F1 » Jerez F1 test times – day one: 7 February – 5pm

Kimi Raikkonen quickest as F1 testing begins at Jerez

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Liam48 - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 4:37 PM

Welcome back Iceman!!! I know it's only testing but it's good to see Raikonen at the top and even better to see Di Resta in second, he is showing his class, I hope it carries on during the season! Wonder what McLaren were doing I don't want to see Jenson down in ninth for too much longer!!!

Tealeaf - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 5:16 PM

Hmmm looks like Ferrari are really struggling here, as they say its only testing but it looks to me Massa was really slow today even on long runs compared to the Redbull and Lotus, Mclaren wasn't too clever either, maybe Kimi has a chance of race wins we shall see, early days yet.

Quick to judge... - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 5:52 PM

McLaren and Ferrari both had data gathering equipment on their respective cars today, which aren't exactly going to help performance. I would be massively surprised if they are 3 seconds off the pace. Massa spent a large part of his afternoon on pitstop practice too, I think people are reading too much into the first day.


February 07, 2012 5:53 PM

Early days yes, but no less interesting. Being quick out of the box is always a good sign so Lotus and Force India will be quite encouraged at this point. Sauber had a good start but then dropped down a bit. Red Bull and STR are looking ok, but then RBR along with McLaren and Ferrari are less likely to aim for the top of the time sheets just for the sake of it. Have to say though, to be this far behind can't be encouraging for Ferrari - and certainly not for Williams. Caterham are not looking very impressive either, and it's hard to say anything about Merc. Obviously they have last year's chassis but you can bet they are testing as many of this year's components as they can. Same goes for HRT although they probably have a lot fewer new components...

It's also encouraging to see that there are 4 seconds between the fastest and slowest times. We had roughly the same last year, but then none of the smaller teams were present. Now we have 4 sec between Lotus and (old) HRT, then we had 4 s


February 07, 2012 6:08 PM

sodesu. merc times can be discounted, as they were running 2011 car , ith blown diffuser and smooth nose.
massa spent the day fitted out with info gathering equipment, so was handicapped considerably.

but overall, times are completely irrelevant as cars are all info gathering. kimi , i reckon, was going purely for fast laps, so as to try and catch up on his missing two seasons.

AS - Unregistered

February 07, 2012 7:23 PM

HRT must be pleased with Pedro del la Rosa's times even with the old car its not far off the new Williams and the Caterham all in 1.23's I cant wait to see the new car could be a shocker


February 07, 2012 7:41 PM

Excelent to see the cars out once again even if the times are a bit meaningless at the moment, only 39 days to the first race, let's hope that the front runners are within a nat's whisker of each other come Australia and that we have a cracker of a season!!!!

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