Lotus fastest again as Jerez test ends

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The first test session of 2013 concluded with Kimi Raikkonen fastest for Lotus.

But his 1’18.148 lap fell short of the best time set by Felipe Massa yesterday.

Sebastian Vettel led the running early on the day, making a series of short runs in the Red Bull. Between each stint the team were waiting with barriers to shield the RB9 from onlookers as it arrived and more were pulled around the RB9 when it came to a stop.

Pedro de la Rosa’s first appearance as a Ferrari test driver got off to a bad start as he stopped with a fire on his second lap.

The session was red flagged while his car was recovered, and several hours passed before it reappeared.

Fortunately for Ferrari the final day’s running was extended by half an hour following a further red flag period. The session was stopped for almost an hour after a hole appeared next to the kerb between turns nine and ten. It had to be patched up with concrete before running could resume.

Vettel’s quickest time was beaten in the afternoon by Jules Bianchi using a set of soft tyres. The team originally planned to give Bianchi the full day in the car, but sent Di Resta out with two hours to go. His run in the car yesterday was curtailed by an exhaust fault.

Raikkonen took the best time off Bianchi with two hours to go by less than three-hundredths of a second. Lotus began the day continuing their comparison of different exhaust configurations.

Mercedes continued to make up for lost time and Lewis Hamilton emulated Nico Rosberg’s efforts yesterday by covering more than two Grand Prix distances. Esteban Gutierrez did likewise in the Sauber.

Driver Car Best time Laps Difference
1 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault E21 1’18.148 83
2 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’18.175 56 0.027
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault RB9 1’18.565 96 0.417
4 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari C32 1’18.669 142 0.521
5 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR8 1’18.760 92 0.612
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W04 1’18.905 145 0.757
7 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes MP4-28 1’18.944 98 0.796
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault FW34 1’19.851 92 1.703
9 Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari F138 1’20.316 51 2.168
10 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault CT03 1’21.105 109 2.957
11 Luiz Razia Marussia-Cosworth MR02 1’21.226 82 3.078
12 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes VJM06 1’23.435 49 5.287

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45 comments on Lotus fastest again as Jerez test ends

  1. Candice said on 8th February 2013, 16:37

    Bianchi set that lap with 1 lap fuel…pit immediately after the flyer.

    Kimi at least had 4 laps fuel onboards

    Looking good for Lotus, hope they can sustain the development when 2014 is kicking around the corner.

  2. Well, extremely happy that merc had a safe day. Lotus seem to have a fast car this year . I know that even last year they were fastest in each test and these times do not mean much , but do they always tend to make lesser fuel runs , or does the cold suit the car . Red bull seem to be sandbagging big time . I think the Sauber will be more formidable if there is a tyre lottery like last time ….and now Esteban having run so many laps might just be set. Who knows ? Anything can happen .can’t wait for melbourne

  3. Lauri (@f1lauri) said on 8th February 2013, 16:42

    Which tyres did Kimi use?

  4. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 8th February 2013, 16:44

    So did vettel do that time on hards?

  5. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th February 2013, 16:44

    Summary: ‘fire and a hole’

  6. Mooph (@mooph) said on 8th February 2013, 16:59

    As always Tyres and Fuel loads make the fastest times hard to compare at a glance and read who is fastest, it would appear that there are a few teams with comparable cars which bodes well for a competitive season ahead, I am more pleased to see solid running on their new car for Marussia, while the times are not there yet, getting to grips with Kers and their mechanical set up now can only help them vs the situation of the last few seasons of arriving in Australia with it all to do, if they are in a position when come the first race they are beginning to refine their aero package and are able to build on a solid mechanical base then i think they can have a good season and close that gap to the cars in front, are they going to get a point probably not, the midfield is looking just as close as ever, but i think the % laptimes should close up and they will be able to develop race set up in free practice and not have to be doing basic thier testing in the public glare like normal.

  7. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 8th February 2013, 17:02

    Was that a James Hunt edition of Kimi’s helmet?

  8. D (@f190) said on 8th February 2013, 17:21

    Looks like another great day for Lotus. They seem to have some good pace this year and I will be surprised if they don’t seriously crack the top 3 this year. Merc have also had two solid days, over 140 laps two days running is pretty solid, as are their times. Yesterday, Rosberg set his fastest lap at the start of a 12 – 15 lap run ( I can’t remember the exact number) Today Hamilton set his on only a five lap run.. BUT I think his run could have been interrupted by a red flag ? Still seems that merc haven’t done a serious quali run yet, which gives me some faith in their speed. Also Hamiltons laps today seemed more balanced than Rosbergs yesterday. I’m not saying Rosberg can’t drive as it was probably the strategy from the team, but it’s nice to see the car do a 10 lap run where the final lap was only 0.2 slower than the first, especially on a track which kills the tyres.

    At the next test we will be able to compare more with last year’s actual GP times from quali and practice, the rules have been pretty stable so we should be able to see the difference between a flat out run and full fuel… Can’t wait :)

  9. andae23 (@andae23) said on 8th February 2013, 17:27

    I am very surprised that Lotus didn’t try their ‘device’ this test: it is generally believed that they are planning to run it sometime during the tests, so why wait for it? One possible explanation is that they felt they didn’t understood the E21 well enough to try a system as complicated as the DRD. Mercedes meanwhile did test a drag reducting device: they have adopted Lotus’s design from last year and I’m very excited that there are at least two (sub-top) teams who are willing to try this innovative aerodynamic device. Following on from that, I hope that it will pay off for them in the end!

    • JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 9th February 2013, 11:06

      @andae23 – I’m not too surprised by it. It’s not often that teams start testing things like that on the first test. It’s usually for reliability, tyres and simply understanding the car so that you have a base in which to compare the two. I expect we’ll see it in the latter half of the second test at Barcelona.

      • andae23 (@andae23) said on 9th February 2013, 11:25

        @jamiefranklinf1 I would say that an aerodynamic device as complicated as the DRD would require some time to understand. I didn’t expect Lotus to run it for the entire test, but maybe a bit like what Mercedes did: a few runs, gather some preliminary data. But well, Lotus probably knows what they’re doing ;)

  10. StefMeister (@stefmeister) said on 8th February 2013, 17:43

    I’ve been putting video’s from Sky’s testing coverage up on my Dailymotion channel:

  11. HoHum (@hohum) said on 8th February 2013, 17:44

    I think the use of privacy barriers around Vettels car are proof that the car at the 13 launch and the publicity photos released are not the same as the “real” race car, but the colour scheme was accurate.

  12. BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th February 2013, 18:12

    So far it looks as if no one team is having extreme trouble with their car (although Williams might have a bit next test week with their new car). It seems Mercedes still suffer a bit of headaches with cooling though.

    I guess we will see more of the car performance in the test days that are to come. So far Massa can have a nice feeling of being outright quickest, Kimi can be confident in his car and Marussia and Caterham can say that they did a lot of testing to get their drivers used to the car and team.

  13. Nick.UK (@) said on 8th February 2013, 18:52

    Anyone else noticed the “#ImSexyAndIKnowIt” on Kimi’s car… I wonder if he requested it be put on…

  14. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 8th February 2013, 20:24

    Right a couple of things, Kimis helmet looks like a previous grosjean one and Grosjeans looks like a previous Kimi one! Then there is the case of the yellow helmeted Mercedes drivers..On top of that the Toro Rosso guys run almost identical helmets as well. I’m already hearing the commentry mistakes.

    • Tell me about it! Was watching the Spa Race Edit from last year and STILL can’t tell which Toro Rosso overtaking Rosberg at the end is which lol. I suppose the commentary would have timing, but nonetheless still hard lol

    • Eoin (@eoin16) said on 9th February 2013, 5:57

      this year must be a record for yellow skid lids! Lewis, Nico, Perez (neon), Messa and Razia. Although i must admit, i really hate the new Perez design.

  15. ginnerchris (@ginnerchris) said on 8th February 2013, 21:32

    Did I just see Keith on Ted’s Notebook on SkyF1?
    Hope you’ve learnt a lot at the test Keith. Will you be writing a test summary/reflection?

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