Jerez Test Day Five - record Raikkonen 12 Jan 2004
Kimi Raikkonen completed his first test session in the new McLaren MP4-19 by setting a new, unofficial lap record at Jerez on Sunday. The Finn narrowly outpaced Ralf Schumacher in the new Williams FW26, with a best time of 1m 16.074s.
It was the last of four days of testing for McLaren at the Spanish circuit and test driver Pedro de la Rosa backed up Raikkonen with the day's fourth-fastest time, as the team continued development of their 2004 machine. Raikkonen's record lap came despite a number of technical problems that limited his running.
For Williams it was day five of their seven-day programme. Schumacher worked on mechanical set-up of the FW26 and tyres, while test driver Marc Gene successfully completed a race simulation with BMW's latest P84 V10 engine using an FW25 chassis.
After not running on Saturday, Toyota returned to the Jerez session with Australian test driver Ryan Briscoe going fifth fastest. BAR completed Sunday's all-Michelin line-up, with Jenson Button and Takuma Sato rounding out the timesheets, Sato experiencing the team's third Honda engine failure in as many days.
Testing continues at Jerez on Monday.
Unofficial Sunday times from Jerez:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren (Michelin), 1:16.074
2. Ralf Schumacher, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.110
3. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.245
4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.238
5. Ryan Briscoe, Toyota (Michelin), 1:18.420
6. Jenson Button, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.563
7. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:19.837