Kimi Raikkonen ensured Ferrari power swept the board during the first pre-season test of the 2015 F1 season as he topped the fourth and final day in Jerez.

After new team-mate Sebastian Vettel went quickest on days one and two, and Felipe Nasr topped the timesheets on the third day for Sauber-Ferrari, Raikkonen guaranteed the Prancing Horse powered its way to the best time on day four too, his effort of 1min 20.841s more than a second clear of his rivals.

A tenth faster than Vettel's benchmark from day two, Raikkonen's result completed a very positive opening gambit for Ferrari, not least because they would emerge as the only drivers to drop into the 1min 20secs bracket.

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Though he ended his session with an apparent problem just 15mins from the chequered flag, Sauber's Marcus Ericsson furthered the firm's joy by ensuring Ferrari-powered cars filled the top two spots on all four days, the Swede squeezing ahead of Lewis Hamilton late on before coming to a stop.

Hamilton, meanwhile, shrugged off a spin through the chicane to again ensure Mercedes was the busiest team on track, the defending champion notching up 115 laps to bring the marque's total over four days to a remarkable 514 laps - 2,275km in total.

Max Verstappen furthered his experience in the Toro Rosso and was consistently amongst the frontrunners all day, the young Dutchman completing 97 laps en route to the fourth fastest time, while Felipe Massa added another 73 in the Williams.

Romain Grosjean enjoyed his first laps in the Lotus E23 and pronounced himself very happy with his first impressions, despite an issue with the new Mercedes power unit ending his day around lunchtime.

Having been unable to set a fast time on Monday after damaging the team's only front wing, Daniil Kvyat spent much of his morning in the pit-lane after hitting problems early on in the increasingly troubled Red Bull, but recovered to complete 62 laps by the end.

McLaren, meanwhile, put more laps on the MP4-30, Jenson Button pushing on to get the car's best time of the test down to 1min 27.660secs, before a fuel pump issue consigned the team to an early stop just after lunchtime.


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Its good to see Ferrari back on top but the times as so many here say is absolutely irrelevant, and yes I also belive they are indeed irrelevant. I just want to comment that Mclaren isnt really using 100 percent power, that is why the Honda powered car sounded very deep tone, maybe they are just at 70%, but good to hear a Honda is F1 once again.