Raikkonen fastest for Ferrari as Formula One testing ends
12 Mar 2017 - 20:39
Barcelona : Formula One wrapped up pre-season testing on Friday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen setting the pace with the fastest lap yet around the Circuit de Catalunya.
The Finn's best effort of 1:18.634 seconds, on supersoft tyres in the morning, was the first below the 1:19 barrier and 0.804 seconds quicker than Red Bull's Dutch teenager Max Verstappen on the same tyre compound in 1:19.438.
Raikkonen's team mate and four times world champion Sebastian Vettel had been fastest on Thursday in 1:19.024.
Before that, Mercedes had set the pace with Finland's Valtteri Bottas lapping in 1:19.310 on Wednesday. Triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton was fifth fastest on Friday.
The early signs from testing, which can be deceptive, are that champions Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull remain on a different level to the rest but that last season's gaps have closed at the top.
The season starts in Australia on March 26.
"Between the top three and the other ones it is between one second and 1.5 seconds, I think," said Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.