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Raikkonen fastest on the penultimate day of testing

03 Mar 2016

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time seen so far in Formula One pre-season testing on Thursday, as the teams completed their penultimate day’s running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Raikkonen clocked his quickest lap of 1m 22.765s - fractionally faster than team mate Sebastian Vettel's overall best from last week - late in the morning on Pirelli's new purple-marked ultrasoft tyre and it held up to keep him four-tenths clear of Williams’ Felipe Massa’s best, set on softs.

Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen also tried the ultrasoft and ended the day third and fourth respectively, the duo separated by just over a tenth of a second.

Nico Rosberg was next up for Mercedes, with the world champions once again focusing on longer runs on the medium tyre. Rosberg completed 80 laps in the morning before handing over to Lewis Hamilton who added a further 63 to the tally en route to 11th in the times.

Sauber's Felipe Nasr finished his final day in the new C35-Ferrari in sixth, fractions ahead of McLaren's Fernando Alonso, with both among the seven drivers to accumulate over 100 laps of running.

Pascal Wehrlein and Daniil Kvyat were eighth and ninth for Manor and Red Bull respectively, the former having the least productive day in terms of mileage with just 48 laps completed.

Jolyon Palmer was tenth for Renault, while former team mate Romain Grosjean completed the timesheets for Haas, the Frenchman having off-track excursions in both morning and afternoon and then ending the day stopped on track and prompting the red flags.

Thursday's unofficial testing times from Barcelona
POS Driver Team/Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen <b>Ferrari SF16-H</b> 1:22.765   136
2 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes FW38 1:23.192 0.428 119
3 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes VJM09 1:23.251 0.486 137
4 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR11 1:23.382 0.617 159
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid 1:24.126 1.361 81
6 Felipe Nasr Sauber-Ferrari C35 1:24.760 1.995 116
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren-Honda MP4-31 1:24.870 2.105 118
8 Pascal Wehrlein Manor Racing-Ferrari MRT05 1:24.913 2.148 48
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer RB12 1:25.141 2.376 121
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault R.S.16 1:26.224 3.459 98
11 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid 1:26.488 3.723 63
12 Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari VF-16 1:27.196 4.431 78

WATCH: Day 3 wrap - Raikkonen and Ferrari lead the way

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