Raikkonen sets new record

Source:AFP Published: 2017/3/11 0:08:40

Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen smashed teammate Sebastian ­Vettel's best time in preseason testing by nearly half a second to dominate the morning session of the final day of testing on Friday.

Raikkonen edged to within three-tenths of the track record in 1 minute and 18.634 seconds to register the fastest time of the day by nearly a second.

Vettel's best of 1 minute and 19.024 seconds on Thursday had ­already raised hopes that Ferrari, who haven't won a drivers' championship since Raikkonen's success in 2007, can bring an end to Mercedes' three years of dominance.

Three-time world champion ­Lewis Hamilton claimed Ferrari were "bluffing" with their eye-catching testing times and Mercedes may be keeping their powder dry for the first Grand Prix of the year in Melbourne on March 26.

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