RAIKKONEN FASTEST, McLAREN RELIABILITY IN QUESTION - FORMULA 1

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Friday, March 9, 2018

RAIKKONEN FASTEST, McLAREN RELIABILITY IN QUESTION

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen ended the final day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing with the fastest time, as McLaren and Renault both made up for lost ground on Friday afternoon. Alonso did briefly jump to the top of the times in the final 10 minutes, but had his lap deleted for cutting the final chicane.

McLaren's frustrating pre-season continued on Friday as Alonso stopped early in the morning after an oil leak caused a turbo failure in his car. That issue prompted an engine change, although the Spaniard returned in the afternoon to complete 93 laps, including a late hyper-soft tyre run to second position, albeit 0.5s behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Renault had difficulties, too, with a gearbox glitch limiting Carlo Sainz’s running in the morning. Once fixed, the team then took the decision to keep him in the car, rather than have Nico Hulkenberg take over as planned, to make up for the lost time. Sainz got back out and used the hypersofts late on to set the third quickest time, nearly nine-tenths off Raikkonen’s leading pace.
As for Red Bull, it was easy to forget Daniel Ricciardo was on duty today, such was his low profile. Then, with just under two hours remaining, he banged in an 18.715 on his supersofts to go third, as if to remind us he was still there.

Valtteri Bottas took over testing duties from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon, going sixth fastest on mediums and giving the champion outfit a combined session-topping total of 201 laps.
Charles Leclerc caused a red flag. The Formula 2 champion spun into the gravel at Turn 12 while on a hot-lap, the third time this week a Sauber driver has caused a stoppage by beaching the car.

Teams will now head back to their bases to crunch the data and fine tune their cars before heading to Australia, with the first race of the 2018 season taking place on March 25.
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 4 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:17.221/ (HS, 157)
2Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:17.784+ 0.563 (HS,93)
3Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:18.092+ 0.871 (HS,45)
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:18.327+ 1.106(SS,92)
5Romain GrosjeanHaas1:18.412+ 1.191(US,181)
6Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.825+ 1.604 (Mе,104)
7Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:18.949+ 1.728 (HS,156)
8Esteban OconForce India1:18.967+ 1.746 (HS,163)
9Charles LeclerkSauber1:19.118+ 1.897 (HS,75)
10Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:19.189+ 1.968 (S,105)
11Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:19.464+ 2.243 (SS,97)
12Lance StrollWilliams1:19.954+ 2.733 (S,27)
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 3 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.182/ (HS, 188)
2Kevin MagnussenHaas1:18.360+ 1.178 (SS,153)
3Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:18.363+ 1.181 (HS,169)
4Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.675+ 1.493 (HS,79)
5Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:18.725+ 1.543 (HS,69)
6Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:18.855+ 1.673 (HS,151)
7Marcus EricssonSauber1:19.244+ 2.062 (HS,148)
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:19.296+ 2.114 (Mе,84)
9Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:19.532+ 2.350 (Mе,97)
10Robert KubicaWilliams1:19.629+ 2.447 (SS,73)
11Sergio PerezForce India1:19.634+ 2.452 (HS,159)
12Max VerstappenRed Bull1:19.842+ 2.660 (S,187)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:20.262+ 3.080 (US,67)
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 2 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:18.047/ (HS, 165)
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.400+ 0.353 (US,90)
3Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.560+ 0.515 (US,85)
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1:19.541+ 1.494 (S,67)
5Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:19.823+ 1.776 (HS,119)
6Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:19.856+ 1.809 (HS,57)
7Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:20.042+ 1.995 (Me,88)
8Romain GrosjeanHaas1:20.237+ 2.190 (S,78)
9Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:20.242+ 2.195 (S,49)
10Lance StrollWilliams1:20.349+ 2.302 (S,63)
11Nico HulkenbergRenault1:20.758+ 2.711 (SS,102)
12Esteban OconForce India1:20.805+ 2.785 (S,130)
13Charles LeclerkSauber1:20.919+ 2.872 (SS,160)
14Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:22.350+ 4.303 (S,80)
BARCELONA II TEST, DAY 1 RESULTS
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:20.396/ (Me, 171)
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:20.596+ 0.200 (S,86)
3Max VerstappenRed Bull1:20.649+ 0.253 (Me,130)
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:20.808+ 0.412 (S,91)
5Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:20.973+ 0.577 (S,54)
6Kevin MagnussenHaas1:21.298+ 0.902 (S,96)
7Nico HulkenbergRenault1:21.432+ 1.036 (Me,48)
8Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:21.455+ 1.059 (S,91)
9Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:21.588+ 1.192 (S,42)
10Sergio PerezForce India1:21.643+ 1.247 (S,93)
11Marcus EricssonSauber1:21.706+ 1.310 (SS,120)
12Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:21.946+ 1.550 (SS,38)
13Lance StrollWilliams1:22.937+ 2.541 (S,86)
HS - HyperSoft US - UltraSoft SS - SuperSoft
S - Soft Me - Medium
H - Hard SH - SuperHard
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BEST RESULTS PER DRIVER FROM SECOND SESSION
P.DRIVERTEAMTIMEGAP/TIRES
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1:17.182/ (HS, 426)
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:17.221+ 0.039 (HS,206)
3Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:17.784+ 0.602 (HS,150)
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:18.047+ 0.865 (HS,257)
5Carlos Sainz JR.Renault1:18.092+ 0.910 (HS,293)
6Kevin MagnussenHaas1:18.360+ 1.178 (SS,249)
7Pierre GaslyToro Rosso1:18.363+ 1.181 (HS,229)
8Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:18.400+ 1.218 (US,362)
9Romain GrosjeanHaas1:18.412+ 1.230 (US,259)
10Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:18.560+ 1.378 (US,372)
11Nico HulkenbergRenault1:18.675+ 1.493 (HS,229)
12Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1:18.855+ 1.673 (HS,189)
13Brendon HartleyToro Rosso1:18.949+ 1.767 (HS,275)
14Esteban OconForce India1:18.967+ 1.785 (HS, 293)
15Charles LeclerkSauber1:19.118+ 1.938 (HS,235)
16Sergey SirotkinWilliams1:19.189+ 2.007 (S,227)
17Marcus EricssonSauber1:19.244+ 2.062 (HS,268)
18Robert KubicaWilliams1:19.629+ 2.447 (SS,73)
19Sergio PerezForce India1:19.634+ 2.452 (HS,252)
20Max VerstappenRed Bull1:19.842+ 2.660 (S,317)
21Lance StrollWilliams1:19.954+ 2.772 (S,243)