Ferrari first in final F1 testing day

by Samarth Kanal on 9th March 2018

Kimi Räikkönen fastest in final day of Formula 1's preseason

Ferrari set the fastest time of the final day of Formula 1 testing with Kimi Räikkönen’s time of 1min17.221sec, 0.039sec slower than Sebastian Vettel’s preseason benchmark set on Thursday.

Fernando Alonso took second place with 15 minutes remaining as he set a time of 1min17.785sec on hypersoft tyres, within half a second of the Ferrari. Though his McLaren brought out an early red flag, with oil spilling from his Renault power unit in the morning, Alonso recovered to set 93 laps on Friday.

In third was Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr, who was nine tenths back on hypersofts, with just 35 laps of running under his belt due to gearbox problems. Daniel Ricciardo followed in fourth place, his time of 1min18.164sec set on supersoft tyres.

Brendon Hartley completed another 156 laps for Toro Rosso, continuing a strong showing for the newly Honda-powered team, placing seventh ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon.

Mercedes kept its card close to its chest with more solid race simulations as Valtteri Bottas finished sixth with a fastest lap set on medium tyres and 74 laps completed, putting himself behind Haas’ Romain Grosjean (ultrasofts). Grosjean completed the highest distance over Friday with 181 laps. Lewis Hamilton finished 11th with 97 laps completed, ahead of 12th place Lance Stroll who propped up the timesheets.

Driver Team Time Laps
Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1min 17.221ec (Hypersoft) 157
Fernando Alonso McLaren 1min 17.784sec (Hypersoft) 93
Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 1min 18.092sec (Hypersoft) 45
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1min 18.327sec (Supersoft) 92
Romain Grosjean Haas 1min 18.412sec (Supersoft) 181
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1min 18.825sec (Medium) 104
Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1min 18.949sec (Hypersoft) 156
Esteban Ocon Force India 1min 18.967sec (Hypersoft) 163
Charles Leclerc Sauber 1min 19.118sec (Hypersoft) 97
Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1min 19.189sec (Soft) 105
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min 19.464sec (Supersoft) 97
Lance Stroll Williams 1min 19.954sec (Soft) 27

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