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Jan 28

F1: Raikkonen Upbeat On First Day Back At Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F14T leaves the pits during 2014 F1 pre season day 1 in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Kimi Raikkonen leaves the pits during 2014 F1 preseason testing Day One in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Kimi Raikkonen was happy with his first day back with Ferrari at Jerez, the Finn eventually running more laps than any other driver and topping the times on Day One of winter testing.

He said that the job of the driver wasn’t any different, despite the huge changes to the cars.

Jan 28

Cars: Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 — Rugged Class

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4. (Photo: Courtesy of Jeep)

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4 is one of six trim levels available in this midsize SUV model. (Photo: Courtesy of Jeep)

One of the things that this long, lousy winter reminds us of is that in some parts of the country, you simply have to have a tough vehicle that will take you nearly anywhere, no matter how brutal the conditions.

Enter the Jeep Grand Cherokee, or in the case of this week’s test vehicle, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland 4×4, one of six trim levels available in this midsize SUV model.

Jan 28

F1: New Williams FW36 Makes Late Appearance At Jerez Test

Valterri Bottas in the Williams FW36 leaves the garage. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Valterri Bottas, driving the Williams FW36, leaves the garage. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

The Williams FW36 appeared in public for the first time at Jerez on Tuesday, having previously only been seen in the form of a computer-generated image.

Valtteri Bottas ran a few laps right at the end of the afternoon after electrical problems kept it in the garage for most of the day. The car is the first from the team to feature a Mercedes engine.

Jan 28

F1: Mercedes Revising Front Wing After Hamilton Crash

Mercedes AMG Petronas' British driver Lewis Hamilton takes part in the F1 pre-season test days at Jerez January 28, 2014. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Mercedes AMG Petronas’ British driver Lewis Hamilton takes part in the F1 preseason test in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was not discouraged by his accident on the first day of running in Jerez, noting that the Mercedes had done more running than any of its rivals. Hamilton hit the tire wall at Turn One after the wing fell under his front wheels.

“We had a rather dramatic failure of the front wing,” said Paddy Lowe. “The front wing went underneath the car, and a fair few parts disintegrated in a cloud. Lewis hit the barrier. He’s absolutely fine. He’s not driving tomorrow; the plan was always to put Nico (Rosberg) in the car for tomorrow. Lewis will be back in on Thursday.

Jan 28

F1: Teams Face Uphill Battle As Jerez Test Gets Going

Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives in the pitlane in the new STR9 during day one of F1 Winter Testing at the Jerez on January 28, 2014.  (Photo: Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives the new STR9 during Day One of F1 winter testing in Jerez, Spain. (Photo: Peter Fox/Getty Images)

Preparations for the 2014 season got underway in Jerez on Tuesday, and it was all too clear how much work the teams will have to do before the first race in March.