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Jerez Test – End Day 4 Results

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Report

Circuit: Jerez circuit – 4.428 km
Driver: Kimi Raikkonen
Car: Ferrari SF15-T – chassis 309
Weather: Air temperature 9/13 °C, track temperature 8/22. Clear skies.
Laps/Km completed: 105/464
Fastest time: 1:20.841 (Pirelli Soft tyres)
Tyres used: Wet, Intermediate, Medium, Hard and Soft
Programme: Tyre evaluation and set-up work.

Kimi Raikkonen: “Over the winter, we have made a good step forward and this car is definitely an improvement over the 2014 one. It’s the whole package that has progressed, but there is still a lot of work to do. We are not comparing ourselves to the others, we just got on with our own job, without looking at what they were doing. Times are of relatively little importance; what matters is that we have put together a good number of laps without having any real problems. Today’s conditions were not that easy, with too strong a wind blowing ontrack, but then it’s the same for everyone. As I said, we now have a good basis from which to start the development work.”

James Allison: “When you bring a new car to the track, you’re always excited and worried and that is mixed with a profound hope that all the hard work of so many people will be rewarded with performance. We leave this test without having all our expectations met, simply because we would have liked to have done even more mileage and because you always want to be faster. However, having said that, given how it went, overall we can bepleased, because we have had a solid start. Now, we are keen to push on with the development work in Barcelona, so as to be ready for the first race in Melbourne.”

Maurizio Arrivabene: “If one makes a comparison to last year, these past few days of testing have produced encouraging signs. The team has worked well, both at home and at the track and our drivers did a great job, providing the engineers with valuable feedback. But above all, I am pleased that the group has rediscovered its motivation and team spirit. In terms of performance, I don’t think our competitors – one in particular – have shown their true potential over these past days. I think we will only discover the truth about them and about ourselves at the last Barcelona test session. Now, my attention turns to Paris, where tomorrow’s meeting will decide the future of our sport.”

End of day final times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.841s 106
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.019s 1.178s 112
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.172s 1.331s 116
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.553s 1.712s 97
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m23.116s 2.275s 73
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.802s 2.961s 53
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m23.975s 3.134s 63
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m27.660s 6.819s 35

This is the final day of testing here for Scuderia Ferrari. The team’s programme this morning was affected by damp track for much of the time, which meant that none of the drivers could post meaningful lap times.

When the surface finally dried out and some checks were carried out in the garage, Kimi Raikkonen went back out on track with dry weather tyres, to post the fastest time of the morning in 1.22.537. This afternoon, the team will continue with a programme based around various tyre and set-up tests (ferrari.com).

Morning times:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m22.537s 50
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m23.633s 1.096s 52
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m23.802s 1.265s 45
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m24.155s 1.618s 52
5 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m25.081s 2.544s 33
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m25.136s 2.599s 27
7 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m28.550s 6.013s 10
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m37.195s 14.658s 8

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