Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest driver on the third day of the final winter test in Barcelona. The Finn on his last day in the SF16H before the opening Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne, Australia setting a fastest time of 1m 22.765s on his way to completing 136 laps.
On Thursday, the Iceman tested Ferrari’s prototype ‘cover’ head protection which will be introduced into Formula One next season in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s death.
Raikkonen also completed a race simulation and speaking following his final day in the car the Finn commented by saying:
It was one of our best days of testing. We could run without a single stop, except for the red flags on track. Maybe we could have been faster on some laps, but in general the feeling was fine and we are more or less happy with the way things are going. Of course there’s always room to improve and work to do. Like I said many times, I don’t like guessing so there’s no point in figuring out where we’ll be in Melbourne. We will try our best as always. This morning I tried the Halo protection device and the difference to the usual driving was surprisingly small. The visibility is just a little bit limited at the front but I don’t think this is the final version of the device, so it can be improved further.
Sebastian Vettel will take over running the car for the final day of testing on Friday.