Test a Barcellona, Kimi chiude in testa–25/02/2016
Kimi Raikkonen tops final day of first 2016 Barcelona F1 test
Kimi Raikkonen topped the timesheets for Ferrari on the final day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona, while Mercedes clocked up an impressive 185 laps.
Raikkonen bolted on a set of the ultra-soft tyres and set a 1m23.477s just before lunch to lead the way.
It was the third day out of four that a Ferrari topped the times, with the Finn finishing 0.816s clear of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat who set his time on the same compound.
Mercedes, running its new nose, split running between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who logged 99 and 86 laps respectively.
Both drivers did all of their running on the medium tyre with Rosberg seventh, just over one tenth ahead of Hamilton in eighth.
It was not such a successful day for McLaren-Honda, which suffered a coolant leak early in the morning.
The team was unable to get car back out, leaving Fernando Alonso to end the day with only three laps under his belt and not having set a time.
A late run on the super-softs catapulted Force India development driver Alfonso Celis to third, 1.363s off the pace, on his second day in the car this week.
Kevin Magnussen made up for a lack of running for his team-mate Jolyon Palmer earlier in the week with the day’s highest individual tally of 153 laps and the third quickest time.
The Dane brought out the red flag when he stopped out on track in the final quarter of an hour.
Max Verstappen ended another solid day for Toro Rosso fifth, adding 106 laps to the 161 his team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr managed on Wednesday.
Sauber was busy, too, with Felipe Nasr doing over 100 laps in the 2015-spec car and achieving the sixth fastest time with a soft-tyre run.
Haas completed a race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez as it continued its maiden F1 test. The Mexican finished 10th quickest.
Rookie Rio Haryanto was responsible for a red flag when he crashed at Turn 5 during the afternoon and did not return to the track.
The Indonesian, who logged 51 laps, propped up the timesheets with a 1m28.266s on the softs.
|2||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m24.293s||0.816s||96|
|3||Alfonso Celis||Force India/Mercedes||1m24.840s||1.363s||75|
|5||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m25.393s||1.916s||110|
Ferrari had hoped for higher mileage in first F1 test – Raikkonen
Ferrari did not complete as many laps as it had hoped during the first pre-season Formula 1 test at Barcelona, where Mercedes almost doubled the Italian team’s mileage.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen topped three of the four days between them, ending the week first and third respectively on the combined times.
However, Ferrari’s 353 laps of the Barcelona circuit fell well short of the 675 achieved by Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
"We would have liked more laps but that’s part of testing," said Raikkonen, who was fastest on day four following a run on the new ultra-soft tyres.
"With a new car, there are certain things you need to try and test.
"You have to accept you have to check things and it takes time. It’s better to do that.
"If there are some issues or some things to change, it’s up to us to push so we are in the right position when we start racing."
Raikkonen lost the majority of his first morning of running in the new SF16-H while Ferrari carried out fuel system checks, and while Mercedes has already tried several key new parts on its W07, Ferrari’s test programme is still in its "early days".
"We haven’t really done an awful lot of set-up work but the baseline is normal," said Raikkonen.
"It’s where we want it to be, and I’m sure we can improve it some more.
"There are a lot of things to try at test two but the car is definitely a step up from what we had last year."
NUMBER OF LAPS COMPLETED IN TEST
Toro Rosso 447
Red Bull 369
Force India 333