Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen rounded off a successful preseason test for the team making them fastest in three out of the four days. While Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was second and Lewis Hamilton third.
Mclaren had another tough day while they get to grips with the Honda power unit. The car driven by Jenson Button only could manage 35 laps and was 6.8 seconds off the pace before being hit initially by a problem with oil levels and then was forced to abandon the day’s running following a fuel-pump failure.
McLaren have only managed to do 79 laps under a fifth of the laps completed by Mercedes. But the team’s director of engineering Matt Morris insisted the team had had a positive test as they bedded in their relationship with Honda.
“We have had a number of problems,” Morris said. “We have had some operational issues – all of us working together as a team for the first time – things you take for granted when you have been with an engine supplier for many years.”
Hamilton did make a few mistakes but managed to make a few mistakes on track spinning his car while using slick tyres. At the end of the day he told the team “Well done, guys. Great first week back. But reliability has been pretty special this week. It’s one of our highest weeks of mileage. The car feels very similar to last year.”
Romain Grosjean gave his team Lotus, something to smile about going six fastest before the day was ended by an engine problem, but the team said they were confident the car was a major advance on last year.
Testing resumes in Barcelona on 19th February at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Fastest lap times, final day of first pre-season test in Jerez
1 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:20.841
2 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.019
3 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:22.172
4 Max Verstappen (Ned) Toro Rosso-Renault 1:22.553
5 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams-Mercedes 1:23.116
6 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus-Mercedes 1:23.802
7 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Red Bull-Renault 1:23.975
8 Jenson Button (GB) McLaren-Honda 1:27.660