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Kimi Raikkonen topped the final day of Formula 1’s first pre-season test of 2013 at Jerez.
The Finn set the best time of the day on a short run with the soft tyre during the afternoon running, which was extended by 30 minutes to make up for a delay caused by track repairs around lunchtime.
Raikkonen had attacked the run from the moment he left the pits, choosing to force a way past the Caterham of Charles Pic on his out lap rather than back off to get clear track.
After the short, but clearly committed run, the 2007 world champion switched back to longer runs.
TODAY'S TIMES Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m18.148s 83 2. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m18.175s + 0.027 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m18.565s + 0.417 4. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m18.669s + 0.521 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m18.760s + 0.612 6. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.905s + 0.757 7. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m18.944s + 0.796 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m19.851s + 1.703 9. Pedro de la Rosa Ferrari 1m20.316s + 2.168 10. Charles Pic Caterham 1m21.105s + 2.957 11. Luiz Razia Marussia 1m21.226s + 3.078 12. Paul di Resta Force India 1m23.435s + 5.287 Morning times: Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m18.565s 56 2. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m18.669s + 0.104 52 3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.905s + 0.340 59 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m18.915s + 0.350 30 5. Sergio Perez McLaren 1m18.944s + 0.379 43 6. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m19.331s + 0.766 37 7. Vlatteri Bottas Williams 1m20.426s + 1.861 39 8. Jules Bianchi Force India 1m20.585s + 2.020 34 9. Charles Pic Caterham 1m21.919s + 3.354 41 10. Luiz Razia Marussia 1m25.796s + 7.231 32
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This weeks’ unofficial aggregate test times from Jerez:
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:17.879, 227 laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:18.148, 123 laps
3. Jules Bianchi, Force India, 1:18.175, 56 laps
4. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:18.218, 149 laps
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:18.565, 198 laps
6. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:18.669, 252 laps
7. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:18.760, 177 laps
8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:18.766, 162 laps
9. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:18.861, 120 laps
10. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:18.905, 160 laps
11. Sergio Perez, McLaren, 1:18.944, 179 laps
12. Paul di Resta, Force India, 1:19.003, 240 laps
13. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:19.134, 153 laps
14. James Rossiter, Force India, 1:19.303, 61 laps
15. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.338, 174 laps
16. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:19.502, 178 laps
17. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:19.851, 178 laps *
18. Pedro de la Rosa, Ferrari, 1:20.316, 51 laps
19. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:20.693, 155 laps*
20. Charles Pic, Caterham, 1:21.105, 166 laps
21. Luiz Razia, Marussia, 1:21.226, 113 laps
22. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:21.269, 107 laps
23. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, 1:21.311, 152 laps
Raikkonen says feeling with car improving
“Yesterday was OK, we did more or less what we planned and we tried different things with the seat and the driving position. Today we improved the situation, the car feels good. We are pretty happy with how the handling is and how things are running. For sure there are things we have to improve but that is normal. It is only the first test. For us it is more important to have a good feeling and know what we have done and learn from those. It’s early days but it’s a good car and I think we have a good baseline like last year to work on. It’s difficult to compare [to last year’s car] as it is a different place and different tyres, but we are pretty happy with how the handling is and how things are running.”
Kimi Raikkonen: We try to do better and hopefully we manage to do it. Everybody is aiming to do better they did the previous years. Even if you win the championship you try and improve things and I cannot promise that we will manage to do that, but hopefully that is our aim and hopefully we can do that. It is more easy because I know the team, and I know the people, and they know me. But it doesn’t mean we will suddenly be better and do better. There are an awful lot of things that can work in your favour or go against you. In theory it should be more easy. But I don’t count on it that we are suddenly going to start to turn it around and start to be something different to how we finished last year. Time will tell. It is definitely more easy to come here and be here than it was a year ago because I know the team.”