Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Jerez, 2012

Raikkonen leads Di Resta on first day of Jerez test

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Jerez, 2012
Kimi Raikkonen was quickest on his return to F1

Kimi Raikkonen got his F1 comeback off to a positive start as he set the quickest time in testing at Jerez.

Raikkonen ran a series of rapid laps in the morning culminating in a 1’19.670 which put the Lotus E20 at the top of the times.

Paul di Resta came closed to deposing him with a best effort just a tenth of a second slower in the new Force India.

As always, the headlines times should not be taken as a simple reflection of who’s quickest and who’s slowest. For example, HRT (running last year’s car) were only 5% slower than the fastest time, well below the 7-8% range typically seen in last year’s races.

With nine new cars in action on the first day of the test some teams had comparatively quiet days.

Mark Webber got the year off to a slow start for defending champions Red Bull. He was unable to run during the first few hours of the session as fog at the track delayed the arrival of parts for the new RB8.

Heikki Kovalainen logged 28 laps in the new Caterham CT01 but his day’s running came to an end when the car’s starter developed a fault.

Another driver whose test ended early was Daniel Ricciardo. A drop in oil pressure on his Toro Rosso STR7 caused him to pull over with just over half hour remaining, causing the first red flag of the day.

“We had a very productive morning, doing over 40 laps and we made good progress with our programme,” said Ricciardo.

“Then in the afternoon, we did a couple of longer runs, but had to cut it short, although we only lost an hour. I was using the medium tyre on that last run, having used hard tyres for the rest of the day.”

Meanwhile Kamui Kobayashi, who had shaken down the Sauber C31 yesterday, did over 100 laps in the new car today. But he hit trouble with less than half an hour left in the session, bringing the red flags out a second time.

A brief restart gave Pedro de la Rosa time to post the final improvement of the day in last year’s HRT, before the chequered flag brought the first official test day of 2012 to an end.

Jerez test times

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E20 1’19.670 75
2 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM05 1’19.772 101 0.102
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W02 1’20.219 56 0.549
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault RB8 1’20.496 53 0.826
5 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7 1’20.694 57 1.024
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02 1’20.794 42 1.124
7 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari C31 1’21.353 105 1.683
8 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27 1’21.530 62 1.860
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari F2012 1’22.815 69 3.145
10 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault CT01 1’23.178 28 3.508
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault FW34 1’23.371 25 3.701
12 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth F111 1’23.676 44 4.006

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119 comments on “Raikkonen leads Di Resta on first day of Jerez test”

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  1. Stephen Higgins
    7th February 2012, 19:14

    Looking at all these step-noses makes me almost pine with nostalgia for the 2004 Williams …..

  2. What compound tires were used for the fastest laps?

    1. Lotus was on medium, merc on soft force india not sure but looking on the pics they ware medium too

  3. So first that revolting nose and now an upside-down cross on top. That F2012 really is Satan spawn, isn’t it? Can’t imagine Italians being too happy about that.

    1. It really looks heavy in comparison to Lotus or FI. There is so many features on its body that reminds me of my xmas tree :)

      1. Matt, it’s February 7th. You need to get rid of your xmas tree!

    2. The “cross” is there for testing only to gather data on what the air above the car is doing (or to be more precise, what the car is doing to the air around it).

      The ski ramp is here to stay though.

  4. Did any of the teams or drivers comment on the new tyres? I couldn’t see any which hopefully is a good sign!

    1. Lotus and Maclaren do not expect them to be much different to last year ones. I read that pirelli’s aim was to significantly reduce marbles and make them a little more durable that they lifespan would reach aprox 100 km ~ 60 miles

      1. Less marbles would be good. I was at Melbourne for the first race last year and i’ve never seen so much marbles off the racing line.

        1. True, it really looks horrible and makes overtaking much harder

    2. I read Schumacher called them ‘‘comfortable to drive’

  5. Is there somewhere the 10 fastest laps for each driver are published? That would be a little more helpful than just their single fastest lap.

  6. I hope Lotus has plenty of ice creams in the freezer for Kimi!

    1. Or they could make a car that doesn’t break down every race, so Raikkonen wouldn’t need to be in the garage …

  7. Testing is testing, I won’t bother about the time sheets.

    Come Australia, that’s when the real thing begins.

    But it’s really great to see Iceman topping the sheets though.

  8. Too soon to tell of course, but it sure would be fun to see the lovely Lotus mixing it up at the head of the field this year!

  9. So looking at the times, Kimi did a 1:20 something on his first lap?

    I know times don’t mean anything in practice but that is very impressive, does he know the track better than the others?

  10. I Think Jenson was 8th because They mistakenly choosed the wrong setup so Jenson is 8th fastest,Maybe and 2nd day testing he will be faster

  11. Hmm Jenson is 8th fastest,I Think they choosed the wrong aerodynamic Setup

    1. What makes you think that?

  12. I have a question, what implications do gearbox and engine use have on a teams season allocation? I’m guessing none, but is there some way that the FIA restrict usage?

  13. Hey Keith you should call Prisoner Monkeys to see if he is still alive… so weird there aren’t any of his comments about this news when usually this blog looks like “”

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