Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonnen rounded off the first of two pre-season tests at Barcelona today by putting the Italian team at the top of the lap leaderboards. The Finn turned in a lap of 1:23.477 on the ultrasoft Pirelli compound, clearing Red Bull’s Daniel Kyvat, who was second with a time of 1:24.293 on ultrasofts.
Raikkonnen also turned in 80 laps in the new Ferrari SF16-H, 10 laps less than Kyvat did in the Red Bull RB12. Force India reserve driver Alfonso Celis Jr. was third with a strong time of 1:24.640 on the supersoft compound and turned in 75 laps. Renault’s Kevin Magnussen turn in the most laps at 156 and was fourth fastest on the time sheets after a lap of 1:25.263 on soft tires.
While Ferrari has shown promise in the pre-season tests at Barcelona, Raikkonnen expressed doubt that the SF16-H was capable of dethroning Mercedes-Benz in 2016.
“I don’t know if the car is going to be good enough,” he said. “The car feels nice and obviously we have a lot of other things to still try and test and tune.”
“It’s definitely a step up from what we had last year, but is it going to be good enough? We’ll see at the end of this year.”