Raikkonen tops morning times in Barcelona

Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen

On the final day of F1 preseason testing, Kimi Raikkonen came within a tenth of a second of teammate Sebastian Vettel's unofficial lap record on Friday using the hyper-soft tires, while Fernando Alonso’s McLaren Renault once again came back on the flatbed.

Alonso managed just seven laps before grinding to a halt on the escape road on the right-hand side of the track before Turn 7 and causing a red flag. Surely some towing company wants to put their name on those blank sidepods!

Like Thursday when the Haas was 2nd quick, Raikkonen's nearest challenger was Romain Grosjean's Haas, which lapped in 1m18.590s on the supersoft tire.

Brendon Hartley’s Honda was third-fastest on a 1m18.949s, although that lap seemed to be hampered at the end as the hypersoft-shod Toro Rosso caught Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton focused on race simulations – racking up a morning benchmark total of 97 laps – and so was only fourth-fastest on a 1m19.464s set on supersofts, with Esteban Ocon two tenths slower with softs on his Force India.

Friday Times at Lunch Break

1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m17.221s 0.000s Hyper-Soft 66
2 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.590s 1.369s Ultra-Soft 74
3 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m18.949s 1.728s Hyper-Soft 91
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.464s 2.243s Super-Soft 97
5 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m19.667s 2.446s Hyper-Soft 97
6 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m20.250s 3.029s Soft 72
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.275s 3.054s Medium 47
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m20.878s 3.657s Soft 18
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 7
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 4

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