FERRARI STAY ON TOP AND KIMI GETS HIS FIRST TASTE OF THE E21 ON DAY THREE…
Kimi Räikkönen had his first taste of the E21 on track during the third day of testing in Jerez, Spain, ending the day with the 4th fastest time after a programme of aerodynamic assessment.
A crisp morning gave way to glorious blue skies as the team ran through a variety of exhaust evaluations. Running for Kimi ended early due to a clutch issue.
Kimi Räikkönen will take the wheel of the E21 for final day of the Jerez test tomorrow.
“It was good to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car again. The E21 feels quite good so far, even if the balance isn’t quite to my liking yet. That didn’t stop us going through the programme we wanted to do which had a lot of aero runs in it. We know the car can go faster, we were just running through what we needed to achieve. It’s a shame that we had a clutch issue at the end of the day, but that’s why we come testing so we can find these problems and fix them.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“Although we haven’t covered as many laps as we have on the previous two days we have still have been very productive. We spent much of the morning testing various exhaust exit specifications for our Coandă system. The car isn’t yet fully to Kimi’s liking, but we improved this through the day. We still have work to do with the balance, which is something we’ll work on tomorrow. Running ended early for us with a clutch failure which we’re investigating, but overall we’ve had a productive day of aero and exhaust testing.”
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m17.879s 85 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.766s +0.887 148 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m19.052s +1.173 102 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1m19.200s +1.321 40 5. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m19.247s +1.368 85 6. James Rossiter Force India 1m19.303s +1.424 42 7. Jenson Button McLaren 1m19.603s +1.724 83 8. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m19.934s +2.055 110 9. Max Chilton Marussia 1m21.269s +3.390 78 10. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m21.575s +3.696 86 11. Charles Pic Caterham 1m22.352s +4.473 57 12. Paul di Resta Force India 1m23.729s +5.850 7