Kimi Raikkonen ends pre-season tests in Champion`s style!!!Kimi Raikkonen finished with Lotus as fastest driver on the last day of the last test session before the start of the season in Formula 1. Nobody was able to beat his time from the morning part of the session. As usual most teams afternoon session used to focus on simulations of race. So Kimi with Lotus recorded fastest time of the first and last day of pre season testing. Just hope that he will manage season better than Rubens who was fastest with Williams last year.
The surprise of the day are Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull. They with the new upgrades completed only 23 laps. At the beginning of the session, the young German broke new front wing on his car and then had problems with gearbox. If any other team has had these problems will immediately sign off from good ranking, but with RB8 we have to be very careful. Today a little more worried people in their garage, truth or concealment of the right situation? But the fact is that this wasn`t an ideal day for them, rushed with updates at the last moment, completed a few laps with them, with not quite an impressive pace.
McLaren had a productive day with its new package as Lewis Hamilton completed 115 laps and set a best time just 0.4s slower than Raikkonen. Hamilton completed more than double the mileage team-mate Jenson Button managed with the upgraded car on Saturday, and spent the afternoon trying to find its optimal setup of car.
Fernando Alonso was second fastest, but the actual performance of the Ferrari remained a mystery. The team admitted on Friday that are still struggling to gain a full understanding of the car, then next day decided to cancel all interviews for the rest of the weekend. However, 1:22.250 Alonso was fastest time set with F2012 and his 115 laps will give the team a lot of data to be analyzed ahead of Australia.
Now you can expect to hear some rumors and then the truth of the work of 16 to 18 March in Melbourne!
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:22.030 121 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.250 + 0.220 115 3. Bruno Senna Williams 1:22.296 + 0.266 53 4. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:22.312 + 0.282 101 5. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:22.386 + 0.356 72 6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:22.430 + 0.400 115 7. Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:22.795 + 0.765 101 8. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.939 + 0.909 100 9. Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:23.347 + 1.317 48 10. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:23.393 + 1.363 100 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:23.608 + 1.578 23