Trackside view from Jerez

Trackside view from Jerez

Want to know which of 2012's new F1 machines looked best at Jerez on Tuesday without being influenced by the timesheets? So did Edd Straw, so he ventured down to the final corner to find out

Kimi Raikkonen was trying. That much was clear, and not just from the timesheets. In testing, what matters far more than the laptimes is the attitude of the car on track, those glimpses of the potential of what is to come. On that evidence, regardless of how good the Lotus E20 goes on to become, Raikkonen has set out his stall to attack.

On the first day of pre-season testing, the Formula 1 cars are no more than prototype grand prix machines. They are infants on their first day at nursery rather than fully mature graduates, and they must be treated as such. Drawing conclusions from what we saw on Tuesday at Jerez would be tantamount to judging a grown man as the boy he once was. This is not just any prologue, it is the first paragraph of the prologue to the 2012 F1 season.

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