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Vettel wraps up final Barcelona test day on top for Ferrari // Scuderia lead the way as Mercedes actually break down

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Pérez completes 60 laps for Force India
Pérez completes 60 laps for Force IndiaCredit: Sahara Force India
Toro Rosso run ultra-softs for second place
Toro Rosso run ultra-softs for second placeCredit: Peter Fox/Getty
Vettel finishes the week with a P1 position
Vettel finishes the week with a P1 positionCredit: Mark Thompson/Getty
Ricciardo wraps up the test for Red Bull
Ricciardo wraps up the test for Red BullCredit: Ferrari S.p.A.

Ferrari finished on top for the final day of pre-season testing, making that five of the eight days with the fastest time. Today it was Sebastian Vettel's turn behind the wheel, and he completed 142 laps, the most of the day, finishing ahead of second place Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso.

Mercedes were still splitting their driver duties with Lewis Hamilton finishing 5th overall, however the Brit did suffer with some reliability troubles. After patching up a transmission issue, Mercedes put Nico Rosberg in the car, with the German completing 70 laps but finishing last on the timesheets.

Renault struggled for another day with Jolyon Palmer sidelined by an hydraulic problem. He did manage to complete 90 laps by day's end but that didn't stop him feeling frustrated.

It's good because if [Magnussen] did same number laps as me, we're in trouble as a team. It's good he had four trouble-free days, I wish I had four trouble-free days but it is what it is. It's unlucky but I'm quite pleased from a team point of view that he's at least given us a direction and a good understanding of the car.

- Phil Charles, Chief Engineer, Toro Rosso

Haas also ran both their drivers today with Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez sharing the day's programme. Between them they completed 91 laps. Meanwhile, Rio Haryanto was back in the car for Manor and he only completed one installation lap in the morning but motored on to 58 by the end of the session.

2016 testing - Day 8, Barcelona
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1S VettelScuderia Ferrari1:22.852142
2C SainzScuderia Toro Rosso1:23.134133
3F MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:23.644129
4S PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:23.72160
5L HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:24.13369
6D RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:24.427123
7J ButtonMcLaren Honda F1 Team1:24.714121
8J PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:24.85990
9M EricssonSauber F1 Team1:25.031132
10R GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:25.25566
11E GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:25.42225
12R HaryantoManor Racing MRT1:25.89958
13N RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:26.14070

Vettel also ran the halo cockpit protection device in the morning for a single installation lap, and came away with reasonably positive vibes for the idea - although he did admit it wasn't the best looking design in the world.

Worth pointing out that @ToroRossoSpy completed 1049 laps in eight days. The proven 2015 Ferrari package appears to be bulletproof...

adamcooperf1 adamcooperf1

Considering stable #F1 regs, it is impressive that #Seb5's best lap today is some 2.7 seconds faster than he managed in 2015 SpanishGP Quali

Jonny_Bowers Jonny_Bowers

Packing up and going home. All the used #F1Testing tyres will be placed into trucks and taken to be recycled.

pirellisport pirellisport

It's a wrap! P12, 58 laps and a 1:25.899 for @RHaryantoracing. It's "Adios" @Circuitcat_eng & "G'day" @ausgrandprix. Well, nearly.

ManorRacing ManorRacing

As Manor so rightly say, that's all for pre-season testing! An interesting couple of weeks that have shown Ferrari have kept up their improving pace from last year, although we have yet to see Mercedes do anything other than rack up the miles. It looks to be very tight in the midfield, and Haas had a mixed test but impressed more than many expected. I can't wait to see how it all shakes out in Melbourne!

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