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Test a Barcellona–08/03/2017


F1 testing: Bottas fastest on Wednesday as Raikkonen crashes

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas ended the second day of the final Formula 1 pre-season test at Barcelona on top, as Kimi Raikkonen crashed the new Ferrari.

Bottas set the fastest time of the winter so far on Wednesday morning, a 1m19.310s on super-soft tyres, and this proved enough to keep the Finn on top at the end of the day.

Lewis Hamilton took over driving duties in the Mercedes W08 after the lunch break, and recorded a best time of 1m20.782s on softs, 1.392 seconds off the pace.

That put the three-time champion only sixth on the leaderboard, although he completed 79 laps, including a 20-lap stint on ultra-softs, giving Mercedes a total of 149 for the day.

Felipe Massa remained second for Williams by virtue of his morning time, ahead of Raikkonen, who caused the second red flag of the test when he spun and hit the barriers at Turn 3 just under two hours into the afternoon.

The impact damaged the front and the left side of the Ferrari SF70H, and prevented Raikkonen from running again for the rest of the day. He only managed 53 laps.

There was another red flag when Max Verstappen came to a stop at Turn 12 towards the end of a race simulation with 20 minutes left on the clock.

Despite his stoppage, the Dutchman ended up with 102 laps to his credit, more than any other driver, with his morning time proving enough to keep him fourth in the order.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll took over from Massa during the lunchbreak and set the best time in a smooth afternoon, after an incident-strewn first week.

The young Canadian logged 59 laps, recording a best effort of 1m20.579s on super-soft tyres to beat Hamilton by just over a tenth.

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India) and Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso) stayed seventh, eighth and ninth with their morning times, while Romain Grosjean (Haas) completed the top 10 with a best time just 0.015s shy of Sainz.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso failed to improve on his morning time, and ended the day in 12th, between Sauber duo Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson, with 46 laps completed.

Ericsson caused a third and final stoppage just moments after Verstappen’s car had been recovered, as he came to a halt at Turn 7.

Jolyon Palmer, taking over from Renault team-mate Hulkenberg in the afternoon, completed the leaderboard in 14th, some 5.4s off the pace.

WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:

WEDNESDAY TEST TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.310s 70
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m19.420s 0.110s 63
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.406s 1.096s 53
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.432s 1.122s 102
5 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.579s 1.269s 59
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.702s 1.392s 79
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m21.213s 1.903s 61
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m21.297s 1.987s 100
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m21.872s 2.562s 92
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.887s 2.577s 96
11 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.000s 3.690s 59
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m23.041s 3.731s 46
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.384s 4.074s 47
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.774s 5.464s 29
 

Test a Barcellona–02/03/2017


F1 testing 2017: Ferrari’s Raikkonen leads final day of first test

Ferrari topped the final day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test of 2017, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

On a day disrupted by the Barcelona track being artificially watered overnight and again at lunchtime, the window for useful running was reduced.

Very few teams made use of the wet track after lunch, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas one of the few drivers to complete many laps before it was dry enough for slicks.

Verstappen spent a rare spell at the top of the times when he beat Raikkonen’s morning benchmark in the middle of the afternoon, but the Ferrari driver then twice went faster on soft tyres to end the day.

In the end, Raikkonen’s 1m20.872s was 0.897 seconds clear of the Red Bull.

Mercedes was only eighth on the first day of pre-season that didn’t seem to go smoothly for the world champion team.

Lewis Hamilton didn’t get any running in the morning as Mercedes said it was working to fix an electrical fault, so by the time the car was ready shortly before lunch – when the track had dried – Bottas was sent out ahead of schedule to get a handful of laps under his belt.

While the Finn ended the day with 68 laps, Mercedes also called time on its running early, after engineers "found something in the data they didn’t like" in the final hour.

Jolyon Palmer improved late on in the Renault – which he took over from Nico Hulkenberg for the afternoon – to jump up to third on softs.

Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi – two of the busier drivers in the wet morning running for Haas and Sauber respectively – leapt up to fourth and fifth late on.

Giovinazzi briefly ran fourth following a series of ultra-soft runs, but he was bumped down a place when Grosjean took super-softs in the final 15 minutes of a day where he completed 118 laps.

Sergio Perez had got himself up to third with a super-soft run mid-afternoon, getting several laps at a decent pace out of the 2017-spec tyres that are designed to be more durable than their predecessors, but other teams’ improvements pushed him back to sixth by the chequered flag.

Seventh place was filled by the McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, which used ultra-softs again to go fractionally faster than team-mate Fernando Alonso managed on the same tyre on Wednesday.

At the bottom of the order, Toro Rosso had a day to forget, only completing one lap first thing in the morning with Daniil Kvyat.

The team then opted to change its Renault engine, with the target of giving both Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr some running in the afternoon, but the STR12 never made it out of the garage.

Williams was unable to run at all on the final day, owing to damage sustained on Wednesday when rookie Lance Stroll crashed the FW40.

The second pre-season test at Barcelona starts on Tuesday, March 7.

DAY 4 TESTING RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.872s 93
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m21.769s 0.897s 85
3 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m21.778s 0.906s 39
4 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m22.309s 1.437s 118
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m22.401s 1.529s 84
6 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m22.534s 1.662s 82
7 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m22.576s 1.704s 67
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m23.443s 2.571s 68
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m24.974s 4.102s 51
10 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1

Da Autosport.com


Kimi conclude il primo round di prove

Buon lavoro del team, vedremo che succede”

Montmelo – La prima sessione di test invernali si è conclusa. In quattro giorni i piloti della Scuderia Ferrari hanno percorso in tutto, con la SF70H, 468 giri del Circuit de Catalunya, pari a 2178,4 Km. 267 per Seb Vettel, 201 per Kimi Raikkonen, che oggi ha avuto modo di provare anche le gomme da bagnato sul circuito allagato con le autobotti.

“Anno nuovo, macchina nuova e regole nuove” è il sunto di Kimi. “E proprio queste regole sono determinanti per il feeling che si ha alla guida, perché si va molto più forte di prima: una combinazione di pneumatici e vettura. Quello che posso dire è che il team ha lavorato molto bene durante l’inverno. Se poi questo possa bastare, per il momento non lo sappiamo. Non ho guardato quello che facevano le altre squadre e i tempi sul giro, in questa fase, non contano niente. La mia sensazione è che abbiamo imparato qualche lezione dallo scorso anno e che, finora, non ci sia da lamentarsi per come sono andate queste prove. Ma prima di Melbourne c’è un’altra settimana di test e abbiamo ancora tanto lavoro davanti a noi. Più o meno tutti gli anni si sa dove si vuole arrivare, ma a volte va tutto liscio e in altri anni meno”.

Da Ferrari.com


Ferrari F1 team has learned from past few years – Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari has learned from recent Formula 1 campaigns, as it looks to keep a lid on expectations following a strong start to 2017 testing.

Ferrari struggled in the first year of F1’s turbo-hybrid engines but made serious inroads in 2015 to win three races with Sebastian Vettel.

That prompted Ferrari to declare it was targeting the championship last year, but it finished the campaign winless and not only failed to challenge Mercedes but was also overhauled by Red Bull.

It stayed quiet in launching its 2017 challenger, which performed well in the first pre-season test, and even though Raikkonen topped two of the four days, he feels it is wrong to look too far ahead.

"We are pretty optimistic every year, but then how it turns out at the end of the year is hard to say," he said.

"I think we learned our lessons from the past years.

"The team has done a good job over the winter and if it’s good enough we will see during the year.

"So far it’s been a good feeling, so we can’t complain too much.

"Compared to last year it feels a lot better, but it’s because of the rules.

"We have been doing our own stuff and we are happy with how things are going."

Raikkonen’s team-mate Vettel was second-fastest on each of his two days in the new car, as the Ferrari pair split Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton in the combined order.

The Finn won the 2007 world championship with Ferrari but is yet to win a race since rejoining the team from Lotus at the start of ’14.

Asked if the SF70H was the best Ferrari he has driven, Raikkonen stressed that the new-for-2017 regulations with beefed up aerodynamics and wider tyres made it impossible to make direct comparisons.

"Rules changes are a big part on how the cars feel and how fast they are, but you cannot compare between the years because the car has to feel better with the rule changes," he said.

"But is that going to be good enough to fight for the championship, we will see during the year.

"We are happy so far about how testing has been going."

Da Autosport.com


Test a Barcellona, Kimi davanti a tutti–28/02/2017


Kimi Raikkonen leads Barcelona Formula 1 testing for Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen led the second day of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, putting Ferrari just 0.023 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes.

Using soft compound tyres, Raikkonen set a best time of 1m20.960s just over an hour into Tuesday afternoon’s running – narrowly bettering Hamilton’s session-topping morning effort of 1m20.983s, which was set using super-softs.

Hamilton’s effort was still good enough to finish the day second overall, with Valtteri Bottas taking over driving duties for Mercedes for the afternoon.

The Finnish driver’s prime focus was on completing a race simulation, his best lap of 1m22.986s only ending up seventh on the leaderboard.

Despite a lurid sideways moment at Turn 9, Bottas managed to rack up 102 laps in the W08, running with the double T-wing trialled this morning by Hamilton for much of the afternoon.

That left Mercedes with a combined total of 168 laps for the day.

Max Verstappen gave Red Bull the third best time of the day, a 1m22.600s, on soft tyres, four thousandths ahead of the Haas of Kevin Magnussen, running on super-softs.

On his second full day of running, Magnussen completed a total of 119 laps, with Raikkonen the only other man to break into three figures with 108 laps on the board.

Esteban Ocon was fifth for Force India on super-softs, ahead of Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso on softs, Bottas and the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, which completed 53 laps after managing just an installation lap in the morning.

Antonio Giovinazzi, who was ninth fastest, also managed to log 67 laps in the Sauber after an engine problem robbed him of much of the morning session.

Besides Lance Stroll, who sat out the afternoon after his spin during the morning session caused damage Williams needed extra parts to repair, the slowest man of the day was McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Belgian made his first on-track appearance of the afternoon with just over two hours to go, after McLaren spent the best part of five hours replacing the MCL32’s power unit, but only managed a further 11 laps on top of the 29 he did in the morning.

Vandoorne’s best time was a 1m25.600s, set on soft tyres, which left him 4.640s off the pace.

DAY 2 RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.960s 108
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.983s 0.023s 66
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m22.200s 1.240s 89
4 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m22.204s 1.244s 118
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m22.509s 1.549s 86
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m22.956s 1.996s 68
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m22.986s 2.026s 102
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m24.139s 3.179s 53
9 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m24.617s 3.657s 67
10 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m25.600s 4.640s 40
11 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m26.040s 5.080s 12

Da Autosport.com

 


Ecco la SF70-H–24/02/2017


Ferrari SF70H: presentata la nuova monoposto del Cavallino

La Ferrari ha presentato la nuova Ferrari SF70H, la monoposto con cui disputerà il mondiale 2017 di Formula 1. La vettura è stata svelata in diretta web da un garage della pista di Fiorano dai piloti Sebastian Vettel e Kimi Raikkonen.
Nome in codice 668 la vettura celebra i 70 anni della Ferrari. Il design risente ovviamente delle modifiche al regolamento con l’adozione dell’ala anteriore a freccia, l’ala posteriore di dimensioni maggiori e gli pneumatici Pirelli maggiorati. La vettura vista oggi, a passo “corto”, potrebbe di fatto già essere abbandonata per le prime gare europee: i tecnici Ferrari starebbero infatti lavorando già ad una versione B, profondamente rivista nell’aerodinamica.

Il muso non sembra cambiato molto rispetto al 2016 mentre è stata adottata la pinna sul cofano motore.

I tecnici, coscienti di un livello aerodinamico non ancora all’altezza della Mercedes, hanno spremuto al massimo la power unit V6 turbo ibrida, ottenendo un incremento di potenza senza sacrificare l’affidabilità.

Da F1Grandprix.it


La “Ferrari della Ferrari” copre i 100 Km del filming day a Fiorano

Maranello – Il numero richiama i settant’anni di storia di quello che, nel mondo dell’automobile, è qualcosa di più di un marchio. Le lettere della sigla indicano semplicemente la Scuderia Ferrari e la propulsione ibrida (Hybrid). Il tricolore italiano è ben visibile sulla “vela” del cofano motore, con un look che richiama gli anni ‘70. La Ferrari SF70H destinata al mondiale Formula 1 ha mosso i primi passi oggi, sullo storico circuito di Fiorano, mettendo assieme nello stesso giorno presentazione, collaudo funzionale e “filming day” per le esigenze commerciali. I 56mila pezzi che la compongono sono il frutto del lavoro e dell’impegno collettivo di oltre mille donne e uomini della Gestione Sportiva, attraverso una gestazione durata dodici mesi. Una vettura anche visibilmente diversa dalle monoposto degli ultimi anni, perché diversi sono i contenuti regolamentari, che nel 2017 pongono l’accento soprattutto sull’incremento delle prestazioni.

La saracinesca del box di Fiorano – allestito per l’occasione con un look tutto diverso – si è alzata alle 9,45, sotto gli occhi del Presidente e AD del Cavallino Sergio Marchionne, del team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, del direttore tecnico Mattia Binotto, dei piloti Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel e Antonio Giovinazzi, e di tutti i dipendenti che seguivano la presentazione dalla vicina sede di Maranello. Dopo la preparazione di routine, la monoposto è uscita dal box alle 11,20 ora italiana, equipaggiata con pneumatici “Demo” destinati ai filming day, vale a dire con le stesse misure “maggiorate” delle gomme di quest’anno, ma mescole diverse. Una visione rara, quella di una monoposto dell’anno in corso sulla pista di casa della Ferrari: i regolamenti attuali non permettono più di svolgere prove nel corso della stagione, se non quelle collettive. Fanno eccezione, appunto, i 100 Km consentiti per la giornata promozionale, che Raikkonen prima e Vettel poi hanno sfruttato nel corso della giornata, dividendosi in parti uguali la distanza massima fissata dalle regole, nonostante la pioggia che ha ritardato alle 15,40 la prima uscita di Sebastian.

A fine giornata, a tutti i dipendenti è stata data l’opportunità di vedere la SF70H da vicino, prima che la monoposto venisse imballata per essere spedita al Circuit de Catalunya, dove da lunedì 27 inizierà la prima di due sessioni di test invernali, della durata di quattro giorni ciascuna. Vettel ha in programma di guidare lunedì e mercoledì, Raikkonen si alternerà a lui martedì e giovedì. Le prove riprenderanno poi martedì 7 marzo.

Da Ferrari.com


Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene: “La SF70H è frutto del lavoro di tutto il team”

In un’intervista rilasciata ai canali ufficiali Ferrari, Maurizio Arrivabene ha raccontato le prime emozioni, le sensazioni provate durante la presentazione della nuova SF70H, la vettura con cui il team di Maranello cercherà quest’anno di conquistare quel titolo che ormai non vince da 10 lunghi anni. Per Arrivabene il lancio ufficiale della nuova Rossa è stato “Una grande emozione, la stessa che si ha ogni qual volta si scopre una nuova Ferrari sia che si tratti di una vettura stradale sia di una Formula 1″. Il team principal, inoltre, ha specificato come il risultato finale della vettura sia frutto di un grande lavoro e della professionalità di tutto il team.

Da F1Grandprix.it



Test Pirelli a Barcellona–06/09/2016


Ferrari riprende il lavoro sulle gomme 2017 con Raikkonen

Dopo essere scesa in pista per la prima volta nel mese di agosto, continua il lavoro della Ferrari nei test per provare le gomme 2017. La Pirelli, infatti, per arrivare preparata al nuovo cambio di regolamento, ha ricevuto l’approvazione della FIA per mettere in pista i propri pneumatici già durante questa stagione in collaborazione con i team di Formula 1.

La Rossa aveva già provato gli pneumatici della prossima stagione quando era scesa in pista a Fiorano i primi di agosto, ma in quella occasione il lavoro era concentrato soprattutto sulle gomme da bagnato.

Dopo un mese di pausa, il team di Maranello e la Pirelli sono tornati nuovamente in pista nella giornata di oggi, questa volta sul circuito spagnolo di Barcellona, provando, a differenza dell’ultima volta, esclusivamente gomme slick. Al volante della SF15-T modificata, che non presentava differenze aerodinamiche rispetto al test di agosto, vi era Kimi Raikkonen: per il finlandese questa è stata la prima volta con le gomme 2017, in quanto a Fiorano a prendere il suo posto era stato Esteban Gutierrez.

Per il campione del mondo 2007 è stata sicuramente una giornata produttiva: 111 giri in totale, 46 nella mattinata e 65 nel pomeriggio. Il programma prevedeva, dopo le consuete correzioni di assetto, un test su gomme da asciutto di mescola Medium.

Domani Raikkonen lascerà spazio al proprio compagno di squadra, Sebastian Vettel, per la seconda ed ultima giornata di test di questa sessione.

Da F1Grandprix.it


Test a Silverstone–13/07/2016


F1 Silverstone test: Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari on second day

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded the year’s final in-season Formula 1 test with the quickest time of the second day at Silverstone.

Raikkonen posted his best lap of his 103 with 50 minutes remaining, clocking a 1m30.665s on the soft tyre, 0.216 seconds faster than his qualifying time for last weekend’s British Grand Prix.

The Finn’s time was also six tenths up on the best from day one set by Fernando Alonso in his McLaren.

For the second successive day Mercedes development driver Esteban Ocon had to settle for second, finishing 0.547s down on Raikkonen.

And for the second successive day, Ocon also racked up the most laps, following up his 123 on day one with 139 on day two.

Pierre Gasly enjoyed a better day in the Red Bull after difficulties on Tuesday when cabling had to be replaced inside the car, restricting him to just seven laps in the morning before rain arrived.

The new GP2 race winner managed 103 laps, with his best a 1:31.429s on soft tyres to finish third on the timesheets.

Force India’s 17-year-old development driver Nikita Mazepin finished 0.896s behind Raikkonen having set his time on super-soft tyres, and 0.203s ahead of McLaren reserve Stoffel Vandoorne, whose best lap from his 114 was run on Pirelli’s soft compound.

Valtteri Bottas was fifth quickest in his Williams, 1.758s behind Raikkonen, completing a late run with the double-decker rear-wing first seen during May’s in-season test at Barcelona.

Bottas was followed by Haas development driver Santino Ferrucci, with Renault’s Jolyon Palmer – primarily running the rule over a new suspension – eighth, 2.643s adrift of Raikkonen.

Palmer stopped on track just after the chequered flag was brought out.

On his F1 debut, Red Bull junior Sergio Sette Camara fared well with Toro Rosso, completing 82 laps and ending up 3.375s off the ultimate pace.

On his third outing for Manor, Jordan King was 10th and 4.395s in arrears, with only Pascal Wehrlein slower in the 2014 Mercedes.

Wehrlein was helping Pirelli assess compounds and structure concepts for its 2017 tyres, completing 128 laps, and with times not a concern as he finished 5.517s down.

DAY TWO TIMES:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m30.665s 103
2 Esteban Ocon Mercedes 1m31.212s 0.547s 139
3 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Renault 1m31.429s 0.764s 103
4 Nikita Mazepin Force India/Mercedes 1m31.561s 0.896s 69
5 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m31.764s 1.099s 114
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m32.423s 1.758s 98
7 Santino Ferrucci Haas/Ferrari 1m33.141s 2.476s 107
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m33.309s 2.644s 98
9 Sergio Sette Camara Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m34.040s 3.375s 82
10 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m35.060s 4.395s 70
11 Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes 1m36.162s 5.497s 128

Da Autosport.com


Ferrari’s troubles not Silverstone-specific admits Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen claims the problems experienced by the team over the course of the British Grand Prix weekend were not specific to Silverstone.

It was suggested after the grand prix, and by team-mate Sebastian Vettel in particular, that while the race was "weak" for the Scuderia, that performance slump was a one-off.

After being handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, Vettel could only manage ninth from 11th on the grid.

Raikkonen started and finished fifth, meaning Ferrari equalled its worst points haul of 2016 by scoring just 12.

During testing on Wednesday at Silverstone, Raikkonen said: "We’re doing normal testing work, all kinds of different things to try and find good things.

"It’s not just specifically we had some aero problem here, and this circuit needs a lot of aero, we’re lacking overall.

"For the next race in Hungary our car should definitely suit that circuit better. Is it good enough to challenge for a win? We’ll see."

Although Raikkonen is third in the drivers’ championship, eight points ahead of Vettel, the Finn has yet to stand on top of the podium since his return to Ferrari in 2014.

Raikkonen is convinced Ferrari can resolve its issues and win again this year, regardless of whether it happens on pure merit or via problems for rivals.

"We always expect more as a team, we want to win, and until we win all the time it’s not ideal," added Raikkonen.

"As Ferrari we expect to win, but this is what we have got, so we’ll keep working and improving.

"We will see what will happen in the second part of the year, and yes we believe we can still win. It doesn’t matter if every car is there or not.

"Who knows what will happen in the races, but we know we’ve work to be done, and for sure there will be circuits where it will be better."

As to whether Ferrari has a chance of either title given the considerable gaps in both championships to Mercedes, Raikkonen added: "We will keep working and improving, and not give up until it’s not possible any more.

"We know where Mercedes is, ahead of everybody right now, but it doesn’t mean we should give up or we’re not working on things. We will try to catch them up."

Da Autosport.com

 


Test a Barcellona, il verdetto–05/03/2016


F1 testing round-up: Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari lead on raw pace

Kimi Raikkonen spearheaded a Ferrari one-two at the end of 2016 pre-season Formula 1 testing, but it was Mercedes that emerged literally miles ahead of its rivals on lap count.

After Vettel led the way at the end of the first test, Raikkonen responded to top the overall timesheet come the conclusion to the second at Barcelona’s Catalunya track.

Like Vettel in test one, Raikkonen’s leading time this week was set on the new-for-2016 ultra-soft compound, which he used to lap in 1m22.765s on day three.

More eye-catching, however, was Vettel using super-softs for his best lap on the final day. The four-time champion finished just 0.087 seconds behind Raikkonen in the week’s overall times, and was comfortably faster than anyone else had been on that compound.

Pirelli estimates there is a 0.5s-0.6s performance gap between the types of rubber, highlighting the impressive nature of Vettel’s run.

But Ferrari will no doubt be anxiously curious as to the true pace of its main rival Mercedes, which at barely any stage showed its hand – barring a blast on a set of soft tyres from Nico Rosberg on day one.

Rosberg’s lap of 1m23.022s was ultimately just 0.257s adrift of Raikkonen, and 0.170s behind Vettel, with Pirelli suggesting a time difference of 0.5s between the super-soft and soft tyres.

But when it comes to reliability, Mercedes was head and shoulders clear of not only Ferrari, but every other team.

To add to the 675 laps from test one, Mercedes amassed a further 619 in test two, amounting to 1790 miles this week, and 3742 over the eight days – the equivalent of 19.6 Spanish Grands Prix.

Toro Rosso was Mercedes’ closest rival on that front, clocking up 602 laps, for 3034 miles over the eight days, while Ferrari’s grand total proved to be 2470 miles, a considerable 1302 miles less than Mercedes.

Rosberg emerged as the lap leader from the second test with 324, and overall with 656, pipping Hamilton by just 18.

Toro Rosso, running with a 2015 Ferrari power unit this season, has every reason to be proud of its performance the past four days as Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr completed 303 and 299 laps respectively.

At the other end of the scale, Esteban Gutierrez managed just 49 as Haas endured a torrid week due to reliability issues, in stark contrast to its solid running in the first test.

McLaren and power unit supplier Honda showed they have moved on from last year’s disastrous test sessions that were the forerunner to one of the worst seasons in the Woking team’s history.

Over eight days at Barcelona in 2015, McLaren managed a paltry 301 laps, but fast forward 12 months and the Anglo-Japanese alliance achieved 710, with 453 in test two alone.

In terms of driver contrasts, there were none greater than at Renault as Kevin Magnussen enjoyed a trouble-free four days to accumulate 509 laps, whereas Jolyon Palmer was plagued by gremlins and totalled only 267.

COMBINED TEST TWO STATS:

Combined best times of week two:

Pos  Driver             Car                   Time       Gap      Tyres
 1.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m22.765s           US
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari               1m22.852s  +0.087s  SS
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m23.022s  +0.257s  S
 4.  Carlos Sainz Jr    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.134s  +0.369s  US
 5.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m23.193s  +0.428s  S
 6.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.229s  +0.464s  US
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m23.251s  +0.486s  US
 8.  Max Verstappen     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.382s  +0.617s  US
 9.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.622s  +0.857s  S
10.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.721s  +0.956s  SS
11.  Kevin Magnussen    Renault               1m23.933s  +1.168s  SS
12.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-TAG          1m24.427s  +1.662s  S
13.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Honda         1m24.714s  +1.949s  US
14.  Fernando Alonso    McLaren-Honda         1m24.735s  +1.970s  S
15.  Felipe Nasr        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.760s  +1.995s  S
16.  Jolyon Palmer      Renault               1m24.859s  +2.094s  SS
17.  Pascal Wehrlein    Manor-Mercedes        1m24.913s  +2.148s  US
18.  Marcus Ericsson    Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.031s  +2.266s  S
19.  Daniil Kvyat       Red Bull-TAG          1m25.049s  +2.284s  S
20.  Romain Grosjean    Haas-Ferrari          1m25.255s  +2.490s  S
21.  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas-Ferrari          1m25.422s  +2.657s  SS
22.  Rio Haryanto       Manor-Mercedes        1m25.899s  +3.134s  US

Total week two mileage per driver:

 1.  Nico Rosberg      937
 2.  Max Verstappen    876
 3.  Carlos Sainz Jr   865
 4.  Lewis Hamilton    853
 5.  Sebastian Vettel  847
 6.  Daniel Ricciardo  746
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg   746
 8.  Felipe Massa      717
 9.  Kevin Magnussen   709
10.  Jenson Button     700
11.  Valtteri Bottas   668
12.  Felipe Nasr       633
13.  Fernando Alonso   610
14.  Kimi Raikkonen    602
15.  Daniil Kvyat      550
16.  Sergio Perez      544
17.  Jolyon Palmer     544
18.  Marcus Ericsson   541
19.  Romain Grosjean   417
20.  Pascal Wehrlein   367
21.  Rio Haryanto      298
22.  Esteban Gutierrez 142

Total week two mileage by team:

 1.  Mercedes     1790
 2.  Toro Rosso   1741
 3.  Ferrari      1449
 4.  Williams     1385
 5.  McLaren      1310
 6.  Red Bull     1296
 7.  Force India  1290
 8.  Renault      1252
 9.  Sauber       1174
10.  Manor        665
11.  Haas         558

Total week two mileage by engine:

 1.  Mercedes      5131
 2.  Ferrari 2016  3182
 3.  Renault/TAG   2548
 4.  Ferrari 2015  1741
 5.  Honda         1310

COMBINED OVERALL WINTER TESTING STATS

Combined fastest times of winter testing:

Pos  Driver             Car                   Time       Gap      Tyres
 1.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m22.765s           US
 2.  Sebastian Vettel   Ferrari               1m22.810s  +0.045s  US
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m23.022s  +0.257s  S
 4.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m23.110s  +0.345s  SS
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.134s  +0.369s  US
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m23.193s  +0.428s  S
 7.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m23.229s  +0.464s  SS
 8.  Max Verstappen     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m23.382s  +0.617s  US
 9.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-TAG          1m23.525s  +0.760s  US
10.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m23.622s  +0.857s  S
11.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m23.650s  +0.885s  SS
12.  Kevin Magnussen    Renault               1m23.933s  +1.168s  SS
13.  Daniil Kvyat       Red Bull-TAG          1m24.293s  +1.528s  US
14.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Honda         1m24.714s  +1.949s  US
15.  Fernando Alonso    McLaren-Honda         1m24.735s  +1.970s  S
16.  Felipe Nasr        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.760s  +1.995s  S
17.  Alfonso Celis Jr   Force India-Mercedes  1m24.840s  +2.075s  SS
18.  Jolyon Palmer      Renault               1m24.859s  +2.094s  SS
19.  Pascal Wehrlein    Manor-Mercedes        1m24.913s  +2.148s  US
20.  Marcus Ericsson    Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.031s  +2.266s  S
21.  Romain Grosjean    Haas-Ferrari          1m25.255s  +2.490s  S
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas-Ferrari          1m25.422s  +2.657s  SS
23.  Rio Haryanto       Manor-Mercedes        1m25.899s  +3.134s  US

Total winter testing mileage by driver:

 1.  Nico Rosberg       1897
 2.  Lewis Hamilton     1845
 3.  Max Verstappen     1545
 4.  Carlos Sainz Jr    1490
 5.  Kevin Magnussen    1472
 6.  Sebastian Vettel   1412
 7.  Daniel Ricciardo   1322
 8.  Felipe Nasr        1316
 9.  Valtteri Bottas    1287
10.  Felipe Massa       1189
11.  Marcus Ericsson    1108
12.  Jenson Button      1090
13.  Kimi Raikkonen     1059
14.  Daniil Kvyat       1041
15.  Nico Hulkenberg    1033
16.  Fernando Alonso    963
17.  Sergio Perez       836
18.  Jolyon Palmer      772
19.  Romain Grosjean    743
20.  Pascal Wehrlein    729
21.  Rio Haryanto       671
22.  Esteban Gutierrez  628
23.  Alfonso Celis Jr   385

Total winter testing mileage by team:

 1.  Mercedes      3743
 2.  Toro Rosso    3034
 3.  Williams      2476
 4.  Ferrari       2470
 5.  Sauber total  2424*
 6.  Red Bull      2363
 7.  Force India   2253
 8.  Renault       2245
 9.  McLaren       2054
10.  Manor         1400
11.  Haas          1371
12.  Sauber 2016   1174*

* Sauber only ran its 2016 car in week two

Total winter testing mileage by engine:

 1.  Mercedes      9872
 2.  Ferrari 2016  5016
 3.  Renault/TAG   4608
 4.  Ferrari 2015  4284
 5.  Honda         2054

Da Autosport.com