F1 test round-up: Ferrari gets the glory, Mercedes gets the miles

Sebastian Vettel turned to Pirelli's new ultra-soft tyre to set the quickest time in the first pre-season Formula 1 test of 2016 at Barcelona

F1 test round-up: Ferrari gets the glory, Mercedes gets the miles

Only Ferrari and Red Bull ran the rule over the rubber Pirelli feels is 0.5-0.8 seconds per lap faster than the next softest tyre in its range, the super-soft.

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The ultra-soft runners occupied four of the top-six places in the combined times for the week, with Ferrari duo Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen top and third respectively, split by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg.

On the super-soft tyre, Hulkenberg finished just 0.3s adrift of Vettel, and a third of a second up on Raikkonen.

From fourth to sixth it was a similar story as for the top three, with super-soft runner Sergio Perez in his Force India fifth quickest, sandwiched by Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat's ultra-soft times.

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Overall, Ferrari led the way on three of the four days, with Hulkenberg denying the Scuderia a clean sweep on Wednesday.

Raikkonen was forced to settle for third on that occasion as newcomer Haas and Romain Grosjean sprang a surprise by nudging into second, although do not read too much into that.

As for Mercedes, it opted not to set any kind of eye-catching time. Instead Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg ground out the laps (675) and miles (1952) in search of reliability.

No other driver or team came close, with Renault's debutant Kevin Magnussen next up behind the Mercedes pair with 264 laps.

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On the constructors' front, Toro Rosso - with a 2015 Ferrari power unit in the STR11 - fared well as it managed 447 laps, but still 227 shy of the German manufacturer.

Ferrari managed just half the distance of Mercedes - 1952 miles compared to 1020 - and barely conducted any set-up work, according to Raikkonen.

McLaren, following its woes last season, started off on a firm footing, until a hydraulics leak in the MP4-31 for Jenson Button on Wednesday, and coolant leak for Fernando Alonso on Thursday, severely curtailed the car's running.

Newcomer Haas will be pleased with the amount of mileage it covered, amounting to just over 800 in total, finishing ahead of McLaren and Manor.

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With rookie pairing Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto on board, Manor managed 254 laps, which could have been more but for spins for Haryanto on each of his two days, costing him and the team valuable track time.

Bringing up the rear was Jolyon Palmer in the Renault, his week in stark contrast to team-mate Magnussen as a software issue on his first outing on Monday and turbo problem on Tuesday restricted him to just 79 laps in total.

COMBINED TEST STATS:

Combined best laptimes of the week: Pos Driver Car Time Gap Tyre 1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m22.810s US 2. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m23.110s +0.300s SS 3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m23.477s +0.667s US 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m23.525s +0.715s US 5. Sergio Perez Force India 1m23.650s +0.840s SS 6. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1m24.293s +1.483s US 7. Alfonso Celis Jr Force India 1m24.840s +2.030s SS 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m24.867s +2.057s M 9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber (2015) 1m25.237s +2.427s S 10. Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m25.263s +2.453s S 11. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1m25.393s +2.583s M 12. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m25.409s +2.599s M 13. Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1m25.524s +2.714s S 14. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m25.648s +2.838s S 15. Romain Grosjean Haas 1m25.874s +3.064s S 16. Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1m25.925s +3.115s S 17. Felipe Nasr Sauber (2015) 1m26.053s +3.243s S 18. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1m26.082s +3.272s S 19. Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m26.189s +3.379s S 20. Carlos Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1m26.239s +3.429s M 21. Felipe Massa Williams 1m26.483s +3.673s S 22. Jenson Button McLaren 1m26.735s +3.925s S 23. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m28.249s +5.439s M Total mileage per driver: Pos Driver Miles 1. Lewis Hamilton 992 2. Nico Rosberg 960 3. Kevin Magnussen 764 4. Felipe Nasr 683 5. Max Verstappen 668 6. Carlos Sainz Jr 624 7. Valtteri Bottas 619 8. Daniel Ricciardo 575 9. Marcus Ericsson 567 10. Sebastian Vettel 564 11. Daniil Kvyat 492 12. Esteban Gutierrez 486 13. Felipe Massa 472 14. Kimi Raikkonen 457 15. Jenson Button 390 16. Alfonso Celis Jr 385 17. Rio Haryanto 373 18. Pascal Wehrlein 362 19. Fernando Alonso 353 20. Romain Grosjean 327 21. Sergio Perez 292 22. Nico Hulkenberg 286 23. Jolyon Palmer 229 Total mileage per team: Pos Team Miles 1. Mercedes 1952 2. Toro Rosso 1293 3. Sauber (2015 car) 1250 4. Williams 1091 5. Red Bull 1068 6. Ferrari 1021 7. Renault 992 8. Force India 963 9. Haas 813 10. McLaren 743 11. Manor 734 Total mileage per engine: Pos Engine Miles 1. Mercedes 4741 2. Ferrari 2015 3245 3. Renault/TAG 2111 4. Ferrari 2016 1021 5. Honda 743 
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