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Raikkonen fastest on final day of F-1 pre-season testing

india Updated: Mar 04, 2012 23:48 IST
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Lotus F1's Kimi Raikkonen ended the final day of pre-season testing for the 2012 Formula One season the way started the first one nearly a month ago; on the top of the time sheets.


The 2007 world champion clocked a lap of 1min22.030sec and completed 121 laps of the 4.655 km Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona to clock in excess of 563 kms worth of track time. Next up was the Ferrari of former double world champion Fernando Alonso who managed 115 laps with a best time of 1min22.250sec.

The Spaniard was followed by the Williams of Bruno Senna, the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg and the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi. Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel suffered front wing damage on his Red Bull RB8 as well as gearbox trouble that limited him to just 23 laps worth of track time. Vettel posted the slowest time of all the 11 drivers who were present with a 1min23.608sec lap.

Due to the high-speed nature of the circuit that also features rapid changes in direction and heavy loads on the tyres, many teams were busy testing their car's pace on Pirelli's new soft tyres by running around ten laps or more with a heavy fuel load. Mercedes drew a lot of attention during these 'long runs' as former seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher had admitted to reporters that tyre degradation was a problem that the team's W03 was suffering from when running on the soft tyres.

Pos
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Raikkonen
Lotus
1m22.030s
121
2
Alonso
Ferrari
1m22.250s
115
3
Senna
Williams
1m22.296s
53
4
Hulkenberg
Force India
1m22.312s
101
5
Kobayashi
Sauber
1m22.386s
72
6
Hamilton
McLaren
1m22.430s
115
7
Petrov
Caterham
1m22.795s
101
8
Schumacher
Mercedes
1m22.939s
100
9
Maldonado
Williams
1m23.347s
48
10
Ricciardo
Toro Rosso
1m23.393s
100
11
Vettel
Red Bull
1m23.608s
23

Schumacher managed the eighth fastest time of the day with a lap of 1min22.939sec and also clocked 100 laps worth of track time.

The world championship kicks off on 16 March with practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne with qualifying to be held on 17 March and the race the day after.

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