Raikkonen puts Ferrari on top as F1 testing comes to an end

Ferrari has won preseason testing, but is it enough to win a real race? With Mercedes sandbagging we do not know until Melbourne
Ferrari has won preseason testing, but is it enough to win a real race? With Mercedes sandbagging we do not know until Melbourne

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen concluded Formula 1's pre-season testing schedule with the quickest time, amid delays for Red Bull and McLaren, at a warm and sunny Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday.

Raikkonen romped clear of the pack with a 1:18.634 on the Super Soft compound tire during the morning session, one of the fastest ever laps of the current circuit layout.

Raikkonen's time was sufficient to finish eight tenths clear of Red Bull's Max Verstappen, though both drivers encountered issues during the afternoon session.

Raikkonen brought out the red flags when his SF70H came to a halt facing backwards on the old circuit at Turn 13, after he had slowed due to a suspected mechanical issue.

Raikkonen returned to the circuit during the final 20 minutes of the session, surpassing the 100-lap barrier, as Ferrari finished pre-season testing at the head of the pack.

Verstappen, meanwhile, spent the opening two-and-a-half hours of the afternoon running in the pit lane, as Red Bull investigated a turbo issue with his Renault-powered RB13.

Red Bull consequently finished the day with more laps than only McLaren, which endured another frustrating day to cap a troubled pre-season program.

Fernando Alonso twice stopped on track before lunch due to further electrical issues, which had plagued Stoffel Vandoorne on Thursday, also causing the Belgian to twice stop on circuit.

Alonso was able to rejoin the action in the afternoon, but his best lap, set on Ultra Softs, was 2.755s down on Raikkonen's best, as McLaren again propped up the mileage charts, on 43 laps.

Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. used the Ultra Soft tire to place third, causing the sixth and final red flag of a disrupted day when he stopped on the start/finish straight, but was also able to return to action, finishing up on 132 laps, equal best with Williams rookie Lance Stroll.

Friday Results

Pos. Driver Team Time Tires Laps
1. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:18.634 Super 111
2. M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 01:19.438 Super 71
3. C. Sainz Jr. Scuderia Toro Rosso 01:19.837 Ultra 132
4. V. Bottas Mercedes Grand Prix 01:19.845 Super 53
5. L. Hamilton Mercedes Grand Prix 01:19.850 Ultra 54
6. N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:19.885 Ultra 45
7. S. Perez Force India F1 01:20.116 Ultra 128
8. J. Palmer Renault 01:20.205 Ultra 43
9. L. Stroll Williams 01:20.335 Super 132
10. R. Grosjean Haas F1 01:21.110 Ultra 76
11. F. Alonso McLaren 01:21.389 Ultra 43
12. M. Ericsson Sauber 01:21.670 Ultra 59
13. P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:23.527 Super 42

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