Raikkonen ends penultimate day on top

By on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen set the quickest time on the penultimate day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Räikkönen, who trialled a prototype ‘halo’ head protection device during an installation lap in the morning session, posted a time of 1:22.765 on the Ultra Soft tyres shortly before lunch.

Räikkönen’s time proved to be 0.428s faster than Williams’ Felipe Massa, who was the last driver to join the action during the morning session.

Nico Hülkenberg placed third for Force India as Max Verstappen completed the most mileage for Toro Rosso and classified in fourth.

Nico Rosberg was fifth overall for Mercedes while team-mate Lewis Hamilton took over in the afternoon and finished in 11th spot.

Felipe Nasr racked up the miles for Sauber after Marcus Ericsson suffered problems on Wednesday and ended the day in sixth.

Fernando Alonso carried out productive running and finished seventh for McLaren, narrowly ahead of Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.

Daniil Kvyat carried out pit stop practice for Red Bull before ultimately setting the ninth best time.

Jolyon Palmer was towards the bottom of the lap charts mid-way through the day but enjoyed a more productive afternoon and classified 10th, while Haas had another disrupted session.

Romain Grosjean went straight on at Turn 4 a few minutes before lunch and later spun off at Turn 1, though was able to return to the circuit during the closing stages.

However, while attempting a quick lap, his VF-16 came to a halt on the approach to Turn 10, the Frenchman's third stoppage of the day.

Grosjean's final incident caused the day's running to be halted five minutes earlier than planned.

17Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:22.765136
219Felipe MassaWilliams1:23.193119
327Nico HulkenbergForce India1:23.251137
433Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:23.362159
56Nico RosbergMercedes1:24.12681
612Felipe NasrSauber1:24.760116
714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:24.870118
894Pascal WehrleinManor1:24.91348
926Daniil KvyatRed Bull1:25.141121
1030Jolyon PalmerRenault1:26.22498
1144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:26.48863
128Romain GrosjeanHaas1:27.19677

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