The first Formula 1 pre-season testing session has reached the final of the four days during which the teams have had the possibility to test the new cars for the 2017 F1 season and continue their development process ahead of what should be a very interesting and exciting championship. Scuderia Ferrari has made a strong and solid start during the first three days at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, as the Italian team finished in the top two every time and managed to complete more than 100 laps each day. Kimi Raikkonen will once again be at the wheel of the SF70H and will run the car on the track as much as possible, with different tyres and settings, in order to gather as much useful information for the Maranello team.
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19:00 That’s it! The fourth day of the first pre-season testing session has come to an end, as Kimi Raikkonen once again takes Scuderia Ferrari to the top of the table. 93 Laps completed by Kimi and a fastest lap of 1:20.872
18:52 Kimi is back on the track for the last few minutes, as Grosjean moves us to P4 with the Supersoft. Good news for the Ferrari-powered engine.
18:46 Antonio Giovinazzi, Ferrari’s third driver, takes Sauber to fourth place with a 1:22.401
18:40 Kimi puts on a new set of soft tyres and manages to improve the fastest lap of the day to 1:20.872.
18:30 Raikkonen, Grosjean and Giovinazzi head back to the track.
18:00 The Scuderia Ferrari driver improves once again, this time with a 1:21.263
17:56 Kimi joins the actions and takes first place! Fastest lap is now a 1:21.324.
17:50 Just over one hour to go and everybody is in the pits.
17:39 Sergio Perez, meanwhile, is up to third for Force India with a 1:22.534.
17:34 Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) takes P1 with a lap time of 1:21.839 on the Soft compound.
17:29 Supersoft tyres for the Force India, as Sergio Perez goes second, behind Kimi.
17:24 Kimi is back on the track.
17:11 Giovinazzi (Sauber) and Palmer (Renault) are currently on the track.
17:03 The Renault is seen for the first time this afternoon. Jolyon Palmer has taken over from Nico Hulkenberg.
16:52 Bottas and Verstappen currently lapping in the 1:23’s.
16:50 Bottas takes fourth place with a lap time of 1:23.590, using the Supersoft tyre.
16:38 Kimi is back on the track and sets a time lap of 1:24.6 followed by a 1:24.7 for Stoffel Vandoorne in the McLaren.
16:30 An out lap and in lap for Kimi.
16:27 Bottas down to a 1:24.385 now.
16:21 1:24.850 for the Mercedes driver, who is now on the soft tyre.
16:18 McLaren are out of the pits for the first time in the afternoon.
16:16 Bottas still the only man on the circuit at the moment, as his best time of the afternoon is now a 1:34.553.
16:14 Valtteri Bottas is back out for Mercedes, using the intermediates on his W08.
16:04 Only Sergio Perez is currently on the track.
15:52 Toro Rosso have completed only one lap today, which means that McLaren are now no longer bottom of the charts for laps completed per team.
15:43 The Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is coming out for the first time in this afternoon session.
15:35 Giovinazzi pits, Grosjean and Bottas remain on the circuit.
15:26 Romain Grosjean and Antonio Giovinazzi are out on track.
15:12 Air temperature is 18 degrees, but it’s very sunny and the track is at 35 degrees. That will dry out the track quicker than this morning.
15:00 The afternoon session begins! Bottas is the first out on the track.
14:00 Kimi Raikkonen ends the morning session fastest over Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne!
13:58 Grosjean puts on the super soft tyre, which takes him 0.434 of a second away from Raikkonen’s time.
13:49 A 1:22.305 for the Finn now, as Valtteri Bottas is out on track in a delayed morning for Mercedes. He’s done an installation lap.
13:44 Kimi takes back P1 with an impressive 1:22.662. He’s 1.6 seconds faster than Vandoorne, who also improves.
13:34 The Force India takes P1 thanks to a 1:24.893 lap from Sergio Perez.
13:27 Hulkenberg and Perez are the only drivers on the track.
13:16 Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that Mercedes will not be taking part in today’s session due to the electrical problem.
13:05 The Finn now pits, leaving just Hulkenberg on the track. 38 laps completed so far for Kimi.
13:01 Track conditions are constantly improving and so is Kimi – 1:25.707
12:57 Kimi is down to a 1:25.939 now, 3.9 seconds faster than Verstappen.
12:50 Kimi is back on the track, joining only Hulkenberg. The Ferrari driver is using slick tyres on the drying track.
12:33 1:32.026 for Kimi still on intermediates, but Verstappen takes first place with a lap time of 1:29.867
12:26 Grosjean improves to 1:32.946. Kimi is also back in action.
12:05 Kimi pits. Only Giovinazzi and Grosjean are currently on the circuit.
12:00 The artificially wet track is quickly becoming more damp than soaking.
11:52 Kimi improves once again with purple first and second sectors. The fastest time is now a 1:36.041.
11:50 Kimi Raikkonen takes P1! 1:36.041 his lap time with the intermediate tyre
11:49 Electrical problems are keeping Mercedes in the garage for the first time this week, while Verstappen is up to 25 laps.
11:35 Nico Hulkenberg has now joined Max Verstappen in the 1:30s, with the new Renault driver 0.9s off the pace. He moves up to second place with that time.
11:32 Mercedes and Force India have no appearance on the circuit so far. Williams have confirmed that they will not be running today at all as a result of the chassis damage on the Williams FW40 from Stroll’s crash yesterday.
11:26 Verstappen’s first lap is a 1:38.286, showing that the track is drying out. Grosjean pits.
11:20 Verstappen is back on the track and setting personal best times on the intermediate tyres. Kimi Raikkonen and Grosjean are also out.
11:11 Pirelli have confirmed that they are not planing to send the trucks out again, the circuit will be allowed to dry out.
11:07 All drivers are in the pits at the moment. The circuit should be soaked again soon if Pirelli wants to continue testing the wet tyres.
11.00 Hulkenberg (Renault) sets a lap time of 1:42.243 on his first proper run of the day and then improves to 1:41.170
10:56 The track is drying up slightly, but drivers still seem to be sliding about on the standing water.
10:49 Vandoorne is the only driver currently on track, with a personal best of 1:41.826
10:45 Verstappen improves to 1:40.357 to take first place. Kimi in the pits after completing nine laps
10:36 Kimi is on the full wet tyres and sets a time two tenths faster than Verstappen’s lap.
10:28 Verstappen and Vandoorne are now using the intermediate tyres.
10:25 Vandoorne sets a 1:43.402. Verstappen improves to 1:41.706
10:16 Vandoorne is back out for McLaren.
10:12 Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg are seen for the first time today. For the moment, only Verstappen has completed more than the installation lap.
10:07 Kimi Raikkonen has explored the circuit for one lap. Giovinazzi (testing for Sauber) is also on track now.
10:05 Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) is out to assess the conditions.
9:54 Driver line-up for today’s test:
Scuderia Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen
Mercedes – Lewis Hamilton (AM) & Valtteri Bottas (PM)
Red Bull Racing – Max Verstappen
Force India – Sergio Perez & Esteban Ocon
Williams – Lance Stroll
McLaren – Stoffel Vandoorne
Toro Rosso – Daniil Kvyat & Carlos Sainz
Haas – Romain Grosjean
Renault – Nico Hulkenberg & Jolyon Palmer
Sauber – Marcus Ericsson & Antonio Giovinazzi
Teams can change their minds, though!
09:51 2017 wet tyres (on the left). On the right, the 2016 version.
09:48 Good morning from Barcelona! It is going to be a wet start to the final day. It hasn’t rained, but tanker trucks of water have been used to soak the track so the teams can evaluate Pirelli’s new (and hopefully improved) wet tyre.