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.
|4||S. Gelael||Toro Rosso||1:19.046||2.875||61|
|7||N. Mazepin||Force India||1:20.016||3.845||27|
|9||J. Dennis||Red Bull||1:20.177||4.006||56|
|10||B. Hartley||Toro Rosso||1:20.221||4.050||67|