Formula 1 test at Circuit de Catalunya 10 March 2017
|2.||M. Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||01:19.438||71|
|3.||C. Sainz Jr.||Scuderia Toro Rosso||01:19.837||132|
|4.||V. Bottas||Mercedes AMG||01:19.845||53|
|5.||L. Hamilton||Mercedes AMG||01:19.850||54|
|7.||S. Pérez||Force India F1||01:20.116||128|
|10.||R. Grosjean||Haas F1||01:21.110||76|
Formula 1 test at Circuit de Catalunya 10 March 2017
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That's it from our live text updates from today and indeed from the entire test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Our report from the day's action is now available for your viewing: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350446/raikkonen-fastest-as-f1-pre-season-testing-ends/
The next time we see F1 cars in action will be during Friday practice in Australia!
It's Kimi Raikkonen who finishes the final day quickest for Ferrari, ahead of Max Verstappen
...but his middle sector is some way down
Hamilton goes green in the first sector...
Stroll racks up his 130th lap - Sainz Jr. is just one behind, with the stricken Perez just one behind the Spaniard
Alonso, on Ultra Softs, just came close to improving his time
On track now: RAI, VER, SAI, HAM, STR, ALO
He's now being wheeled down the pit lane
Perez appears to have stopped at the pit entry
Raikkonen, Verstappen, Perez and Palmer are also lapping
Sainz Jr. is back out after his recent stoppage
From what we have seen in the media centre, it looks as though something broke on the car, before he was pitched into a spin
Raikkonen is back out after his incident a little earlier
Hamilton has nine laps remaining on his Soft-tyre stint, according to the Mercedes pit board
Wehrlein, on Softs, has improved his best time to 1:23.527
Hamilton has finally found a way past Verstappen, whether in the form of an overtake, or being let through
Unless he's keen to look at how the Red Bull handles...
Hamilton getting closer to Verstappen, but unable to pass
Hamilton is visibly closer next time across the line...
He's lapping around two seconds quicker, on the same Soft compound
Hamilton chases Verstappen along the start/finish straight...
Palmer is lapping at a similar pace on the Medium rubber
Verstappen, on Softs, has settled into the 1m25s again
Stroll appears to be out there on unmarked Pirelli tyres
Another sole flying lap from Alonso, as he pits
He was right behind Stroll across the start/finish line
Alonso, on Ultra Softs, clocks a 1:21.389
Another horrible upshift for Alonso along the main straight
Verstappen, Hamilton, Stroll and Alonso are quick to head back out
Marshals are on the scene to recover the car
We now have a red flag
Sainz Jr. has stopped on the start/finish straight
Hamilton improves to 1:19.850 - that puts him P5
Hamilton is back out on track on the Ultra Soft tyre
Just the one flying lap from Alonso, who pits
Alonso, on Softs, improves his best time to 1:21.811
Alonso is back out on track - a horrible upshift along the start/finish straight
Palmer, on Ultra Softs, has just improved to 1:20.205
Verstappen has pitted after a lengthy run on the Soft rubber
Here's a look at Raikkonen's incident a little earlier...
Verstappen, Sainz Jr., Perez, Stroll, Grosjean and Wehrlein are lapping
Here in Barcelona, just over an hour of pre-season testing remains
GPUpdate.net extends its condolences to the family and friends of Surtees
Surtees remains the only person to win premier class titles on two and four wheels
"His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side."
"John, 83, was admitted to St Georges Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon," read a statement from the Surtees family
Some sad news to bring you this afternoon, as John Surtees has passed away, aged 83
Verstappen, on Softs, has settled into a run in the 1m25s
Palmer, on Ultra Softs, improves slightly to 1:20.692
Sainz Jr., Hamilton and Palmer also emerge
Verstappen heads out for the first time this afternoon!
Ferrari mechanics are on scene, eager to cover the underneath of the SF70H
The recovery truck is now on scene to deal with Raikkonen's stranded car
The CCTV camera has zoomed in too much, but it would appear as if Raikkonen has come to a halt facing backwards on the pre-2007 layout of the circuit
That's the second time we've seen Raikkonen cause a red flag in as many days in the car this week
Red flag. Raikkonen is facing the wrong way at the chicane
Stroll has come back out for Williams - and he passes the 100 lap mark
Raikkonen is in the 1:23.9s on this stint - encouraging performance, to go with Vettel's eye-catching times yesterday
Alonso is approaching Verstappen's lap total, albeit with the Red Bull driver still stranded in the garage amid turbo checks
Grosjean duly improves to a 1:21.110, though remains 10th
Raikkonen has cleared Sainz Jr., and he now has clear track in front of him
Palmer has clocked a new personal best - a 1:20.749, on Super Softs
Raikkonen is rapidly catching Sainz Jr. on track as they conduct their respective runs
Verstappen has not appeared on track since the lunch break
Red Bull has confirmed that they are "just running some checks on the turbo"
Raikkonen, too, heads into the pit lane, but he's in for a quick tyre change, before returning to the circuit
Though the elder Spaniard returns to the pits after that brief stint
Raikkonen, Sainz and Alonso are the only drivers lapping
Alonso is back out again for the final two hours of running
Raikkonen is now on the Soft tyre as he continues to rack up mileage for Ferrari
Grosjean posts a 1:21.389 on the Ultra Soft tyres
The paddocks in flyaway events all have permanent structures for the teams to use for hospitality purposes
The motorhomes will be put away until F1 returns to Spain in May for the start of the European season
Speaking of junior formula, there was news last night that GP2 is no more, instead replace by F2: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/gp2-news/350393/gp2-series-rebranded-as-fia-formula-2/
Stroll pits the Williams - he's one lap shy of 100, another encouraging tally for the reigning F3 champion after last week's dramas
Sainz Jr. is the latest to surpass a race distance of laps for the day
Alonso is back in the pits - that's 25 laps for McLaren today
Palmer moves up to ninth on Softs with a 1:21.211
Alonso sets a time of 1:22.412 on the Super Softs, though remains 11th
He follows that up with a personal best middle sector time
We have a green first sector from Alonso
At the bottom end of the team mileage charts is McLaren on 22, though Alonso is now out on track
Stroll leads the way on 92 laps, with Perez on 88, Sauber (combined) on 79
Raikkonen surpasses a race distance with that previous lap - 67 in total for the day
He's back out on the Ultra Soft tyres - and completes a competitive lap
Alonso is out on track - good news for McLaren
90 minutes into the session and we're still awaiting our first appearance of the Red Bull and McLaren
Hamilton has come back out on a set of Ultra Softs, and he goes seventh, ahead of Stroll
Drivers are getting into the groove of a race simulation - we're not seeing any headline-grabbing times
The Frenchman has admitted that the brakes remain a key issue for him ahead of the 2017 campaign: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350437/grosjean-haas-still-struggling-with-brakes/
We've been hearing from Grosjean over the lunch break...
Palmer moves into the 1:23s, still on Mediums, but that keeps him down in 12th
Pacesetter Raikkonen is back out for Ferrari, as is Grosjean, after his second stoppage
Another improvement for Palmer on that lap but he remains 12th
The Renault driver is on Mediums and records a 1:24.551, putting him 12th, above Wehrlein
Palmer joins the circuit for his first laps in the Renault today
Hamilton, still out on Super Softs, finds further time, lifting him to a 1:20.705, albeit still eighth
Hamilton comes back out for Mercedes
Only Sainz Jr. and Stroll are circulating as we approach the end of the first hour
The Briton returns to the pits after that spell on the Ultra Softs
Hamilton logs a slight improvement - a 1:21.020, but remains in eighth position
Wehrlein, still on Softs, posts a 1:24.940
Hamilton, on Ultra Softs, clocks a 1:21.319 - that puts him P8
Wehrlein's first flying lap, a 1:25.143 on Softs, puts him into 11th position
Hamilton hits the track for the first time this afternoon - the post-lunch lull firmly at an end
Wehrlein enters the arena, having taken over from Ericsson for the afternoon session
Stroll has now joined Perez out on track
He's lapping on the Super Soft tyres
It's still just Perez racking up the milage for Force India
Perez once more is the driver to break the silence
Still no track action...
Perez has returned to the pit lane for good this time, meaning there's no activity on track
There is a certain cruelness in giving drivers, who need to eat healthily and train rigorously, a huge chocolate cake, but it's the gesture that counts
Perez is completing slow laps for Force India, coming through the pit lane in the process
Our first activity of the afternoon session as Perez joins the fray
Back in F1, we've had clarification of the problems facing McLaren, after another miserable morning: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350433/mclaren-honda-hit-by-further-electrical-issues/
Elsewhere in the world, we also have MotoGP testing, with the final three days of pre-season action getting underway over in Qatar
We have the sound of wheel guns being fired, but no cars on track
The answer to that, at the moment, is no, with the usual post-lunch lull in full swing
And with it being 2pm - the same time as qualifying takes place in May - does anyone fancy a quick lap?
It's so warm today that conditions aren't too far off what we'd enjoy at the Spanish Grand Prix...
Green flag - we're back underway for the final afternoon
Hello and welcome back to the final day of pre-season testing at an unseasonably warm Barcelona
We'll be back for the afternoon session shortly before 14:00 local time!
Our morning report, including times/laps/tyres, is now available here: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350432/raikkonen-surges-clear-more-mclaren-honda-woes/
Stay tuned to the website for a full morning report, results, photos and news updates!
Sainz Jr., having used Ultra Softs, finishes P3, four tenths further back, just ahead of Bottas, who set his best time on Super Softs
Red Bull's Verstappen finishes eighth tenths back on the same compound
Quite a morning, which Raikkonen and Ferrari on top with a 1:18.634, set with the Super Soft tyre
It's time for the lunch break...
Raikkonen heads out on the Ultra Soft compound tyre but does not improve - his lap comes in at 1:18.911
"Fernando has stopped out on track with the same issue that Stoffel encountered yesterday - intermittent electrical shutdown. Various electrical components in the PU and chassis were changed overnight, and the team are making further changes to eliminate variables and identify the source of the problem."
Word from McLaren-Honda about today's troubles...
Plenty of drivers are quick to head back out
Grosjean's car is now on the truck and en-route to the pit lane
They've been kept busy in this morning's session...
Marshals and a recovery truck are at the scene of Grosjean's stoppage
Sainz Jr. had just gone third with a 1:19.837 on Ultra Softs
Red flag. Grosjean has stopped between Turns 9 and 10
Raikkonen's next 'push' lap is a 1:19.787, just over a second slower
It's a 1:18.634 from the Ferrari driver
Raikkonen, on Super Softs, posts the first 1m18s lap of testing!
Perez has improved to 1:20.116 on Ultra Softs, and Sainz Jr. to 1:20.281 on Super Softs
Raikkonen is back in the pits after that eye-catching Super Soft run
Verstappen, Perez and Sainz Jr. are lapping at the moment
Muy rapido from Ferrari!
Vettel's time on Thursday was 0.005s slower
That's the fastest time of pre-season testing so far
Raikkonen, on Super Softs, gets down to a 1:19.019...
Perez has just improved to a 1:20.270 on Super Softs
He now picks up his camera and heads back up the circuit access road
CCTV cameras zoom in on a cameraman who appears to have strayed into a restricted zone at the first corner...
A few of the Mercedes-powered cars have done that this week...
Another strange noise from the Williams as he backs off after the line
Stroll gets close to improving on Ultra Softs, but falls just short
Grosjean makes another gain on Softs, but he still stays eighth
Sainz Jr. takes another tenth off his time on Softs, though remains sixth
Stroll has moved past the 50-lap barrier; he's getting near to Ericsson, the mileage leader on 56
Plenty of improvements after that red flag...
Perez improves to a 1:20.872, again, using the Soft tyres
Sainz Jr. clocks a 1:20.568 on Softs, Grosjean a 1:21.651, also on Softs
Verstappen improves to a 1:19.438 on Super Softs, via the quickest S3 time
Raikkonen, on Softs, posts a rapid 1:19.267
Raikkonen and Stroll are the first drivers back out
A shortcut between the circuit walls and Alonso's car is back in the pits
As per the original McLaren-Honda press schedule, Alonso will not be speaking to the media after today's running
A penny for Alonso's thoughts right now...
No sign of Alonso, who quickly fled the scene of the stoppage
Alonso's car is now loaded onto the recovery truck again
So that's two stoppages yesterday, two today, for the Honda-powered McLaren...
He jumps out of the MCL32 and immediately walks away...
Red flag. Alonso has stopped out on track again...
Bottas, on Super Softs, posts a 1:19.845 - 0.354s down on Verstappen
Perez, on Softs, moves up to sixth with a 1:20.950
Verstappen duly lowers the benchmark to 1:19.491
Verstappen is out there on Super Softs and improving...
Ericsson also improves his time, clocking a 1:21.670 on Ultra Softs
Raikkonen, on Mediums, gets down to a 1:21.382
Sainz Jr. jumps up to fifth with a 1:20.896 on Soft rubber
Grosjean pits after that run on the Soft compound tyre
Ericsson (Sauber) and Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) also head back out
Bottas and Raikkonen now rejoin for Mercedes and Ferrari
After a flurry of pit lane activity, Grosjean has the track to himself:
Grosjean is up to fifth with a 1:21.714 on Softs
Verstappen is back in the pits after one flying lap
Grosjean is back out on track after his spin into the gravel
Bottas, running the Super Soft rubber, improves to 1:20.522
Verstappen, on Softs, goes quickest with a 1:19.852
Just four thousandths shy of his best on that lap...
Ericsson gets very close to improving on Super Softs
Verstappen, Bottas and Grosjean also emerge
Ericsson is quick to head back out on track
His car is now being loaded onto the recovery truck
Another CCTV angle confirms that Alonso stopped exiting Turn 9
A suitable time to link back to our feature on Alonso losing his patience with the troubles at McLaren-Honda: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350347/insight-alonso-loses-patience-with-honda/
Alonso will also be taken to the pit lane in a circuit vehicle
A recovery truck is on the scene to pick up Alonso's car
The MCL32 has come to a halt in the second sector
Red flag. Alonso has stopped...
Bottas said yesterday that Mercedes needs to fully understand recent upgrades: "We're still finding out which of these parts are the best suited to our car and how exactly we can draw 100 per cent out of the package. Every day is still a massive learning curve for us and we've still got a lot of work to do to get it right."
Bottas continues in the 1m23s on this Soft-tyre run - a couple of laps left, according to his pit board
...but the remainder of his lap is slower
Stroll, on Softs, goes purple through the first sector...
Matej: Mercedes initially ran its W08 at Silverstone without a shark fin or T-wing, before trialling a T-wing in the afternoon. During the pre-season tests in Barcelona, it has tried a combination of the shark fin, T-wing and double T-wing. Let's see what it brings to Australia!
Verstappen makes a small improvement on Softs - 1:20.110
Bottas, on Softs, clocks a 1:21.311 on the Soft compound
Raikkonen, on Mediums, has improved to 1:21.891
Stroll, on Softs, moves above Bottas to take third, setting a 1:20.335
Ericsson moves up to fifth place on Super Softs, logging a lap of 1:22.254
Hulkenberg pits after his Ultra Soft run, leaving the circuit free for Ericsson
Hulkenberg, though, goes even quicker, as he records a 1:19.885 on Ultra Softs, purple in S1 and S2
Verstappen's first timed lap of the day, on Softs, leaves him fastest, as he posts a 1:20.221
Verstappen, the driver with the fewest laps so far, heads back out
Green flag, we're back underway after Grosjean's off
Grosjean's car has been loaded onto the back of a recovery truck, which is now making its way back to the pit lane
Grosjean's car is now being loaded onto the recovery truck
Grosjean has gone off at Turn 5 and is stuck in the gravel
No word from Red Bull yet as to whether another issue surfaced
Verstappen is back on track after a lengthy spell in the pits
Grosjean moves up to seventh on Softs, with a 1:22.670
Bottas shoots up to P2 with a mid 1m21s effort on Soft rubber
Ericsson, on Softs, improves his time to 1:23.434
Perez, still on Mediums, climbs to fifth with a 1:22.622
Hulkenberg, using Ultra Softs, lowers the benchmark to 1:20.248
Stroll, on Softs, improves slightly to 1:21.916 - he stays P2
We haven't seen new Mercedes recruit Bottas for a while, but it looks as though he'll be back on track soon:
Grosjean has made a small improvement, but stays eighth
Vettel was in a positive mood during his midday press session, albeit keen to play down expectations: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350377/vettel-plays-down-ferrari-testing-speed/
Aside from that, it's all been rather encouraging for Ferrari, particularly yesterday, as it showed rapid short-run pace and proved very consistent on race stints
Raikkonen will be hoping to avoid a repeat of this incident on Wednesday...
Raikkonen and Grosjean are keeping the track active right now
Raikkonen, also on Mediums, improves to 1:22.261
Grosjean, on Mediums, gets on the board - 1:25.715
Hulkenberg, on Super Softs, goes P1 with a 1:20.505
...but his S3 split is slower - he doesn't improve
Alonso, on Ultra Softs again, goes purple in S1 and S2...
Sainz Jr. jumps to second with a 1:22.638 on Softs
Perez and Ericsson continue to make solid improvements
Perez, also lapping on Mediums, moves up to fifth, with a 1:23.319
Ericsson, lapping on Mediums, improves his time to a 1:25.824 but that keeps him down in seventh
Stroll's lap ends with a 1:22.598 - that's four-tenths slower than his personal best
Stroll backs off on his next lap. He spoke yesterday of wanting to carry out qualifying simulations - could this be Williams' current plan? He goes green in sector one...
Stroll also leads the mileage charts this morning, having completed 18 laps
Stroll, on Softs, moves to the front on 1:22.123
Alonso, after a cool-down lap, improves to 1:22.731
Alonso, on Ultra Softs, goes fourth with a 1:23.080
They were team-mates at Force India in 2014, 2015 and 2016, of course!
Hulkenberg jumps ahead of Perez with his latest lap
Hulkenberg, using Softs, goes fifth, ahead of Ericsson and Alonso
Raikkonen, another on unmarked tyres, goes quickest on 1:22.704
Perez improves to a 1:23.838 next time around
Perez, who also appears to be on unmarked tyres, clocks a 1:26.826
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Stroll, still on Softs, has gone fastest with a 1:22.764
Ericsson continues to make small improvements on this run
Ericsson, seemingly on unmarked Pirellis, goes P3 - 1:26.962
Alonso, also on the Soft rubber, clocks a 1:27.874
Stroll, on Softs, starts his day with a 1:23.439
Perez takes the Force India out - we've now seen all 10 cars
Here are Remi Taffin's words on the French manufacturer's early reliability troubles, largely related to the ERS: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350420/renault-ers-issue-magnified-during-tests/
Hulkenberg also heads out for the works Renault team
Verstappen emerges in the Renault-powered Red Bull
Bottas, on Ultra Softs, clocks the first time of the day: 1:22.809
Bottas takes the Mercedes out and is straight onto a flying lap
Sainz, Raikkonen, Alonso and Stroll also head out
Grosjean and Ericsson are the first drivers out on track
Sergio Perez is in at Force India, Lance Stroll is in at Williams, Carlos Sainz Jr. is in at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean is in at Haas
Fernando Alonso will take over the McLaren-Honda, after another mileage-limited day for Stoffel Vandoorne, amid electrical glitches
Daniel Ricciardo made clear that Red Bull needs more time to understand the RB13, after getting "a little bit confused" with car set-up yesterday: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350395/ricciardo-admits-red-bull-got-confused/
Max Verstappen is in at Red Bull, while Kimi Raikkonen is in at Ferrari
Renault (Nico Hulkenberg AM, Jolyon Palmer PM) and Sauber (Marcus Ericsson AM, Pascal Wehrlein PM), are also set to split their days
Mercedes will continue its split running, with Valtteri Bottas in action this morning, and Hamilton in the afternoon
Let's run through today's planned line-ups...
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton commented last night that he thinks Ferrari has been "bluffing" its way through pre-season testing so far: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/350401/hamilton-reckons-ferrari-has-been-bluffing/
And that was despite repeatedly lifting in the final sector...
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari upped their pace yesterday, setting a new test benchmark of 1:19.024 on the Ultra Soft tyre
It's another chilly but bright start to the day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the final pre-season test day in Barcelona!