Ferrari ended Formula 1 pre-season testing at the same place they started it: at the top of the timesheet.

Sebastian Vettel set the pace on the fourth and final day of the second test session at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona with a fastest lap of 1 minute 22.852 seconds.

The German and four-time world champion was not only the quickest on the final day; he was also the busiest, completing 142 laps.

He positioned Ferrari in the front of the pack for the fifth out of eight testing days.

Vettel ends the F1 winter testing on top"
Vettel ends the F1 winter testing on top"

Vettel commented on Ferrari’s SF16-H:

"The new car gives us the chance to close the gap. How much? We need to be a bit more patient."

Carlos Sainz Jr. followed for Toro Rosso with a time of 1:23.134, while Felipe Massa clocked a 1:23.644 lap to place Williams in third.

Full Results

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m22.852s-142
2Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m23.134s0.282s133
3Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m23.644s0.792s129
4Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m23.721s0.869s60
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m24.133s1.281s69
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m24.427s1.575s123
7Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m24.714s1.862s121
8Jolyon PalmerRenault1m24.859s2.007s90
9Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m25.031s2.179s132
10Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m25.255s2.403s66
11Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m25.422s2.570s25
12Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m25.899s3.047s58
13Nico RosbergMercedes1m26.140s3.288s70

Formula 1 now heads to Melbourne for the opening round of the 2016 world championship. The Australian Grand Prix is scheduled for March 20, after which Bahrain International Circuit hosts the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend from April 1 to 3.

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