Stronger Ferrari Package can go Faster: Kimi

Stronger Ferrari Package can go Faster: Kimi

The Finn believes that the 'stronger Ferrari package' could have gone faster during pre-season testing.

Lewis Hamilton is not worried about the lap time put down by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the final Barcelona test this past week.

"I think we had a positive last day", said Raikkonen, sounding almost happy.

"Both the car and the track are a lot faster compared to last year's race here".

After his morning spin, Charles Leclerc used hypersofts to move up to ninth in the Sauber behind Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) and Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Helio Castroneves will not be in the IndyCar field when the season opens for the first time he joined the series.

"There's always things to improve".

"The focus for us today was on long runs and the feeling with the car was good", said Verstappen.

He added: "Overall it's a strong package".

Hamilton completed 97 laps and didn't return to the track following the unofficial break between sessions, telling his Mercedes team upon finishing: "I'm really proud of you all".

At 1pm Raikkonen's nearest challenger was Romain Grosjean's Haas, who lapped in 1m18.590s on the supersoft tyre.

The weight of expectation continues to grow as Verstappen steps out for his third season at Red Bull.

Williams and Force India helped keep Mercedes atop the pile on the engine manufacturers' count too, leading Ferrari 2,570 to 2,409.

However, many feel that despite the pace of the SF71 it is no match for the Mercedes and might even struggle against the RB14.

The Ferrari driver bettered Daniel Ricciardo's impressive performance in the Red Bull from Wednesday and then just got quicker and quicker until he had almost a second on the Australian's time. So far we had minor issues, but that was because we did not do a good enough job to prepare the car. Its final tally of 1040 laps made it the only team to hit quadruple figures across the two weeks, with Ferrari (929) completing more than 100 laps fewer.

It was left to his team-mate Raikkonen, who was quickest last winter for Ferrari, to set the day ablaze with a time only three hundredths of a second slower on hyper-soft rubber.

The car's pace may be difficult to figure out after less than a week of testing, but in the wider scheme of things, it represents a significant boost as McLaren aim to clamber back slowly to the front of Formula One.

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