Kimi Raikkonen quickest as opening F1 pre-season test ends in Barcelona

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Kimi Raikkonen closed out the first collective Formula 1 test of 2017 at the top of the timesheets after setting the pace on a mixed day of running in Barcelona.

With no rain falling over the first three days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, teams agreed for the track to be made wet to allow Pirelli to gather data for its intermediate and wet tires.

Sunny conditions meant that the track dried out across the course of the day despite more water being laid down over lunch, with slick running possible in the afternoon session.

Raikkonen turned in a fastest lap of 1:20.872 to finish nine-tenths of a second clear of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, giving Ferrari a second day at the top of the standings. Raikkonen also set the fastest time for the Scuderia on Tuesday.

Following Valtteri Bottas’ impressive Wednesday pace, Mercedes had a quieter day as the Finn only finished eighth-fastest. Teammate Lewis Hamilton opted not to run in the morning as planned after the team found an electrical problem on its car.

Jolyon Palmer led Renault’s charge in third place, running the afternoon after teammate Nico Hulkenberg completed his duties in the morning. Romain Grosjean was fourth for Haas and led the mileage charts with 118 laps under his belt.

Antonio Giovinazzi impressed once again for Sauber while standing in for the injured Pascal Wehrlein, finishing fifth. Sergio Perez was sixth for Force India.

McLaren had a better day after struggles earlier in the week, with Stoffel Vandoorne racking up 66 laps behind the wheel of the MCL32.

Toro Rosso was less fortunate, managing just a single lap due to an engine issue on its STR12 car, while Williams sat out entirely due to damage sustained to its car on Wednesday.

Testing resumes in Barcelona on Tuesday (March 7), with another four days scheduled to take place.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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