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.