Last night water trucks were sent out to wet the track enabling the teams to get their first running in wet conditions even in 18 degree sunshine.A bad day for Williams however who after Stroll’s multiple crashes on Tuesday and Wednesday were unable to run at all due to the damage caused.As for the rest of the grid the wet didn’t seem popular. Lewis Hamilton joking last night about faking an injury and letting Bottas run instead, and yet an electrical issue prevented the W08 from running in the morning for all but the last few minutes, which Hamilton elected to let Bottas use.
The Finn got up to eighth fastest completing 68 laps. That result puts Mercedes top of the leader boards for both lap count and lap time for the week.
It was another good day for Ferrari as Raikkonen was fastest again, putting in a 1:20.872 on softs once the track had dried up enough (after which the the water trucks were sent out again during lunch to re-dampen the circuit). Ahead of Verstatppen in the Red Bull.
It was a surprise third for the Renault of Jolyon Plamer with a 1:21.778, 3 seconds ahead of team mate Hulkenberg in ninth achieving 39 and 51 laps respectively for a total of 90 for the French team.
The Haas of Grosjean kept raking up the miles getting in another 118 laps and fourth in the time sheet.
Ferrari’s third driver Giovinazzi stuck on a set of ultrasoft tyres to go fifth with a 1:22.401 one tenth in front of the Force India of Sergio Perez.
Mclaren had another good day having resolved their early test problems. The young Belgian Vandoorne managed 67 laps with a quick time of 1:22.576.
Bottas who took over running in the Mercedes was eighth completing 68 laps in total.
And last and least was the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat, the Russian getting just one installation lap before an engine failure forced the team to abandon the rest of the day to fit a new one with no time set.
That brings an end to the first pre-season test of 2017. F1 is back next week for another 4 day test where we should see the cars showing their true potential and we’ll get our first proper look at what the grid order looks like.
Final standings for day 4 area s follows
1) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 93 laps, soft tyres, 1:20.872
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 85 laps, soft tyres, 1:21.769
3) Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 39 laps, soft tyres, 1:21.778
4) Romain Grosjean, Haas, 118 laps, supersoft tyres, 1:22.309
5) Antonio Giovinazzi, Sauber, 84 laps, ultrasoft tyres, 1:22.401
6) Sergio Perez, Force India, 82 laps, supersoft tyres, 1:22.534
7) Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren, 67 laps, ultraoft tyres, 1:22.576
8) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes, 68 laps, soft tyres, 1:23.443
9) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault, 51 laps, soft tyres, 1:24.974
10) Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1 lap, No time