Raikkonen has first drive of MP4-19

Raikkonen has first drive of MP4-19

Kimi Raikkonen had his first drive of the McLaren MP4-19 at the Jerez circuit today and said the car felt good after his first day. The Finn missed out on pre-Christmas testing due to recovering from minor surgery on his wrist and is now ready for...

Kimi Raikkonen had his first drive of the McLaren MP4-19 at the Jerez circuit today and said the car felt good after his first day. The Finn missed out on pre-Christmas testing due to recovering from minor surgery on his wrist and is now ready for some on-track action.

Kimi Raikkonen.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
"It was great to be back testing and of course to drive the MP4-19 for the first time at Jerez today," he said. "It is still early days as I have only completed one days running, but the car felt good and I am looking forward to getting back behind the wheel tomorrow and Sunday, and putting in some more mileage."

"This morning, the main focus was for me to get acquainted with the car, making sure I was comfortable in it and getting used to how it felt on track. Also, the track was damp in the morning, which meant that everyone's times were a little slower."

"Then during the afternoon, we continued the scheduled development programme for the MP4-19, and as is often the case with testing, you do a few laps and then come into the garage and changes are made and you then go back out to see how that feels. It was a positive day though and we will continue the programme tomorrow."

Raikkonen set the fifth fastest time in today's session, 1:18.363, and completed 37 laps. Teammate David Coulthard was also present and was eighth quickest.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen
Teams McLaren