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Alonso jumps to P1 as the first pre-season test comes to an end - Ferrari lead the way despite their pace disappointment

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After bemoaning the pace of the new car only yesterday, Ferrari managed to jump to the top of the timesheets in an effort to boost morale. Fernando Alonso was back behind the wheel of the F2012, finishing ahead of Toro Rosso and Red Bull. Mercedes were not in attendance, having led the previous two days of testing. Meanwhile, Caterham are due to stay on for an extra day for filming.

Hey, the F2012 doesn't look so bad from this angle
Hey, the F2012 doesn't look so bad from this angleCredit: Pirelli & C. S.p.A.

Jarno Trulli made his debut for the team, finishing up the day last, behind Bruno Senna in the Williams. Nico Hülkenberg finished the day 7th overall, having his first taste of the Force India after a delay. Sauber had some trouble, as demonstrated here:

A leak causes an awful lot of work now. Mechanics try hard. If we are very lucky #Kamui can go out again later #Jerez

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They did manage to get Kobayashi out again and completed 76 laps in all.

Finally, the test summed up nicely by EliGP.

So in the end Raikkonen was only 10th quickest this week. I'm not giving him the title just yet


2012 Pre-Season Testing - Day 4, Jerez
1Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:18.87739
2Jean-Éric VergneToro Rosso1:19.59780
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:19.60650
4Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:19.64086
5Romain GrosjeanLotus1:19.72995
6Kamui KobayashiSauber1:19.83476
7Nico HülkenbergForce India1:19.97790
8Bruno SennaWilliams1:20.132125
9Jarno TrulliCaterham1:22.198117

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