Formula 1 News: Ferrari Lead In Final Testing, McLaren Suffers Technical Problems

Formula 1 News: Ferrari Lead In Final Testing, McLaren Suffers Technical Problems
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The final day of the first pre-season testing session has already wrapped up, but not before Ferrari and driver Kimi Raikonnen emerged fastest.


During the final testing day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, Raikonnen top the sheets with a fastest lap time of 1:23.477 as he did 78 laps aboard his Ferrari SF16-H. And even though Raikonnen emerged on top during the session, he admits he still feeling slightly unsure about their challenger this year. “I don’t know if this is going to be a good car. No one can tell, but it seems to be a good car even if there are still many things to try out, ” the Finn world champion explains.

Meanwhile, taking second place was Daniil Kvyat for Red Bull Racing. He managed to achieve a fastest lap time of 1:24.293. Both he and Raikonnen were said to be the only drivers utilizing Pirelli’s new ultrasoft tyre compound on the track that day. Throughout testing session, Kvyat completed 94 laps onboard the Renault powered RB12.

On the other hand, Force India’s new development driver, Alfonso Celis, managed to make 75 laps onboard the Mercedes powered VJM09. His fastest lap time of 1:24.840 also garnered him third place during the last day of testing. Celis was followed by Renault’s Kevin Magnussen who completed 153 laps and a best lap time of 1:25.263 in the new R.S.16. During a recent interview, Magnussen remarked that the car could use a bit more downforce.

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Elsewhere in the field, Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton place seven and eight respectively in the new W07 Hybrid. Rosberg completed 86 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1:26.187. Meanwhile, Hamilton did 99 laps and set a fastest lap time of 1:26.295. Throughout the four days of testing in Barcelona, Mercedes has managed to cover 3,142 kilometers with its two cars.

Meanwhile, the final day did not turn out well for McLaren’s Fernando Alonso. Technical problems limited his run to a mere three laps. He was also unable to set any lap times. McLaren says the Honda powered MP4-31 has a coolant leak.

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