Kimi Raikkonen followed in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel yesterday in staking Ferrari’s claim at the front of the field in Barcelona.
Despite setting the searing pace, in which the Finn suggested he could have gone even faster, it wasn’t in Ferrari’s favour, with the team causing a red flag in the afternoon. It was one of just many red flag during the day as teams work out their package for the Australian Grand Prix in just two weeks time.
The 1:18.6 set by Raikkonen in the morning session followed the theme for the week as teams used the afternoon for long runs, and was eight tenths faster than the quickest Mercedes time from the test. He was also a tad ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who noticeably backed off through his fast runs yesterday.
With Ferrari showing at least some of their pace, second and third went to the Red Bull teams. Red Bull with Max Verstappen onboard was second and on the same type of tyre as Raikkonen, but eight tenths away from the Finn, while Carlos Sainz was third having used a set of the ultrasoft tyre.
Mercedes were not showing their pace on the final day of testing, once again both drivers on duty and Valtteri Bottas ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
There were still issues though – Romain Grosjean causing a couple of red flags in the morning before getting in some meaningful running in the afternoon, while the big story was the continued failures for McLaren. They would have another two red flag inducing failures – related to the electrical problems they had been facing through the week, each for Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso.
The little glimmer of hope for McLaren was that Alonso would still set a time faster than Sauber, which some had doubted this week.