Raikkonen tops subdued first day of testing

By on Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen topped the first day of winter testing at a subdued Jerez.

As Formula 1 entered into a new era, several teams encountered issues with their new cars.

Pacesetter Raikkonen stopped the F14 T on its first lap out on track, while Force India's Sergio Perez encountered similar difficulties.

Lewis Hamilton was the morning pacesetter in his Mercedes W05 and had completed more laps than any of his rivals when his front wing failed on the pit straight.

Hamilton was powerless to prevent his car from crashing into the barriers, which curtailed his running for the day after 18 laps.

Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

He was nonetheless upbeat about Mercedes's progress.

"For me it's an incredibly positive start to be the first car out on track and completing a good number of laps," he said.

"Other teams have been going out for single-lap runs, starting a few hours after we had first hit the track, so to have started running through our test programme was very encouraging."

"The car feels quite good, especially considering it's so early in our programme, so overall it's been a positive day. Of course, it's unfortunate to end the day early when everyone has worked so hard."

Jean-Eric Vergne completed 15 laps before he also stopped on track late in the day.

"It would be easy to say things did not go well today, because the car stopped, because we didn’t use full power and therefore I did not get a chance to see what the car feels like," he said.

"However, that is the wrong way to look at things, because we expected plenty of difficulties, especially learning about how the new type of power unit works. In fact, I would say this was a positive day, because just getting the car on track was an achievement, so the team can be pleased with that as it was down to their hard work."

Other teams undertook even less running.

Red Bull/Getty Images

Red Bull/Getty Images

Caterham delayed the launch of their CT05 until midway through the afternoon, with rookie Marcus Ericsson receiving just an exploratory lap in the car.

Williams only made it out on track as the session approached its final hour but Valtteri Bottas was still able to set the third quickest time, such was the lack of action. Red Bull encountered a technical problem with the RB10 late on Monday night, meaning that world champion Sebastian Vettel only hit the circuit with 15 minutes remaining. McLaren was also unable to test due to a hydraulics problem with the MP4-29.

Marussia missed the opening day due to a last minute technical difficulty with the MR-03 as it was set to leave the team's factory in the UK.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeLaps
17Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1.27.10431
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1.27.82018
377Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1.30.0825
411Sergio PérezForce India-Mercedes1.33.1619
525Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1.36.53015
621Esteban GutiérrezSauber-Ferrari1.42.2577
71Sebastian VettelRed Bull-RenaultNo time3
89Marcus EricssonCaterham-RenaultNo time1
922Jenson ButtonMcLaren-MercedesNo time0


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