F1: Final Barcelona Test Day 4

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor

Formula One’s second pre-season test ended the way the first test began; with Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari firmly atop the timesheets.

The German slapped a set of Pirelli’s super-softs in the morning session to post the fastest time of the pre-season with a strong 1:22.852 tour of Circuit de Catalunya. With Ferrari the quickest car on five of the eight days of testing, things near the sharp end of the field seem to have tightened between them, Mercedes and Williams.

Vettel also ran the halo device mock up that team mate Kimi Raikkonen ran yesterday. The device, which the FIA iterated is only a mock up has drawn mixed reactions from the drivers, but Vettel despite lamenting its aesthetics readily admitted its potential to save lives.

Behind Vettel, Carlos Sainz had another great day in the Toro Rosso with a strong run on the new ultra-soft compounds. He also kept up STR’s lap count, as he 133 tours on the day was only bested by Vettel.

Felipe Massa confirmed Williams strong pace with third on the timesheets at 1:23.644 on the super-softs.

Mercedes kept up their methodical approach to testing by splitting the day’s running between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but lap times clearly weren’t  the top of their agenda with Hamilton coming in fifth and Rosberg coming in last on the timesheets.

Jolyon Palmer had another rough day as his Renault suffered hydraulic issues. Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez also had trouble in the Haas Vf-16 as the car once again struggled with its brake by wire system.

All the team’s preparation now turn to Albert Park and the Australian Grand Prix, both the pressure and the countdown are on as Practice 1 begins in just two weeks.

Driver Team Time Laps
 Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari  1:22.852  142
 Carlos Sainz  Toro Rosso  1:23.134  133
 Felipe Massa  Williams  1:23.644  129
 Sergio Perez  Force India  1:23.721  60
 Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes  1:24.133  69
 Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull  1:24.427  123
 Jenson Button  McLaren  1:24.714  121
 Jolyon Palmer  Renault  1:24.859  90
 Marcus Ericsson  Sauber  1:25.031  132
 Romain Grosjean  Haas  1:25.255  66
 Esteban Gutierrez  Haas  1:25.422  25
 Rio Haryanto  Manor  1:25.889  58
 Nico Rosberg  Mercedes  1:26.140  70

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and Motorsport.com. A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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