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Raikkonen Tops Final Day for Ferrari

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

Kimi Raikkonen topped today’s damp running from Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the fourth and final day of the first pre-season test. The Finn ran a 1:20.872 on a drying track to top his Red Bull nemesis Max Verstappen by nearly a second on the time sheets.

Raikkonen also ran 93 laps on the day, behind only Grosjean who racked up 188 laps in the Haas powered Ferrari.

Pirelli brought in trucks which dumped water on the circuit before the first session. Early on all the teams tried the new full wet tire compounds which seemed to get the job done. As the track dried they switched out for intermediates which according to several drivers, still leave much to be desired in terms of both grip and degradation. The quickest times, like Raikkonen’s were set in the afternoon once the track had dried.

The only notable incident was an electrical glitch for Mercedes that kept Lewis Hamilton off the track for the day. Valtteri Bottas took over in the afternoon and was able to log 68 laps.

Ferrari junior driver Antonio Giovinazzi ran a solid 84 laps for Sauber in place of the injured Pascal Wehrlein who is expected to return next week.

 

Pos Driver Team Times Laps Tires
1 Räikkönen Ferrari  1:20.872 93 S
2 Verstappen Red Bull  1:21.769 85 S
3 Palmer Renault  1:21.778 39 S
4 Grosjean Haas  1:22.309 118 SS
5 Giovinazzi Sauber  1:22.401 84 US
6 Pérez Force India  1:22.534 82 SS
7 Vandoorne McLaren  1:22.576 67 US
8 Bottas Mercedes  1:23.443 68 S
9 Hülkenberg Renault  1:24.974 51 S
10 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1

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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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