Formula 1 Updates: Ferrari Tops Thursday’s Pre-Season Testing Session, Kimi Raikkonen Tries ‘Halo’
The Scuderia Ferrari team is back at the top of time sheets during Thursday’s pre-season testing session, which marks the penultimate day of final testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.Advertisement
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen managed to complete 136 laps and record a best lap of 1:22.765 aboard his Ferrari SF16-H, earning him 1st place during Thursday’s testing session. He made his quickest lap late morning while utilizing Pirelli’s new ultrasoft tires, which have been marked purple.
Meanwhile, Williams driver Felipe Massa took second place as he finished 119 laps and registered a fastest lap time of 1:23.192 aboard the Mercedes powered FW38. He took to the tracks with soft tires. Behind Massa is Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who managed to complete 137 laps aboard the Mercedes powered VJM09. He set a fastest lap time of 1:23.251. On the other hand, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen also made an impressive run onboard the Ferrari powered STR11. He managed to complete 159 laps and record a fastest lap time of 1:23.382.
As for current constructors champion Mercedes AMG Petronas, both of their drivers were out on track for Thursday’s testing session. Nico Rosberg did a fastest lap time of 1:24.126 as he completed 81 laps Thursday. His time proved good enough to earn him fifth place. On the other hand, current world champion Lewis Hamilton finished 63 laps and did a fastest lap time of 1:26.488, earning him the eleventh spot just ahead of Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
At the same time, Ferrari also took the opportunity to test out the “halo” concept on Thursday. Raikkonen took a single lap with a concept halo installed on the car. According to ESPN, Raikkonen had told his team that visibility “was OK” prior to returning to the pits. The system meant to provide the driver with greater cockpit protection on track is scheduled to be implemented next year.