Kimi Raikkonen fastest in morning event of preseason testing

Formula One, F1, F1 news, F1 pre-season testing, Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari, Raikkonen , Ferrari F1 news, Formula One news, Motor Sports, Motor Sports news, Motor Sports updates Kimi Raikkonen drives forward of Lewis Hamilton during a contrast event in Barcelona.(Source: AP)

Kimi Raikkonen put Ferrari behind on tip in Formula One’s preseason contrast on Thursday, while McLaren struggled with trustworthiness issues for a second true day.

The Finnish motorist led a morning event during a Circuit de Barcelona, forward of Kevin Magnussen of Renault and Max Verstappen of Toro Rosso. Lewis Hamilton was sixth in his Mercedes after completing 99 laps, a many of any driver.

Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel was fastest in a initial dual days of contrast and Nico Hulkenberg led a approach on Wednesday for Force India. Vettel’s time of 1 notation 22.810 seconds on Pirelli’s new ultra-soft tyres has been a fastest of a week so far.

Two-time champion Fernando Alonso was hold to usually 3 laps on Thursday since of an apparent H2O vigour emanate on his McLaren. The Spanish motorist was not means to set a time. Teammate Jenson Button had finished usually 51 laps on Tuesday, a slightest among a 11 drivers who tested, since of a hydraulic leak.

McLaren was tormented by trustworthiness problems via final deteriorate underneath a renewed partnership with engine retailer Honda, though it had showed poignant signs of alleviation in a initial dual days of contrast in Barcelona.

Daniil Kvyat was fourth with Red Bull and Felipe Nasr fifth with Sauber, that is nonetheless to entrance a new car.

Indonesian rookie Rio Haryanto finished usually 26 laps with Manor, 7 some-more than Mexican motorist Esteban Gutierrez with visitor Haas.

The cars will lapse to a lane for a final time this week in a afternoon session.

Teams will exam for a final time Mar 1-4, again in Barcelona. The initial competition is Mar 20 in Australia.