Raikkonen leads Ferrari 1-2 in final Spanish GP practice

Raikkonen fastest but Mercedes was sandbagging
Raikkonen fastest but Mercedes was sandbagging

Ferrari bounced back in Saturday morning in Barcelona to run 1-2 in final practice for the Spanish GP. Kimi Raikkonen's lap of 1m20.214s was 0.242s faster than his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

The Mercedes row (row 2) was led by Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1m20.595s almost 3/10ths faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas. That was despite technical issues for Bottas which meant the Finn only got on track in the final eight minutes of the hour. However, everyone knows Mercedes had their engine turned down and will likely win the pole this afternoon.

Mercedes had to work overnight to resolve an electrical issue on Bottas’s car, but discovered a water leak as they reassembled his power unit. That forced them to revert to the previous unit – without the latest reliability updates – that the Finn used in the season’s opening four races.

The Red Bull row (row 3) was led by Max Verstappen over teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Fernando Alonso warrants a special mention too – 10th for the Spaniard, splitting Sainz and Grosjean and within 1.9s of pole. The Honda finally ran long enough to put up some good laps. In this sort of form, he's well worth keeping an eye on.

Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:20.214 +0.000s 20
2 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:20.456 +0.242s 7
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.595 +0.381s 12
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:20.868 +0.654s 7
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:21.025 +0.811s 14
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:21.249 +1.035s 15
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:21.670 +1.456s 13
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 1:21.746 +1.532s 19
9 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:21.835 +1.621s 19
10 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:22.093 +1.879s 16
11 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:22.128 +1.914s 21
12 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:22.214 +2.000s 12
13 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:22.237 +2.023s 19
14 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:22.297 +2.083s 22
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:22.391 +2.177s 15
16 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:22.513 +2.299s 20
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:22.574 +2.360s 19
18 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:22.755 +2.541s 13
19 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:22.853 +2.639s 15
20 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:22.974 +2.760s 19

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