Lotus fastest again as Jerez test ends

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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