Raikkonen returns Ferrari to top Wednesday in Jerez


Ferrari-powered cars completed a week sweep of the first official preseason test of the year, with Kimi Raikkonen on top Wednesday in the fourth day at Jerez.

Raikkonen was second on Tuesday behind the Sauber-Ferrari of Felipe Nasr, and put the SF15-T back on top Wednesday with the fastest lap of the week – a 1:20.841 from 106 laps completed.

Marcus Ericsson continued Sauber’s strong week in second with Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes. These two each also clocked more than 100 laps on the day. Both caused a red flag –  Hamilton for a spin and Ericsson for stopping on course near the end of the day – but neither was a significant hindrance to their running.

Elsewhere Daniil Kvyat had an apparent ERS failure on his Red Bull, adding to his week of frustration that also him breaking the front wing on Sunday. He at least managed 63 laps on Wednesday.

For McLaren-Honda, more issues persisted with a fuel pump issue ending Jenson Button’s day early. On the bright side, the Englishman posted both his and McLaren’s best time of the week at 1:27.660, and completed 35 laps. Neither McLaren driver got a ton of track time.

F1 is off to Barcelona later this month, Feb. 19-22, for the second test of the preseason. Force India may join with its new car, but reports have indicated recently that might be pushed back even further.

Meanwhile times from Wednesday can be found below. See links to Tuesday, Monday and Sunday times here.

Jerez Day 4 – Final Results

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.841 (106 laps)
2. Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:22.019 (112)
3. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.172 (116)
4. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:22.553 (97)
5. Felipe Massa Williams 1:23.116 (73)
6. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:23.802 (53)
7. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:23.975 (63)
8. Jenson Button McLaren 1:27.660 (35)