Scuderia Ferrari is ready to complete the second Formula 1 pre-season testing session, as Kimi Raikkonen will return to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, on Friday, for the last day of what has been a very productive and efficient testing programme for the Maranello team. On Thursday Sebastian Vettel managed to keep once again hold of the fastest time while also topping the lap count to ensure Scuderia Ferrari set the marker to beat. The Italian team seemed to have a strong race simulation pace, as the German driver completed 150 laps to top yesterday’s lap count. Kimi Raikkonen will now finalize preparations ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
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17:33 The Ferrari team are now on site with Raikkonen’s broken car. It’s stopped on the middle of the track so the assumption has to be a mechanical breakdown
17:30 Red flag. Kimi has stopped on track!
17:22 Kimi has just done a stint on the medium tyres – 1:24.0, 1:24.5, 1:23.6, 1:24.1, 1:24.0, 1:24.0, 1:24.1, 1:23.7, 1:23.9 and 1:23.8.
17:18 Still on the ultra softs, Grosjean sets a new best personal time, a 1:21.110.
17:03 Kimi Raikkonen’s stint on the soft compound: 1:25.9, 1:24.1, 1:24.8, 1:24.7, 1:24.7, 1:24.6, 1:25.0, 1:24.7, 1:24.7 and 1:24.1.
16:53 Palmer goes up to ninth with a time of 1:21.211 on the softs.
16:48 Alonso sets his best time of the day, a 1:22.421 on the super soft tyre.
16:42 Kimi’s lap times (on supersofts):
1:24.510; 1:24.724; 1:25.040; 1:26.925; 1:25.455; 1:25.581; 1:25.647; 1:25.588; 1:25.594; 1:25.942; 1:26.059; 1:26.106; 1:25.786; 1:25.946; 1:26.680; 1:27.616; PITS
16:32 Lewis Hamilton is running on the ultra soft compound and has set a new personal best – 1:20.199.
16:23 Kimi on a long run. His time laps so far: 1:24.510; 1:24.724; 1:25.040; 1:26.925; 1:25.455; 1:25.581
16:12 Jolyon Palmer is out getting to grips with the RS17 on the final day of testing.
15:59 Carlo Sainz also on track now for Toro Rosso
15:55 Sergio Perez has been running on the super soft compound: 1:25.2, 1:24.7, 1:25.1, 1:25.2, 1:25.5, 1:26.6, 1:26.9, 1:26.8, 1:27.2 and 1:27.2.
15:44 Sergio Perez is currently the only car on the track.
15:21 Perez exits the pits and is back out on track.
15:00 Four hours of track running to go in Winter Testing!
14:00 That’s it! Kimi Raikkonen ends the morning session in P1 with the fastest time of winter testing!
13:50 Raikkonen also set a second flying lap after breaking into the 1:18s. His second effort was in the high 1:19s
13:42 THE FIRST 1:18’S LAP 1:18.634 for Kimi Raikkonen!
13:37 Carlos Sainz has improved his time on the super soft tyre. The Spaniard clocked a 1:20.281. Sergio Pérez has also found some time on the super-soft tyre and put down a 1:20.116.
13:28 Kimi Raikkonen has just set the quickest time of Winter Testing so far! A 1:19.019 on supersofts
13:21 Verstappen isn’t far behind Kimi, he sets a 1:19.438 but on the super softs, a compound softer than Kimi’s recent best time.
13:12 Kimi Raikkonen sets a mightily impressive lap time on the soft tyres – a 1:19.267
13:01 The McLaren has broken down on track again – and once again, on its first lap out of the pits
12:51 Bottas moves up to P2 and below the 1:20 mark with a la of 1:19.845
12:47 Verstappen is equipped with the super softs and sets a new fastest lap of 1:19.491
12:44 Kimi is still on the medium compound and now set a 1:21.382
12:35 New fastest lap, Verstappen posts a 1:19.852 on the soft tyres.
12:25 Green flag! The McLaren has been taken away, the track is clear and we go back to testing.
12:18 Red flag! The McLaren has stopped out on track
12:16 Teams 2017 Winter Testing lap count so far:
1. Mercedes – 1,009
2. Ferrari – 864
3. Sauber – 726
4. Williams – 715
5. Force India – 680
6. Haas – 662
7. Red Bull – 625
8. Renault – 532
9. Toro Rosso – 469
10. McLaren – 397
12:10 Lance Stroll sets a 1:20.335 on soft tyres
12:03 Back out on soft tyres, Verstappen manages a personal best with a lap of 1:20.110.
11:56 Kimi is back on the circuit, again with the Medium tyre.
11:53 Hulkenberg improves on his earlier benchmark on ultrasofts to set a 1:19.885
11:49 Max Verstappen goes quickest on a set of softs with a time of 1:20.221
11:45 Green flag! The Haas is clear and testing resumes.
11:33 Red flag! Romain Grosjean spun into the gravel at turn five, where he’s been struggling with the brakes all pre-season.
11:25 Bottas now goes P2 on the soft compound with a time of 1:21.678.
11:20 Hulkenberg goes faster again on the ultra soft tyres, a 1:20.248 is now the time to beat.
11:18 Stroll improves his time slightly to a 1:21.916, he stays in P2.
11:07 Nico Hulkenberg jumps to the top of the time sheets with a lap time of 1:20.505 on the super soft tyre.
11:03 Carlos Sainz on the soft tyre now moves up to second with a lap time of 1:22.638.
10:56 Kimi Raikkonen has completed seven laps for Ferrari and is currently in the pits.
10:47 Stroll has been running the soft tyres and sets a lap to go ahead of the field, a 1:22.123.
10:39 Kimi is out on the track with the Medium tyre and sets a 1:22.704, which is good enough for P1.
10:36 Four laps for McLaren so far with Fernando Alonso as they continue to focus on short runs.
10:28 Problem for Haas F1. Romain Grosjean’s car stopped in the pit-lane and has been pushed back to the garage.
10:23 Stroll puts in a 1:23.439
10:15 Max Verstappen’s car is carrying an aero rake between the front wheels and the side-pods.
10:10 A 1:22.809 is our first time of the day, and it comes from Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes.
10:02 Romain Grosjean is first out, followed by Marcus Ericsson, Kimi Raikkonen, Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso.