The final day of the first test of 2017 was a wet-dry affair as Pirelli soaked the track and teams began testing the wet-weather tire selections from the Italian tire maker. It was a case of changeable conditions as the track began to dry from the initial overnight deluge and again at lunch time. The dry track running times were limited but Ferrari came out on top with Kimi Raikkonen setting a 1m20.872s time followed by the plucky teen Max Verstappen in his Red Bull.
Mercedes, having set a punishing level of mileage in the first three days, seemed to finally experience some issues. First it was an electrical issue that limited Lewis Hamilton’s running time in the morning. The afternoon was halted short in the final hours when engineers saw something in the data they weren’t happy with and Valtteri Bottas ended his run. Given the issues, perhaps Lewis Hamilton should have faked the pulled muscle.
“I hear it’s wet tomorrow, so not particularly looking forward to that,” Hamilton told reporters. “I drove some demonstration wet tyres at Silverstone (last week) and they didn’t feel great. And I’m out first, unfortunately.
“I might fake a pulled muscle in the morning and let Valtteri do it.”
Haas F1 piled on 118 laps for the day and were looking good along with Renault and both Sauber as well as Force India.
McLaren managed to complete 67 laps on the day in the hands of Stoffel Vandoorne who managed to set a slightly quicker lap than Fernando Alonso had a day earlier. It’s a good sign for McLaren to get some mileage in given the issues they’ve had so far this week.
Speaking of issues, Toro Rosso managed one lap and called it a day as they were hampered by engine issues and didn’t return in the afternoon session. Williams, having had a crash on Wednesday in the hands of rookie Lance Stroll, said the chassis was damaged and in the interest of safety, chose not to run on the final day.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m21.769s||0.897s||85|
|6||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m22.534s||1.662s||82|
|10||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||–||–||1|