So the first day of pre-season F1 testing drew to a close today in Jerez with Kimi Raikkonen topping the time sheets. However there is little to read into the times really as teams have new cars and concentrate on early running rather than laptime. In fact the teams are concentrating on evaluating their Aero packages and gathering data for their simulations, this saw Ferrari out straight away with flo-viz paint so they can visually see the airflow over the car.
Actually we’d expect the fastest car to be the Mercedes from last year as they will have a proper setup on the car however it doesn’t look good to roll out the new car in the second test and its suddenly down the bottom of the timing screens when the old one was top. The same goes for HRT (although I doubt the F111 can top the timesheets). While the two teams mentioned above are running 2011 cars Marussia are missing this test entirely and wont unleash their 2012 challenger on the track until the third test at Barcelona.
Caterham struggled with a damaged starter shaft meaning they couldn’t restart the car in the pits for Heikki to do further running and the Williams of Pastor Maldonado also managed a low number of laps. Unusually Ferrari only completed 69 laps (about average for the day), when historically they have always ran as much as possible.
Timing (from http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk)
|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|