Pre-season testing has officially ended with Kimi Raikkonen topping the timesheets on the 4th and final day, as we now await the season opener in Melbourne.
All eyes are on Red Bull and McLaren as the favorites for the win in Australia.
Mercedes aren’t far behind, for they are expected to disrupt the leaders after what appeared to be a great weekend for the German team.
Lotus kept its impressive pace despite a few niggles, while Ferrari stirred the most controversy this week by canceling all interviews with their drivers and admitting a podium finish in Australia is a long shot.
Midfield teams looked quite strong compared to last year, especially Sauber’s C31, which was setting fast times throughout the weekend whilst staying quite gentle on its tyres.

The following table shows the fastest lap times set during the eight days of testing in Barcelona:

Team Driver Time Gap
1 Lotus Kimi Raikkonen 1:22.030
2 Sauber Sergio Perez 1:22.094 +0.064
3 McLaren Jenson Button 1:22.103 +0.073
4 Toro Rosso Daniel Ricciardo 1:22.155 +0.125
5 Ferrari Fernando Alonso 1:22.250 +0.220
6 Williams Bruno Senna 1:22.296 +0.266
7 Force India Nico Hulkenberg 1:22.312 +0.282
8 Caterham Heikki Kovalainen 1:22.630 +0.600
11 Red Bull Mark Webber 1:22.662 +0.632
12 Mercedes Nico Rosberg 1:22.932 +0.902
13 Marussia Timo Glock 1:26.173 +4.143

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The following table shows the total distance covered by each car during the eight days:

Team Model Laps Distance (km)
1 Williams FW34 1163 5,329
2 Ferrari F2012 1087 4,994
3 Sauber C31 1072 4,922
4 McLaren MP4-27 1065 4,881
5 Force India VJM05 1045 4,794
6 Toro Rosso STR7 1000 4,583
7 Caterham CT01 990 4,527
8 Red Bull RB8 939 4,308
11 Mercedes W03 835 3,886
12 Lotus E20 772 3,501
13 Marussia MVR-02 338 1,568
14 Mercedes W02 348 1,540
15 HRT F111 108 0,478

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