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Kimi Räikkonen helps Ferrari finish pre-season testing on top - Final day littered with red flags for Haas, McLaren and more

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Sauber finish bottom of the timesheets on final day
Sauber finish bottom of the timesheets on final dayCredit: Sauber AG
Räikkönen secures the fastest lap for all eight days
Räikkönen secures the fastest lap for all eight daysCredit: Ferrari Media
Mercedes wrapped up more than 1000 laps
Mercedes wrapped up more than 1000 lapsCredit: Daimler AG
Stroll takes sole responsibility for the Williams
Stroll takes sole responsibility for the WilliamsCredit: Williams F1/LAT

Pre-season testing in Barcelona is all wrapped up now, with the final day dominated by red flags aplenty, but also some fast paced laps from the Ferrari. Kimi Räikkönen managed to set the fastest lap of the day, but also brought out one red flag in the afternoon, when he spun the car and stopped with what appeared to be a gearbox issue.

It's no surprise to anyone that McLaren were responsible for two of the stoppage times in the morning, with Fernando Alonso coming to a halt out on track. The car was recovered, patched up and sent out again, only to come to an immediate halt once more. He was joined by Romain Grosjean, who also caused two red flag periods in the morning, complaining about the brakes on his car yet again.

Ferrari's fast lap was the quickest of pre-season testing so far, and beat next-place Mercedes by over half a second, although their fastest laps were set on different days. The pace has impressed the Pirelli bosses.

While the cars are yet to perform at their maximum potential, we saw the fastest-ever lap of Barcelona in the circuit’s current configuration this week, beating last year’s pole by more than three seconds and the 2015 pole by more than six seconds. The target of being five seconds faster than the 2015 times in Barcelona was already met last week and now that benchmark has been lowered further.

- Mario Isola, Head of Car Racing, Pirelli

Sauber and McLaren bring up the rear of the overall timesheets, but they were also last today. Sauber were running both Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson in the car, and they completed just over 100 laps between them.

2017 testing - Day 8, Barcelona
1K RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:18.634111
2M VerstappenRed Bull Racing1:19.43871
3C SainzScuderia Toro Rosso1:19.837132
4V BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:19.84553
5L HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:19.85054
6N HülkenbergRenault Sport F1 Team1:19.88545
7S PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:20.116128
8J PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:20.20543
9L StrollWilliams Martini Racing1:20.335132
10R GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:21.11076
11F AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:21.38943
12M EricssonSauber F1 Team1:21.67059
13P WehrleinSauber F1 Team1:23.52742

A solid amount of running for most of the drivers today, with Kimi, Carlos, Sergio and Lance all getting above 100 laps completed. Mercedes brought their tally to over 1000 laps across the eight days, which makes them solid, reliable and fast, just as we all expected they might be.

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Two weeks of #F1Testing are over. I am excited for the things to come! Bye Barcelona

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As far as I can tell the Mclaren has still not done more than 11 laps in a row

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END OF SESSION + END OF PRE-SEASON TESTING. 8 days and 16 sessions completedFP1 in Aus comes next... two weeks from today

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So that's a wrap! Eight full days of testing complete and here's what we know: Ferrari look fast, but we have been burned like this before. Mercedes look reliable and fast, which is always a concern. McLaren are having far too many problems to count, but they're not alone - Renault and Toro Rosso have also struggled. The new cars are difficult to drive, rookies have had their limits tested, as have experienced drivers as well. The racing kicks off in two weeks' time with the Australian Grand Prix, and it's going to be an unmissable one!

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