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Lotus end testing as they began, with Kimi top on final Barcelona day - Final day of testing sees Lotus lead Ferrari at the top

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Kimi's clearly ahead in Barcelona
Kimi's clearly ahead in BarcelonaCredit: Lorenzo Bellanca/LAT

Kimi Räikkönen led the way on the final day of pre-season testing in Barcelona today, ending the three tests the same way as he began it - in P1. It appeared to be a day for long-running throughout the field, except for Sebastian Vettel, who ended the session last and with only 23 laps under his belt.

Red Bull spent much of their morning hiding the rear of the car with umbrellas, fixing up some gearbox issues, and trying to get their driver back out on track. Sebastian Vettel explained the issues:

I went off track and broke the front wing and had to come in, and it took quite a while to get back out and just before lunch we suffered a problem with the gearbox so we have to fix it and get back out after lunch.

- Sebastian Vettel

A couple of red flags halted running through the day, with both Sauber and Caterham responsible for a lull in the action. The rain stayed away this time, though, allowing many teams to complete well over 100 laps.

Only a light drizzle as it turns out, not enough to stop the #F1 boys #Commitment

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Nothing changed in terms of lap time: once more in this last 4-day session the F2012 completed more than 100 laps

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2012 Pre-Season Testing - Day 4, Barcelona
1Kimi RäikkönenLotus1:22.030121
2Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:22.250115
3Bruno SennaWilliams1:22.29653
4Nico HülkenbergForce India1:22.312101
5Kamui KobayashiSauber1:22.38672
6Lewis HamiltonMcLaren1:22.430115
7Vitaly PetrovCaterham1:22.795101
8Michael SchumacherMercedes1:22.939100
9Pastor MaldonadoWilliams1:23.34748
10Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso1:23.393100
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:23.60823

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