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Formula 1 Pre-Season Testing 2016: Times and Thursday Analysis from Barcelona

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time of Formula One pre-season testing so far on Thursday morning, surging to the top of the timesheets in Barcelona, Spain. With a host of cars donning the supersoft and ultrasoft tyres—the quickest compounds—the Finn posted a time of one minute, 22.765 seconds in the day’s opening session, around half-a-second quicker than his nearest competitors.  Mercedes resisted the urge to try out the quick compound, with Nico Rosberg sticking to the medium tyres and getting more laps under his belt than anyone else during the morning. Lewis Hamilton employed a similar approach in the afternoon, as no one came even close to overtaking Raikkonen at the top of the timesheets. Here ar...

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