JEREZ, Spain (dpa) – Kimi Raikkonen posted another fast time for Ferrari on the final day of the first Formula One pre-season test on Wednesday, while world champion Lewis Hamilton was piling up more mileage for Mercedes despite a spin.
Hamilton had completed another 52 laps for the constructors’ champions just over four hours into the session, as his spin after 44 laps did not damage the car.
Raikkonen led the times with 1 minute 22.537 from Toro Rosso’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen (1:22.817), who had driven a day-leading 62 laps. Hamilton’s best time was 1:23.633.
Ferrari have shown good pace in Jerez with their new driver, four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, topping the timesheets Sunday and Monday, and Raikkonen second Tuesday.
Mercedes had some minor hiccups in previous days apart from Hamilton’s spin, but the Briton and his German team-mate have collected a lot of important data for the team Jerez as Rosberg totalled 308 laps on his two days and Hamilton was adding to the 91 from Monday.
Mercedes dominated the past season, winning 16 of the 19 races, 11 of them from Hamilton who beat Rosberg for the world title.
Former champions Red Bull had Daniil Kvyat stop on the track which according to the team was likely an Energy Recovery System problem, but the Russian was soon back driving.
McLaren also overcame a brief problem as ex-champion Jenson Button continued. Eight teams are at the first of three rounds of pre-season action which ends on Wednesday. Two further rounds of testing are scheduled for later in the month in Barcelona.