Kimi Raikkonen insists topping timesheets on Day One at Jerez didn't matter

Finn quickest on Day One - but almost ten seconds adrift of 2013 best

By Pete Gill at Jerez.   Last Updated: 29/01/14 5:34pm

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Raikkonen drives the Ferrari on the first day of winter testing

Raikkonen drives the Ferrari on the first day of winter testing

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In customary taciturn fashion, Kimi Raikkonen has refused to read any significance into setting the fastest time on a truncated first day of 2014 winter testing at Jerez.

Raikkonen, who has returned to Ferrari for the new season five years after leaving the Scuderia for a new career in rallying, not only topped the timesheets on Tuesday but also set the most laps. But, as is Kimi's way, the Finn was completely unimpressed by the seemingly-encouraging results of his efforts.

"It's just the first day, there is still a long way to go," he told reporters. "Lap times don't mean anything, I was just learning about the car. We have started ok."

Raikkonen drives the Ferrari on the first day of winter testing

Nor was Raikkonen admitting to be remotely moved by returning to Ferrari and driving for the most famous marque in motorsport again.

"As I've said before, I've been here before and I know most of the people. It's just a different team from last year, it's not a new team."

In total, Raikkonen set 31 laps, with a best time of 1:27.104 - leaving him over half a second clear of the second-placed Lewis Hamilton. However, it is perhaps more salient to point out that Felipe Massa, who Raikkonen has replaced at Ferrari alongside Fernando Alonso in the grid's most mouthwatering driver pairng, topped the times set in last year's Jerez test with a lap of 1:17.87.

Raikkonen is scheduled to drive the newly-launched F14 T on Wednesday before handing over the charger to Alonso for the final two days of the test.

Raikkonen drives the Ferrari on the first day of winter testing

The Sky Sports F1 Online team will be providing live commentary of all three winter tests, with live updates from trackside also on Sky Sports News.

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