Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was the quickest driver on the penultimate day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, surging to the top of the timesheets on a set of ultrasoft compound.
Raikkonen completed 136 laps during the day, the quickest of which was a 1:22.765. Felipe Massa was second for Williams, albeit on the slower slow soft tyre.
Ferrari tested its halo cockpit protection design during the morning session, with the main purpose being to determine its impact on the visibility of the driver.
Nico Hulkenberg was third for Force India after a productive day that saw the German rack up 137 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona.
However, that count fell someway short of Max Verstappen’s total of 159 laps as Toro Rosso led the mileage timesheet for the second day running.
Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg was fifth fastest in today’s session, with Lewis Hamilton, who took over the car in the afternoon, classified further down in 11th place. Fastest times of both drivers were set on the medium tyre.
Sauber appear to be making up for lost mileage with the recently launched C35 comfortably crossing the 100 lap mark, beating Fernando Alonso’s McLaren by just over a tenth of a second for seventh place.
Behind, Daniil Kvyat was ninth for Red Bull on the soft tyre, ahead of Renault debutant Jolyon Palmer.
Romain Grosjean propped up the timesheets on what was an eventual day for the Haas driver.
After the American team was restricted to just 24 laps during the first two days of the tests due to various issues, the team had hoped for better fortunes this time.
And while Grosjean did complete 78 laps, he inflicted three red flags, two of which were caused when he went off the track and came to a halt in the gravel trap.
Testing concludes tomorrow at Spain’s Circuit de Cataluyna.
by Rachit Thukral