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Barcelona Final Test Report & Quotes

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | photo gallery |

 

Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus spent most of the morning in the pits thanks to a gearbox problem. A couple of soft-tyre runs towards the end of the afternoon nevertheless lifted him to fifth.

TODAY'S TIMES

Pos  Driver            Team         Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Nico Rosberg      Mercedes     1m20.130s            131
 2.  Fernando Alonso   Ferrari      1m20.494s  + 0.364s  120
 3.  Jenson Button     McLaren      1m21.444s  + 1.314s  122
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg   Sauber       1m21.541s  + 1.411s  118
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen    Lotus        1m21.658s  + 1.528s  50
 6.  Paul di Resta     Force India  1m21.664s  + 1.534s  112
 7.  Pastor Maldonado  Williams     1m22.415s  + 2.285s  42
 8.  Sebastian Vettel  Red Bull     1m22.514s  + 2.384s  100
 9.  Valtteri Bottas   Williams     1m22.524s  + 2.394s  31
10.  Charles Pic       Caterham     1m23.115s  + 2.985s  116
11.  Jules Bianchi     Marussia     1m23.167s  + 3.037s  62
12.  Daniel Ricciardo  Toro Rosso   1m23.628s  + 3.498s  91
13.  Max Chilton       Marussia     1m24.103s  + 3.973s  49

Raikkonen insists Lotus reliability not a worry:

KR: “The few times that problems have cost us many hours, it’s always been the same thing. And we don’t expect it to happen when it’s warmer. When you have these problems, you can never be 100 per cent that it won’t happen again. But we had some problems in testing last year and then found the racing was OK. I think it will be the same story again.”

Lotus technical director James Allison said that despite the loss of track time, Raikkonen’s afternoon, which revolved around a number of four to seven lap stints on medium and soft tyres, had given the team reason to be optimistic for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

“Today was something like this entire test in microcosm; we spent too much of the day in the garage, but when we did get out on track we made good progress.

“A definite positive is that we are not finding it difficult to be on the pace, and we haven’t had to resort to low-fuel runs at any of the tests to get a good time out of the car.”

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