Raikkonen keeps Ferrari on top in Barcelona

Tom Howard

Saturday 11th March, 2017 - 7:39am

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Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari ended Formula 1’s final pre-season test on top courtesy of a blistering time from Kimi Raikkonen.

After topping the penultimate day, Raikkonen kept the Maranello team at the head of the time sheets with the Finn posting the fastest time of the entire eight days of pre-season testing.

Raikkonen was the only man to dip into the 1:18s bracket as he clocked a 1:18.634s on the soft compound tyres, which was 0.6s faster than Sebastian Vettel’s best effort yesterday.

It wasn’t a trouble free day for Ferrari as Raikkonen caused a stoppage when his SF70H spun at the final chicane.

Red Bull emerged as the Italian team’s nearest rivals with Max Verstappen 0.8s adrift of Raikkonen on the same compound tyres.

Toro Rosso ended up third following Carlos Sainz’s effort on ultra-soft tyres although his day was punctuated by coming to a halt on the start/finish straight in the final hour.

The soft tyre shod Valtteri Bottas edged Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to fourth by 0.005s.

Hamilton took over the running of the car for the afternoon with the Brit enjoying runs on the ultra-soft tyre.

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India), Jolyon Palmer (Renault), Lance Stroll (Williams) and Romain Grosjean (Haas F1) rounded out the top 10.

McLaren were once again struck by electrical problems that restricted Fernando Alonso to 43 laps in the MCL32.

Sauber propped up the time sheets with Marcus Ericsson heading team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

The field will now head to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix from March 23-26.

Result: Formula 1 Second Pre-Season Test Day 4, Barcelona

Position Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.634s 111
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m19.438s 0.804s 71
3 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m19.837s 1.203s 132
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m19.845s 1.211s 53
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.850s 1.216s 54
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m19.885s 1.251s 45
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m20.116s 1.482s 128
8 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m20.205s 1.571s 43
9 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m20.335s 1.701s 132
10 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m21.110s 2.476s 76
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.389s 2.755s 43
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m21.670s 3.036s 59
13 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m23.527s 4.893s 42