Raikkonen ups testing pace for Ferrari

 03 Mar 2016 - 16:32

Raikkonen ups testing pace for Ferrari
Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari during pre-season testings at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, 02 March 2016.


Barcelona: Finland's Kimi Raikkonen registered the fastest time in Formula One testing so far this season on the third day of the second test in Barcelona.

Raikkonen beat teammate Sebastian Vettel's previous best time from last week on ultrasoft tyres in 1min 22.765sec.

Even more encouragingly for Ferrari, Raikkonen even beat the best time posted so far by dominant world champions Mercedes on the soft tyre compound.

German Nico Hulkenberg was second quickest as Force India continued to show good pre-season pace with Dutch teenager Max Verstappen third for Toro Rosso.

Mercedes again refused to show their real speed on the penultimate day of testing before the opening race weekend of the season in Australia on March 20.

Nico Rosberg posted another 80 laps in fourth fastest on the medium tyres.