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  1. Raikkonen sets pace in the Ferrari
  2. Hamilton spins off circuit
  3. McLaren & Honda's problems continue
  4. Force India 'will be in Melbourne' for F1 season start
  5. Marussia hopes of F1 return boosted

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By Lawrence Barretto

All times stated are UK

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And that, folks, is that. What a journey it has been. I can't tell you how much of a pleasure it has been guiding you through this marvellous sport. Thanks so much for your company. That's me done. Until next time, it's good afternoon from me. Over and out.

The second test takes place in Barcelona and kicks off on 19 February. That'll last four days. And there won't be long to wait for the next and final one because that begins on 26 February and will also be hosted by Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.

The season itself begins on 13 March with Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix and after 18 more races, it ends in Abu Dhabi for the season final in November. It's going to be awesome.


Here's a snapshot of the day's headlines:

  • Kimi Raikkonen sets the fastest last of the four-day test
  • Lewis Hamilton completes 117 laps, but his spin brings out the red flag
  • McLaren and Jenson Button set their quickest lap of the week and clock 35 laps but day disrupted by a "trivial issue" with the oil levels and fuel pump problem
  • Red Bull miss much of the morning with an ERS issue but recover in the afternoon with Daniil Kvyat managing 64 laps
  • Marussia's hopes of competing in 2015 are boosted
  • Force India say they will make the season opener despite delays with their new car
Kimi Raikkonen

That benchmark lap from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is the fastest of the four days. It's been a good week for Ferrari, but it's unwise to read too much into headline times.

Final day results

1) Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:20.841 105 laps

2) Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:22.019 +1.178 112 laps

3) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:22.172 +1.331 117 laps

4) Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) 1:22.553 +1.712 97 laps

5) Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.116 +2.275 73 laps

6) Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:23.802 +2.961 53 laps

7) Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:23.975 +3.134 64 laps

8) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:27.660 +6.819 35 laps

Chequered flag

Kimi Raikkonen
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Kimi Raikkonen finishes fastest on the final day of the first pre-season test in Jerez.

Williams: @MassaFelipe19 has finished his check list and so finishes his day.

Mercedes: RADIO @LewisHamilton: "Before the flag I just want to say well done guys. Great first week back!"

Sauber: #ME9 made a check of the fuel system and ran out of fuel, as a result.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson has stopped on track. That could bring an abrupt end to the session and indeed this test.

Red flag

Red flag again!

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson is the first one back out...

Go! Go! Go!

Just a short stoppage as a marshal dashes onto the circuit, retrieves a piece of debris and then hops back over the barriers. Good work.

Red flag

We have a red flag!


F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Jerez: "The teams are starting to pack up. While the cars will go back to the factories, the garage equipment will be trucked to Barcelona for the second test."

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Lewis Hamilton continues to clock up the laps, with Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat for company.


Ferrari will more than likely reflect on this test as a job well done. Last year was poor by their standards as they failed to win a single race. This year, things are looking up. Sebastian Vettel was fastest on both the first two days and Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest yesterday and looks set to top the times today.

Max Verstappen
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Just 40 minutes of this test remaining with Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen heading out to make the most of it.

Marcus Ericsson pumps in a good lap to go third quickest. Can he improve further to ensure Sauber finish in the top two on all four days of this test in Jerez?


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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is back out and doing another short run, but he can't beat his leading his own benchmark this time around.

It's an early finish for McLaren, too, the team conceding that they're not going to complete the fuel pump change before the end of the session.

Lewis Hamilton hits his century of laps, but remains second on the timesheets, 1.331 seconds off the pace set by Kimi Raikkonen.

Romain Grosjean: Really good first feeling behind the wheel of the #E23 ! Looking forward to being in #Barcelona

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Romain Grosjean
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"Lotus's test is over because of an engine problem. 'It's a shame,' said trackside operations director Alan Permane. 'It's been going really well, especially as a week ago we did not even expect to be here.

"'The car is most definitely a big step forward over last year, even though we are still short of a lot of parts so it's not very representative. It's surprising we were running as quickly as we were given that. It's very encouraging - in fact, Romain was just saying that the car feels a lot like the 2013 car. He's a lot happier.'"

Short run for Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who pitted after that flying lap.

Why haven't we seen Jenson Button for a while? Well McLaren say they've got a fuel pump issue which they're working on fixing now.

Raikkonen sets quickest time of the week

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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen clocks a 1:20.841, which is the fastest time we've seen all week.

Red Bull send Daniil Kvyat out for another run, joining Lewis Hamilton, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa. We've not seen Jenson Button and the McLaren for a while...


Williams: A quick stop for @MassaFelipe19 with a few front wing adjustments before heading back out

Quickest times

Here's how they stand:

1) Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 1:21.516

2) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:22.497 +0.981

3) Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) 1:22.553 +1.037

4) Felipe Massa (Williams) 1:23.116 +1,600

5) Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 1:23.551 +2.035

6) Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:24.300 +2.286

7) Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) 1:24.300 +2.784

8) Jenson Button (McLaren) 1:27.660 +6.144

Lewis Hamilton

With two hours to go, Lewis Hamilton heads back out. Will he hit a century of laps today after falling short on Monday?

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Amin: Wondering what Alonso is thinking now seeing the Ferrari at top of the time sheets.

Lewis Hamilton pits, leaving Max Verstappen, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa out on track.

Sauber: After finishing some set-up work, Marcus Ericsson is now doing aero scans. Good weather conditions!


Here's a snapshot of the day's headlines:

  • Lewis Hamilton completes 78 laps, but his spin brings out the red flag
  • McLaren and Jenson Button set their quickest lap of the week and clock 31 laps after a lengthy delay because of a "trivial issue" with the oil levels
  • Red Bull miss much of the morning with an ERS issue but recover in the afternoon with Daniil Kvyat managing 35 laps
  • Max Verstappen, Kimi Raikkonen, Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean all complete more than 50 laps
  • Marussia's hopes of competing in 2015 are boosted
  • Force India say they will make the season opener despite delays with their new car

Today is the final day of the first pre-season test, but there are still two more to look forward to before the season kicks off in Melbourne with the Australian Grand Prix on 15 March. The second test begins on 19 February and then third follows on the 26 February. Both are in Barcelona and last four days.

Lewis Hamilton is still out on track, but he now has Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson for company.

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It's been a tricky few days for McLaren, who are embarking on a new era with engine partner Honda.

"We have had a number of problems," said McLaren's director of engineering Matt Morris who met with the media earlier today. "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.

"You drop the ball sometimes, like saying getting oil levels wrong and all these sorts of things. We have had a few issues like that. We have also had some minor electrical issues, which resulted in a lot of downtime but have actually been relatively easy to fix.

"The main thing is that we have not been burning bodywork or blowing up engines. I am pretty happy that we are going to come out of this test with no sorts of major issues to resolve."

Tom Clarkson

BBC F1 pit lane reporter

"On Tuesday, the visiting VIP was Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. For the final day of the test, McLaren have welcomed shareholders the Crown Prince of Bahrain and Mansour Ojjeh.

"The Bahraini royal family owns 50% of McLaren through its Mumtalakat investment fund, while Ojjeh, a long-time business partner of chairman Ron Dennis, owns 25%. Dennis owns the remainder. And, auspiciously, the car is working this afternoon so far."