Kimi Raikkonen was fastest on the fourth and final day of the first pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Fin was almost point eight of a second faster than the Red Bull of Daniil Kyvat in second and Force India’s reserve driver Alfonso Celis in third.
Once again Mercedes completed the most mileage with Nico Rosberg completing 86 laps and Lewis Hamilton completing 99 laps. Through-out the test Mercedes have on every day completed double the mileage of any other team and over the days when the duo have split the driving Rosberg has had the advantage.
Hamilton told Sky Sports News “I’ve never had a week like this when the car has just kept going on and on on. It’s been physically challenging. It’s been incredible. I’m so proud of my guys.”
He added “After two really successful years it’s really easy to drop the ball and been chilled but everyone has worked even harder than before – which we thought was impossible.”
Raikkonen set the fastest time during the morning session on the ultra-soft tyres but it was slower than the fastest time set on day two by this team-mate Sebastian Vettel. It was once again a difficult day for McLaren who only managed three laps from Fernando Alonso.
McLaren had been trying to recover time they lost yesterday after a hydraulic leak for Jenson Button had cut their running short.
Renault’s difficulties earlier this week seems to have been solved which allowed Kevin Magnussen to complete the most laps today on his way to fourth place. However, Renault’s gremlins did go away with the car stopping on track late in the afternoon. Behind Magnussen were the Toro Rosso Max Verstappen and Felipe Nasr in the 2015 Sauber with both completing over 100 laps.
On Tuesday when the second test starts Sauber will have their new car the C35.
Haas attempted to complete a race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez but were stopped in their tracks by first a red flag for Manor’s Rio Haryanto and then their own VF-16 stopped out on track. Haryanto who spun into the barriers at turn five.
Final day of testing times and laps
- Kimi Raikkonen 1:23.477 80 laps
- Daniil Kvyat 1:24.293 96 laps
- Alfonso Celis1:24.840 75 laps
- Kevin Magnussen 1:25.263 153 laps
- Max Verstappen1:25.393 110 laps
- Felipe Nasr 1:25.874 121 laps
- Nico Rosberg1:26.187 86 laps
- Lewis Hamilton1:26.295 99 laps
- Felipe Massa 1:26.483 54 laps
- Esteban Gutierrez 1:27.802 89 laps
- Rio Haryanto 1:28.266 51 laps
- Fernando AlonsoNo time 3 laps