Barcelona F1 test: Raikkonen first to break into the 1m18s

Kimi Raikkonen kept Ferrari on top during the final morning of Formula 1 pre-season testing at Barcelona, as McLaren and Haas caused two stoppages apiece.

Barcelona F1 test: Raikkonen first to break into the 1m18s
The McLaren MCL32 of Fernando Alonso is returned to the pits on a truck
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Nico Hulkenberg, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF70H
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-17 practices a pit stop
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India F1 VJM10
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB13 running sensor equipment

After Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the winter yet on Thursday, teammate Raikkonen finally broke through the 1m19s barrier on Friday morning with a best time of 1m18.634s on supersofts, set with a little over 20 minutes remaining of the session.

Towards the start of the final hour, Raikkonen had come within five thousandths of Vettel's benchmark, set on ultrasofts but also affected by the German backing off in the last sector, before his subsequent run put him a full 0.490s clear of his teammate.

While Raikkonen went out for a run on ultrasofts in the dying moments of the session, he didn't improve on his earlier best, although he dipped under the 1m19s barrier again.

The Ferrari driver ended up 0.804s ahead of nearest rival Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver also using supersofts to set his best lap of 1m19.438s.

A late effort on ultrasofts allowed Carlos Sainz to vault up to third for Toro Rosso, the Spaniard recording a 1m19.837s to end up just 0.008s clear of the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, whose best lap of the morning came on supersofts.

Sainz's late charge demoted Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) and Sergio Perez (Force India), both of whom used ultrasofts on their best laps, to fifth and sixth respectively.

Williams newcomer Lance Stroll was seventh using the soft tyre, ending up the joint most productive driver of the morning along with Sauber's Marcus Ericsson on 59 laps.

Stroll finished a second clear of Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who caused two red flags during the morning.

The first came in the second hour when the Frenchman spun into the gravel at Turn 5, while the other was a result of the Haas VF-17 grinding to a halt along the back straight with around 15 minutes remaining of the morning.

Completing the leaderboard were Ericsson and Fernando Alonso, who suffered a repeat of the electrical issues that hampered Stoffel Vandoorne's running on Thursday.

The Spaniard caused the second red flag of the morning when he stopped on the approach to Turn 10 just over two hours into the session, and suffered another breakdown on his out-lap some 30 minutes later, the MCL32 making it as far as Turn 4.

Alonso therefore only completed 19 laps, his best being a 1m22.731s on ultrasofts that left him just over four seconds off the pace of former teammate Raikkonen. 

 DriverTeamTimeGap TyreLaps
1  K. Raikkonen  Ferrari 1:18.634   48
2  M. Verstappen  Red Bull 1:19.438 0.804 33
3  C. Sainz Toro Rosso 1:19.837 1.211 39
4  V. Bottas  Mercedes 1:19.845 1.251 53
5  N. Hulkenberg Renault 1:19.885 1.482 45
6  S. Perez Force India 1:20.116 1.647 46
7  L. Stroll  Williams 1:20.335 1.701 59
8  R. Grosjean Haas 1:21.429 2.795 44
9  M. Ericsson  Sauber 1:21.670 3.036 59
10  F. Alonso  McLaren 1:22.731 4.097 19
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