps with a late run on his first day of testing in the Williams FW37.

Jerez – Day three – Morning times:

1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:24.074 – 44 Laps

2. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:24.770 – 93 Laps

3. Carlos Sainz Jr. – Toro Rosso – 1:25.101 – 57 Laps

4. Felipe Nasr – Sauber – 1:25.352 – 40 Laps

5. Pastor Maldonado – Lotus – 1:26.824 – 32 Laps

6. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 1:34.776 – 5 Laps

7. Fernando Alonso – McLaren – 1:35.553 – 32 Laps

8. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:45.928 – 27 Laps

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari


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