Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen topped the final day of Barcelona test with a laptime of 1m22.030s. As usual the fastest laptime of the day was set during the second half of the morning session with teams preferring the afternoon session was race simulation.
“I was happy with today’s running,” said Raikkonen. “We didn’t have any major issues so it was certainly better than yesterday. Everything worked, we tried a lot of set-ups on the car and it all came together well. It was a long time in the car today but I feel fine. It was cooler today so the tyres didn’t work as well as otherwise but everything was okay.
“Of course, the fastest time at the end of the day looks good but no-one will know how fast any of the cars are until we get to qualifying at Albert Park. All the changes we have made over testing have been improving the car, so we’ll have to see what happens in Melbourne in a couple of weeks’ time. I’m feeling positive.”
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was second fastest in the F2012. His laptime of 1m22.250s was two tenth slower than Finn's. William's gave both its drivers a chance to test its new package i.e. Senna drove in the morning while Maldonado drove in the afternoon. Senna was third fastest in FW34 with a laptime of 1m22.296s, while the Venezuelan was 9th fastest with a laptime of 1m23.347s.
Hamilton finished sixth fastest with a laptime of 1m22.430s behind Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, but ahead of Caterham's Vitaly Petrov and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher. Daniel Ricciardo was 10th fastest in Toro Rosso, while the defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel was the slowest of all. The German could only complete 23 laps due to a gearbox issue.
“I’d love to be able to say more about today, but this morning I had an issue, I went off track and broke the front wing and had to come in,” Vettel said. “It took quite a while to get back out and then just before lunch we had a problem with the gearbox so it upset the whole day. After that there wasn’t much we could constructively do.
“To be honest, it wouldn’t be fair to judge the updates we have, as I didn’t get many laps today. I think yesterday was quite a decent step and it was a good day for Mark [Webber], so we’ll take what we can from that.”
Barcelona day 4 results:
1. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:22.030, 121 Laps
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:22.250, 115 Laps
3. Bruno Senna, Williams, 1:22.296, 53 Laps
4. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:22.312, 101 Laps
5. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:22.386, 72 Laps
6. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:22.430, 115 Laps
7. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham, 1:22.795, 101 Laps
8. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 1:22.939, 100 Laps
9. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:23.347, 48 Laps
10. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:23.393, 100 Laps
11. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:23.608, 23 Laps