Spain Grand Prix – First Practice Results

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A cool, damp start to the weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya saw Kimi and Romain end the morning in P8 / P4 respectively; a somewhat mixed field the result of drying conditions out on track.

FP1 Times:

Pos Driver                Team                  Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m25.252s            20
 2. Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m25.455s  + 0.203s  20
 3. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.667s  + 0.415s  25
 4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m26.042s  + 0.790s  21
 5. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m26.212s  + 0.960s  24
 6. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m26.374s  + 1.122s  19
 7. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m26.456s  + 1.204s  20
 8. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m26.614s  + 1.362s  21
 9. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m26.621s  + 1.369s  21
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m26.755s  + 1.503s  16
11. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m26.940s  + 1.688s  26
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.061s  + 1.809s  24
13. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m27.135s  + 1.883s   6
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m27.250s  + 1.998s  26
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m27.576s  + 2.324s  24
16. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m28.600s  + 3.348s  19
17. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m28.887s  + 3.635s  14
18. Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m29.177s  + 3.925s  14
19. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m29.457s  + 4.205s  11
20. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m29.473s  + 4.221s  21
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth     1m30.314s  + 5.062s  12
22. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      no time               6

Kimi: ruling out title “would be stupid”

Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus would be ‘stupid’ not to believe it is knuckling down for a world championship fight this year.

The Finn is just ten points adrift of points leader Sebastian Vettel after the first four races of the year, and its car has proved to be a step forward on last year’s challenger.

Although there is still a view that Red Bull has the out-and-out fastest car, Raikkonen says there is absolutely no reason for Lotus not to set its sights on glory at the end of the campaign.

“It would be stupid to say we are not going to fight for the championship,” he explained.

“The only reason why we are here is to try to win championships and races. Obviously we want to fight for it, but you only have to have a couple of bad races and you might be out of it completely.

“We’ll try to make the maximum out of every weekend and in the long run that’s key to the championship.”

Raikkonen said that Lotus was not concerned about any specific element of its package – with qualifying the most notable area it can do better – and was just focusing on trying to improve in all areas.

“We try to improve everything,” he said. “If we improve the car, we’ll automatically improve our qualifying. It all goes hand in hand.

“There’s no magic where you suddenly do one thing and you’re faster in qualifying. If we make the car faster we improve our pace in all conditions.

“You always want to do better. We still have some things that need looking after, and especially in Malaysia [where it rained] we had some issues that could have been better.

“Right now we’ve put ourselves in a pretty good position so let’s see if we can keep it going and improve.”

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