Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on final morning at Jerez


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

Raikkonen was denied the top spot on day three by Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, but the Finn returned to the head of the leaderboards on Wednesday morning with a time of 1:22.537, set on the hard tyres.

Max Verstappen was second for Toro Rosso, the 17-year-old the only other driver aside from Raikkonen to break the 1m22 barrier.

Marcus Ericsson improved late on to go third for Sauber, relegating Lewis Hamilton to fourth in the Mercedes.

The reigning champion managed 52 laps in the morning, despite causing a red flag after spinning at the chicane two hours into the session.

Romain Grosjean was fifth on his first morning at the wheel of the new Lotus E23, three-tenths clear of Felipe Massa, who enjoyed a relatively trouble-free in the Williams.

Daniil Kvyat endured another testing morning for Red Bull as an ERS problem limited him to just eighth laps, with the Russian only returning to the track around lunchtime.

It was a slow start to the final day for McLaren after an early issue required the floor of the MP4-30 to be removed, but Jenson Button managed to get out on track late in the morning to complete the team’s quickest lap of the test so far.

Jerez – Day four – Morning times:

1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:22:537

2. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:22.817

3. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:23.551

4. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:23.633

5. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:23.802

6. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:25.136

7. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1m27.660s

8. Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso – 1:37.195

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari


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