Kimi quickest on Day 1 of first 2012 test

Lotus F1 Team's 2012 challenger, the E20, topped the times during the first day of testing at Jerez with Kimi Räikkönen at the wheel.

Fast facts:

Track: Jerez, Spain, 4.4kmChassis: E20-01Weather: Sunny, air 5-17°C, track 6-25°CProgramme: Systems checks, temperature monitoring, data correlation, evaluation of the performance of the car with its initial aerodynamic package. Laps Completed: 75Classification: 1st, 1'19"670. Interruptions: KERS battery change in the afternoon. What's next? Kimi will complete his running in the E20 at Jerez tomorrow, before handing the car over to team-mate Romain Grosjean for the Thursday and Friday sessions.

Kimi Räikkönen: "It was a positive first day of testing and everything went almost to plan. We had no major issues and I got a good feel for the car and the tyres. The tyres were more of a challenge in the afternoon when we ran with a scrubbed set, but overall it was a positive day. The lap times don't matter today. I'm happy with the balance of the car, which feels good, and the fact that we didn't have any major issues. Also, I did more than a race distance today and did not have any physical problems at all, which is good. I'm looking forward to making further progress with the car tomorrow."

James Allison, Technical Director: "It was a flawless morning with a slightly interrupted afternoon as we changed the second of the KERS batteries which we ran today. Overall it was a very promising day in terms of reliability and it gives us a good springboard for the rest of the test. So far Kimi's feedback on the car has been complimentary in terms of the balance, the braking and other features. The steering is slightly heavy for his liking at the moment, but we already have a different steering rack being completed which he will use in Barcelona

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: "We enjoyed a strong first day with the E20 in both performance and reliability and this is a testament to all the hard work done by everyone at Enstone over the winter. It's always nice to be top of the timesheets, but the main encouraging factor from today is the car's reliability; apart from a small KERS problem this afternoon it was fautless. We ran on the medium compound Pirelli tyre all day and it seemed to hold up pretty well, showing similar degradation to that we saw last year, so I think there'll be exciting racing once more in 2012."

 1.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault          1m19.670s            73 laps 2.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes   1m19.772s  + 0.102  101 3.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes               1m20.219s  + 0.549   56 4.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault       1m20.496s  + 0.826   53 5.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m20.694s  + 1.024   57 6.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes               1m20.794s  + 1.124   41 7.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1m21.353s  + 1.683  106 8.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes       1m21.530s  + 1.860   60 9.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                1m22.815s  + 3.145   6910.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault       1m23.178s  + 3.508   2811.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault       1m23.371s  + 3.701   2511.  Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth           1m23.676s  + 4.006   44

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