Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen made an impressive comeback to Formula One by topping the timesheets on the first day of pre-season testing at Jerez. The Finn set a time of 1.19.670 as he laid down his marker to challenge for the 2012 Championship, after a two year absence. Raikkonen completed 75 laps as he finished the day fastest. Paul di Resta was an impressive 2nd for Force India, just a tenth shy of Raikkonen's time. Mercedes and HRT were using their 2011 cars, which Marussia, formerly known as Virgin, are absent from this test. Nico Rosberg ended 3rd and Michael Schumacher was 6th for Mercedes, but it shouldn't be looked into, as they were using the 2011 car.
|Kovalainen ended the day 10th for Caterham|
|Mark Webber's RB8 caused much interest|
The times in full:
Paul di Resta
Pedro de la Rosa
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