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Summary

  1. Final day of pre-season testing
  2. Sebastian Vettel fastest in the morning
  3. Vettel tests 'halo' head protection device
  4. Transmission problem for Hamilton before lunch
  5. Get involved #worsteverF1mods

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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See you for Australia

Right, time for me to call it a day. 

Forty hours of writing about F1 testing may sound like a lot, but the excellent memes and humour you've all provided have helped make it fly by.

I can't wait to do it all again in two weeks time.

Keep an eye on Andrew Benson's testing review online later and I'll be back for Australian Grand Prix practice on 18 March. Hopefully see you then.

That's the chequered flag on pre-season #F1Testing. @nico_rosberg completes another 70 laps! #F1

Day four final times

1 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:22.852 

2 Carlos Sainz (Spa) Toro Rosso 1:23.134 

3 Felipe Massa (Brz) Williams 1:23.644 

 4 Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:23.721 

5 Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 1:24.133 

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Rus) Red Bull 1:24.427 

7 Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 1:24.714 

8 Jolyon Palmer (GB) Renault 1:24.859 

9 Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber 1:25.031 

10 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas 1:25.255 

11 Esteban Gutierrez (Spa) Haas 1:25.422 

12 Rio Haryanto (Idn) Manor 1:25.899 

13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:26.140 

Vettel, Massa, Perez, Palmer and Gutierrez set their best times on the super-soft tyre, Sainz, Button and Haryanto on the ultra-aoft, Ricciardo, Ericsson, and Grosjean on the soft and the Mercedes drivers on the medium

Classification&laps: VET: 142 SAI: 133 MAS: 129 PER: 60 HAM: 69 RIC: 123 BUT: 121 PAL: 90 ERI: 132 GRO: 66 GUT: 25 HAY 58 ROS: 70 #F1Testing

A cheeky improvement from Nico Rosberg at the end there with 1:26.140. It is not enough to move him off the bottom of the timesheet.

Sebastian Vettel finishes the final day of the final test fastest.

Chequered flag

That's it. Testing is over for 2016.

On to Australia...

Five minutes to go

And now, the end is near...

It looks like for the second day in a row it will be a Ferrari that will top the timesheet. 

Esteban Gutierrez climbs a pace into 11th as a run on the super softs produces a 1:25.422. 

There's unlikely to be any drastic changes on the timesheet, Jenson Button has those ultras on but no improvement on his time set on the same compound earlier.

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What have you learnt from testing?

About Kimi to F1 drivers' look alikes to pretending to be F1 bosses.Looking forward to next testing now. Surely '17 will be exciting. #bbcf1

#bbcf1 if it makes you guys feel any better I too have a big man crush on Kimi.

#bbcf1 The Grid by team - Mercedes/Ferrari, Williams, Force India, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Sauber/Renault, Manor, Haas

#TeamWork ! Whenever you have the chance to stand on the podium, all those guys are with you...

#TeamWork ! Whenever you have the chance to stand on the podium, all those guys are with you...

Twenty minutes to go and Jenson Button is cracking on with an ultra soft tyre run. 

He has Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Carlos Sainz and Sebastian Vettel for company on the track.

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One of the best parts about testing is the meme games and trips down memory lane #bbcf1 take us on...🏎👍🏻

Cheers Emily, we've had fun too. Although we may have to rein in our appreciation of the great man...

I have learned that I now HATE Kimi as you guys have big man crush on him... and talked about him way too much. #bbcf1.

Jenson Button has been quietly going about his business on track. He's just completed his 60th lap of the afternoon - five short of race distance in Barcelona.

Meanwhile, a personal best for the day from Esteban Gutierrez - 1:26.555. He's still 12th fastest.

Overhead colour-pop. Jenson hits the 100 lap mark as we enter the final minutes of track action before the #AusGP.

Overhead colour-pop. Jenson hits the 100 lap mark as we enter the final minutes of track action before the #AusGP.

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#bbcf1 As far as I can tell Manor are going to do a Leicester and fight off Haas for the championship

Testing latest

1. Sebastian Vettel 1:22.852 121 laps

2. Carlos Sainz 1:23.134 97 laps

3. Felipe Massa 1:23.644 112 laps

4. Sergio Perez 1:23.721 60 laps

5. Lewis Hamilton 1:24.133 69 laps

6. Daniel Ricciardo 1:24.427 110 laps

7. Jenson Button 1:24.714 102 laps

8. Jolyon Palmer 1:24.859 73 laps

9. Marcus Ericsson 1:25.031 108 laps

10. Romain Grosjean 1:25.255 66 laps

11. Rio Haryanto 1:25.899 45 laps

12. Esteban Gutierrez 1:26.899 5 laps

13. Nico Rosberg 1:28.165 29 laps

Nico Rosberg is on the slide again. 

Esteban Gutierrez is swiftly on board with a timed lap - a 1:26.899 - and that puts him 12th on the timesheet, ahead of the Mercedes driver.

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Are bread slippers aka Loafers? #bbcf1 @BBCSport

Yes Andy! Top work.

'A little disastrous'

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Britain’s newest F1 driver, Jolyon Palmer has not had the easiest of pre-seasons. He has done about two-fifths of the mileage of team-mate Kevin Magnussen in the Renault as a result of reliability problems. This, he said, had been “a little bit disastrous to be honest” and “it is obviously not what you want when you are a rookie trying to turn up in Melbourne and do a good job”. 

However, it’s not all bad news. Palmer says the “base-line car is reasonable” and “at least I have the experience from last year to fall back on”, when he was Lotus’s reserve driver and ran in several practice sessions. 

“If we can work on a bit more this afternoon I am quite confident to turn up to Melbourne and it will be alright.” Palmer has added more than 30 laps to his tally already since lunch, so it’s not looking too bad.

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#bbcf1 Ferrari has impressed, Mercedes will run their car in F1,DTM & LeMans, McLaren has improved but maybe in the doldrums come qualifying

And just as I posted that entry, Haas tweet this.

Ready to go. #Guti21 #F1Testing

Ready to go. #Guti21 #F1Testing

Hmmm, Romain Grosjean is done for the day and Esteban Gutierrez doesn't appear to have done any laps in the Haas this afternoon. 

All smiles one hour ago...

.@EstebanGtz back in the garage with Chief Engineer Ayao Komatsu #F1Testing

.@EstebanGtz back in the garage with Chief Engineer Ayao Komatsu #F1Testing

Winter testing done for me. Let's go racing now !!! 🏁👍👊 #r8g #f1 #AusGP @HaasF1Team

Winter testing done for me. Let's go racing now !!! 🏁👍👊 #r8g #f1 #AusGP @HaasF1Team

Some small improvements from Nico Rosberg, his latest lap a 1:27.472. He is still behind Rio Haryanto.

Imagine saying that come the actual season, although I suppose with the new qualifying format it could happen...

Sebastian Vettel completes his 67th lap of the afternoon and pits. That's the end of his race simulation. 

Felipe Massa, meanwhile, has joined the Friday 100-lap club.

90 minutes to go and Felipe is racking up those laps! 100 and counting... @MassaFelipe19 #FW38 #WeAreRacing

90 minutes to go and Felipe is racking up those laps! 100 and counting... @MassaFelipe19 #FW38 #WeAreRacing

Here are the aforementioned bread slippers.

Amazing scenes.

@bbcf1 Kimi is as awesome as sliced bread... or comfy bread slippers!

@bbcf1 Kimi is as awesome as sliced bread... or comfy bread slippers!

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Right, we are into the final 90 minutes of testing. I know, I know, wipe that tear from your eye. 

What I want to know now is, what have you taken from testing?

Anything and everything you have learnt - from what your expectations for the season are to the revelation that there is such a thing as bread slippers - let me know via #bbcf1.

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@bbcf1 Mclaren in 2011 Did Mclaren copy the gharial ? Or did the gharial copy Mclarens nose ? #worsteverF1mod

@bbcf1 Mclaren in 2011 Did Mclaren copy the gharial ? Or did the gharial copy Mclarens nose ? #worsteverF1mod

It is Sebastian Vettel who is pounding the track today. Combining the Mercedes lap count and they are on 98 for the day, while Vettel is onto lap 110.

The Ferrari man is well into his race simulation at the moment, lapping in the low 1:29s.

Testing latest

1. Sebastian Vettel 1:22.852 108 laps

2. Carlos Sainz 1:23.134 93 laps

3. Felipe Massa 1:23.644 94 laps

4. Sergio Perez 1:23.721 60 laps

5. Lewis Hamilton 1:24.133 69 laps

6. Daniel Ricciardo 1:24.427 90 laps

7. Jenson Button 1:24.714 88 laps

8. Jolyon Palmer 1:24.859 57 laps

9. Marcus Ericsson 1:25.031 76 laps

10. Romain Grosjean 1:25.255 66 laps

11. Rio Haryanto 1:25.899 22 laps

12. Nico Rosberg 1:28.165 29 laps

Vettel is winning!

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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona: "Sebastian Vettel is doing a race simulation in the Ferrari. A crew guy is showing him the pit board which is counting down the laps, and showing him that he is in P1!"

Still "red light" for Marcus #ME9 - the crew is busy working on the #C35 in the garage, 73 laps completed so far

Still "red light" for Marcus #ME9 - the crew is busy working on the #C35 in the garage, 73 laps completed so far

We haven't seen much from Felipe Massa today...until now. 

He's just gone third fastest, clocking 1:23.644. That was on the super softs, almost eight tenths of a second slower than Sebastian Vettel's time on the same compound.

Got £3,593.92 spare?

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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona: "When Formula 1 returns here in May, this open terrace on top of the pit building is where the exclusive Paddock Club hospitality suites will be located. It is where the teams and sponsors entertain their most important guests during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

"The club’s website shows the prices per guest at £735.94 for the Friday, £3,029.47 for two days; and £3,593.92 for three days.

"The price includes fancy food and drink, a place to relax and a view of the main straight and pits, a pit lane walk, access to a grandstand plus, and this is the clincher, a free race programme.

"The most expensive Paddock Club admission is, naturally, Monaco where a two-day pass costs £4501.33."

21 laps on the board for @RHaryantoracing. His fastest lap so far is 1:25.899.

Rio Haryanto has sent Nico Rosberg to the bottom of the timesheet. 

He's got the purple-walled ultra soft tyres on the Manor and improves with 1:25.899 to move up to 11th. That's his best time in testing so far.

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@bbcf1 #worsteverF1mod remember when they experimented with less down force?!?!

@bbcf1 #worsteverF1mod remember when they experimented with less down force?!?!

The modern day equivalent?

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