2018 F1 test two: Raikkonen quickest on final day

10th Mar 2018 2:37 pm

Renault and McLaren had to make up for lost ground after both teams were hit with more reliability issues.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen ended the final day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing with the fastest time.

Raikkonen's morning effort of 1m17.221s was not threatened in the final afternoon of pre-season running, although a spate of late runs in the final hour did shake up the order behind the Finn.

Daniel Ricciardo was the first to make a big move with 45 minutes of the session to go, jumping up to second in the Red Bull on supersofts, before he was usurped by both Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso.

Sainz did not get his day going properly until around two hours were left, after Renault had to replace his RS18's gearbox, but went second fastest with 30 minutes to run, on hypersofts. But the Spaniard was beaten to the runner-up spot before the end of the day by compatriot Alonso, who was making up for lost time after a turbo issue caused the McLaren to stop on track in the morning and lose over five hours while its Renault power unit was changed.

Using hypersofts, Alonso posted a 1m17.981s to go second and then improved to a 1m17.784s to end the day 0.563 seconds slower than Raikkonen. Alonso did briefly jump to the top of the times in the final 10 minutes, but had his lap deleted for cutting the final chicane. He ended the day with a total of 93 laps to his name.

Romain Grosjean was the day's most productive runner for Haas with a tally of 181 laps, the best of which was good enough for fifth-fastest behind Ricciardo using ultrasofts.

Valtteri Bottas took over testing duties from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon, going sixth fastest on mediums and giving the champion outfit a combined session-topping total of 201 laps.

After his morning spin, Charles Leclerc used hypersofts to move up to ninth in the Sauber behind Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) and Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) completed the top 10 after handing over to Lance Stroll for the final few hours, with the Canadian again setting the slowest of the day behind Hamilton using softs.

Test two, day four times

POS

DRIVER

CAR

TIME

GAP

LAPS

1

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1m17.221s

-

157

2

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Renault

1m17.784s

0.563s

93

3

Carlos Sainz

Renault

1m18.092s

0.871s

45

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1m18.327s

1.106s

92

5

Romain Grosjean

Haas/Ferrari

1m18.412s

1.191s

181

6

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

1m18.825s

1.604s

104

7

Brendon Hartley

Toro Rosso/Honda

1m18.949s

1.728s

156

8

Esteban Ocon

Force India/Mercedes

1m18.967s

1.746s

163

9

Charles Leclerc

Sauber/Ferrari

1m19.118s

1.897s

75

10

Sergey Sirotkin

Williams/Mercedes

1m19.189s

1.968s

105

11

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1m19.464s

2.243s

97

12

Lance Stroll

Williams/Mercedes

1m19.954s

2.733s

27

 

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