Phillip Horton  |    |   0  |  1 August 2018

Kimi Raikkonen leads Wednesday morning F1 test session in Hungary

Kimi Raikkonen kept Ferrari on top of the timesheets as he set the quickest time on Wednesday morning during Formula 1 testing at a hot and dry Hungaroring.

Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi headed both sessions on Tuesday and Raikkonen vaulted to the front early on, before working his way down to a 1:16.171, as he also finished with the most laps under his belt, amassing 69, one short of a full race distance.

Raikkonen’s best lap left him 2.280s quicker than Williams’ Robert Kubica, who returned to action aboard the FW41, a year on from his return to the paddock with Renault.

Lando Norris continued testing duties in his role as McLaren’s reserve driver and finished third, three-tenths behind Kubica, and held a similar gap over Sean Gelael.

Gelael switched from the Pirelli-run Toro Rosso STR13 over to the car entered by the team itself, with Brendon Hartley taking over tyre testing duties.

Mercedes-backed Formula 2 title leader George Russell was fifth, while Tuesday pacesetter Giovinazzi switched to Sauber’s C37 and placed sixth.

GP3 race winner Nikita Mazepin caused the only red flag of the four-hour session when his Force India VJM11 stopped at Turn 11, and he finished seventh on the leaderboard.

Renault test and development driver Artem Markelov had his first experience in a current-spec Formula 1 car and placed eighth, in front of Red Bull simulator driver Jake Dennis.

Tyre tester Hartley rounded out the field; Haas is not present at this week’s test.

Formula 1 testing will resume for a further four hours at 14:00 local time.

1 K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.171   69
2 R. Kubica Williams 1:18.451 2.280 38
3 L. Norris McLaren 1:18.768 2.597 50
4 S. Gelael Toro Rosso 1:19.046 2.875 61
5 G. Russell Mercedes 1:19.156 2.985 56
6 A. Giovinazzi Sauber 1:19.413 3.242 64
7 N. Mazepin Force India 1:20.016 3.845 27
8 A. Markelov Renault 1:20.054 3.883 49
9 J. Dennis Red Bull 1:20.177 4.006 56
10 B. Hartley Toro Rosso 1:20.221 4.050 67


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