Kimi Raikkonen put Lotus on top for the third time in four days as the final pre-season test drew to a close.
Raikkonen’s lap of 1’22.030, set on soft tyres shortly before the lunch break, was the quickest seen in either of the two tests at the Circuit de Catalunya this year.
The lotus driver was two-tenths of a second quicker than Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari. Alonso used super-softs for his lap.
Bruno Senna was fractionally slower, setting a best time of 1’22.296 on soft tyres. Once again he shared his day’s running in the Williams with team mate Pastor Maldonado.
The times remained close between the leading drivers with the fastest eight covered by nine-tenths of a second. Kamui Kobayashi, fifth-fastest, caused the first of two red flags when his Sauber came to a stop early in the afternoon with an engine problem.
The second was caused by Vitaly Petrov in the Caterham, who set the seventh-fastest time of the day.
World champion Sebastian Vettel was at the bottom of the times as Red Bull continued work on their pre-Melbourne upgrade. The car was frequently obscured by covers and umbrellas at it made its way in and out of the pits during the day’s running.
|1||Kimi Raikkonen||Lotus-Renault E20||1’22.030||121|
|2||Fernando Alonso||Ferrari F2012||1’22.250||116||0.220|
|3||Bruno Senna||Williams-Renault FW34||1’22.296||53||0.266|
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes VJM05||1’22.312||101||0.282|
|5||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari C31||1’22.386||72||0.356|
|6||Lewis Hamilton||McLaren-Mercedes MP4-27||1’22.430||115||0.400|
|7||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham-Renault CT01||1’22.795||101||0.765|
|8||Michael Schumacher||Mercedes W03||1’22.939||100||0.909|
|9||Pastor Maldonado||Williams-Renault FW34||1’23.347||48||1.317|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR7||1’23.393||100||1.363|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault RB8||1’23.608||23||1.578|
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