Raikkonen tops final Jerez test for Ferrari


Kimi Raikkonen topped the fourth and final day of pre-season testing at Jerez  with the fastest time of the week for Ferrari.

Raikkonen set the pace throughout the day, as he established himself at the top of the timesheets early on with a series of session-topping times on the medium tyres.

The Finn returned to the track in the afternoon, producing a lap of 1:20.841 on the soft compound Pirellis to set the fastest time of the entire test, beating his new team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s previous best from Monday by a tenth of a second.

Marcus Ericsson underlined Sauber’s early form as he managed 111 laps on his way to second in the Sauber, before stopping out on track in the dying minutes of the session as the Swiss team completed a fuel system check.

Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes as he passed the 100-lap mark for the first time at Jerez, despite a spin in the morning.

17-year-old Max Verstappen was fourth after a trouble-free day for Toro Rosso, ahead of Felipe Massa, who racked up 73 laps in the Mercedes-powered Williams FW37.

Romain Grosjean had his first run in the Lotus E23 on Wednesday but the team was forced to call short its programme after encountering a power unit problem in the afternoon.

Daniil Kvyat lost a lot of time in the morning due to an ERS problem, but rallied to complete 63 laps once Red Bull had fixed the issue.

McLaren enjoyed a productive final day at Jerez, even if the Jenson Button did prop up the standings in eighth.

The 2009 champion managed 35 laps – despite an early problem – to take the team’s tally for the week up to 73 before a fuel pump issue forced McLaren to call a halt in the final hour.

Testing will resume on February 19 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona.

Jerez – Day four – Final times:

1. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:20.841 – 106 laps

2. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber – 1:22.019 – 112 laps

3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:22.172 – 117 laps

4. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso – 1:22.553 – 97 laps

5. Felipe Massa – Williams – 1:23.116 – 73 laps

6. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:23.802 – 53 laps

7. Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 1:23.975 – 64 laps

8. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:27.660 – 35 laps

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari


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