The final day of pre-season testing for the 2017 Formula One season was a busy one for all the teams, with some trying to complete the perfect winter testing season, or try to salvage what they could from a disastrous fortnight.
Ferrari were the team looking to complete the perfect winter today, as Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap around the circuit with a 1:18.634, which is the fastest of anyone in any test day, turning the necks of everyone, and making them wonder how Ferrari are so much faster at this point. The 2007 World Champion was eight tenths above the Red Bull of Max Verstappen in second, who was part of the group of six who managed to go under the 1:20 mark. However, it wasn’t all rosy for Ferrari, as their car stopped on track with 90 minutes to go.
McLaren also got a final chance to have the MCL32 break down and be towed back to the pits, and they took that chance today, with the car stopping on track in the middle of the day. This proved to have a similar effect to yesterday’s running, with the McLaren team not even reaching the fifty lap milestone for the day. It makes for sobering reading for the team’s loyal fans, especially with other drivers hitting 100+ laps in a day, a figure which McLaren can only dream of this year.
One of those drivers to pass a century of laps completed was Williams rookie Lance Stroll. The 18-year-old had another positive day today, after his poor start to winter testing, recording a triple-figure lap count with an hour to spare. With the performances that the Canadian rookie has had during this week of testing, one can only imagine that it must be embarrassing to watch for the person that made the “Has Stroll Crashed Today” website.
The other drivers in the 100+ lap club were Kimi Raikkonen, Sergio Perez and, for the first time this pre-season, Carlos Sainz in the STR12. However, the Spaniard’s lap total stopped on 116 laps when the Toro Rosso had problems and was forced to stop on the start finish straight with half an hour to go.
However, on a sad note, the F1 world found out that former World Champion John Surtees had passed away age 83 as testing ended, drawing the curtain on pre-season testing on a rather sombre note. The former Ferrari World Champion was heavily involved in the F1 community in his later years, and as a result of his death, the community rallied together to honour the legend on both two and four wheels.
Now that pre-season testing is over, we move to the Australian Grand Prix, where we will have Cham at the Grand Prix. Be sure to keep up with us on Facebook and Instagram for constant updates and live video from the Grand Prix and everything it has to offer!