Raikkonen 'sure' Ferrari can go faster

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest times of winter testing so far

Mercedes had the most productive day, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas sharing driving duties to clock up 201 laps between them, as they focused on running the harder tyre compounds rather than chasing lap times.

It meant McLaren ended up as the fastest Renault-powered team, with Alonso heading Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull and Carlos Sainz Jr's works entry as all three outfits were covered by three tenths of a second on the timesheets.

Sebastian Vettel can start the Formula One season with renewed hopes of challenging Mercedes' dominance after smashing the unofficial track record on the penultimate day of testing on Thursday.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso had a rollercoaster day, sidelined for nearly five hours by an oil leak and engine change before charging back out to set the second quickest time on the same hypersoft tyres.

Charles Leclerc was ninth for Sauber, he spun in the morning, the third occasion this week where one of its drivers have binned it in the gravel.

One of the major talking points over the past few weeks has been the introduction of the halo.

All the teams did more than 100 laps, with Vettel also completing a race simulation and doing 188 - the most of any driver and one more than Red Bull's Dutch youngster Max Verstappen.

Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest times of winter testing so far
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But had Ferrari not hit reliability problems in the second half of the season, the Brackley-based team might have found themselves under serious pressure in the title race and their British star could have found Sebastian Vettel a little to close for comfort. "Obviously, we will see in the next two weeks where we are, but yeah, a pretty positive day".

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen ended the final day of Barcelona Formula 1 testing with the fastest time.

World champion Lewis Hamilton left the circuit after the morning session down in 11th spot.

It wasn't quite as much as in 2017, but the botched weather explains the difference. If anything, it will make Mercedes and Red Bull reevaluate the pace of their cars and possibly make riskier moves to stay competitive.

As always, let us know your thoughts in the comments, but bring on Australia!

Using hypersofts, Alonso posted a 1m17.981s to go second and then improved to a 1m17.784s to end the day 0.563 seconds slower than Raikkonen.

At 1pm Raikkonen's nearest challenger was Romain Grosjean's Haas, who lapped in 1m18.590s on the supersoft tyre. Before it ran in Barcelona it clocked up more than 1500 runs in the wind tunnel.

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