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Summary

  1. Final day of pre-season testing
  2. Raikkonen clocks fastest time in testing so far
  3. McLaren breaks down twice in the morning
  4. Hamilton thinks Ferrari 'bluffing' about pace
  5. Get involved - #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Don't worry, Sean. Andrew Benson will be looking at what we have learned in testing in his piece later today. Keep an eye out for it on the website.

That's it from me. Thanks for your many excellent contributions and see you in two weeks for the first race of the season in Australia.

I'm off to my local Karaoke to work my way through an Alonso Karaoke playlist. Goodbye. 

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Sean Barron: Probably read over analysis after analysis after analysis until I'm dreaming of tyre compounds and fuel loads.

Thanks #bbcf1 and @Gary_Rose83 for another year of entertaining #F1Test live reporting.

Thanks Dan. It is tweets like this that make writing (and dreaming!) about testing for 40 hours in four days worthwhile!

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Testing day eight - final times

1) Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - 1:18.634 - supersofts

2) Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 1:19.438 - supersofts

3) Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso) - 1:19.837 - ultrasofts

4) Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - 1:19.845 - supersofts

5) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - 1:19.850 - softs  

6) Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) - 1:19.885 - ultrasofts

7) Sergio Perez (Force India) - 1:20.116 - ultrasofts

8) Jolyon Palmer (Renault) - 1:20.205 - ultrasofts  

9) Lance Stroll (Williams) - 1:20.335 - softs

10) Romain Grosjean (Haas) - 1:21.110 - ultrasofts

11) Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - 1:21.389 - ultrasofts  

12) Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) - 1:21.670 - supersofts

13) Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber) - 1:23.527 - softs

Chequered flag

That's a wrap for pre-season testing.

Kimi Raikkonen takes the fastest lap gong thanks to that scorcher this morning.

A personal best through the middle sector for Lewis Hamilton, good lap on the cards? Good, yes but not his best. It's a 1:19.915.

That is looking like being that.

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Jake Rossiter: Would love to see the Ferrari and Mercedes have a proper blat at the end here and show genuine'ish pace  

Ten minutes to go. It looks like Mercedes are keeping us guessing until Australia.

Fernando Alonso is back out to add a couple of laps to his tally. He's on 40.

Ferrari have got to the bottom of the issue that caused Kimi Raikkonen's stop earlier and he heads back out with 15 minutes to go.

That's it for Haas in testing. Next stop, Australia.

Sadly a water leak means we won't be back out today with @RGrosjean. He ends the day with 76 laps logged and a best time of 1:21.110. #F1


          How things have changed. Surtees relaxing with mum & dad during a 1957 meet, when he was a factory MV Augusta rider

How things have changed. Surtees relaxing with mum & dad during a 1957 meet, when he was a factory MV Augusta rider

Just heard the terribly sad news that the wonderful John Surtees has passed away. What a talented, lovely lovely man. We've lost a rare gem.

Kimi Raikkonen hasn't been out since he came to a stop an hour or so ago. Will we see him again before the end of the session? Ferrari have 20 minutes remaining if they plan to send him back out.

Half an hour to go and Lewis Hamilton returns to the track.

Could we see a late push for a statement-making time?

Another improvement for Fernando Alonso. 

Ultra-softs on his McLaren, he improves to 1:21.389 and is up to 11th.

Reliability was an issue for Lewis Hamilton last season. Has that gremlin been firmly dealt with?

Mercedes has just exceeded the 5.000km barrier #F1Testing

Mercedes has just exceeded the 5.000km barrier #F1Testing

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F1 journalist Dan Knutson in Barcelona: The first four races of the season are all “flyaways” in Australia, China, Bahrain and Russia. The next time the teams will have their transporters [and the engineers’ rooms on top of them] in the paddock will be when the F1 circus returns to Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix in mid-May.

Green flag

The session is back under way. 

Thirty seven laps on the board for Fernando Alonso. How close to a Spanish GP race distance can he get before the chequered flag?

John Surtees tributes

Steven Todd: John Surtees RIP - the word LEGEND is tossed about too readily nowadays, wholly appropriate in his case  

Lord Roger: John Surtees will remain a legend. I doubt that anyone will match his feat of titles on 2&4 wheels.

Q: R.I.P John Surtees. A legend and a gentleman.

We're still waiting for Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso to be recovered so we can finish the day's testing. He had come to a stop on the main straight.

Forty minutes to go.

Just before the red flag Lewis Hamilton, who has had a quiet afternoon, posted his best time of the day with a 1:19.850 on ultra-softs to move up to fifth.

Red flag

Red flag again. It's the Toro Rosso this time.

John Surtees dies at 83

Bob Price: One wonders if the legend of John Surtees will ever be equalled in this modern era. An icon of motorsport

John Shockley: Privileged to meet John Surtees more than once at Goodwood FOS. An absolute gentleman and utter legend. Will be sorely missed.  

Even better now from Fernando Alonso as he does a 1:21.811 on softs. It's looking like an encouraging end to the day for McLaren. Still not great, but better than things looked this morning.

Fernando Alonso is up to 34 laps for the day, the latest of which is a 1:22.412. That's a personal best for the day but he remains P12.

There's one hour of testing remaining and I'll continue to provide updates on the closing stages but please send through your tributes to John Surtees. 

As Andrew Benson puts it, a legend.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

John Surtees is the only man to have won the grand prix world championship on both two wheels and four. A legend  

Former F1 & motorcycling champion John Surtees dies

A statement on the Henry Surtees Foundation Facebook page reads: "It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our husband and father, John Surtees CBE.

John, ‪83, was admitted to St Georges Hospital, London in February with an existing respiratory condition and after a short period in intensive care he passed away peacefully this afternoon. His wife, Jane and daughters, Leonora and Edwina were by his side.

John was a loving husband, father, brother and friend. He was also one of the true greats of motorsport and continued to work tirelessly up until recently with The Henry Surtees Foundation and Buckmore Park Kart Circuit.

We deeply mourn the loss of such an incredible, kind and loving man as well as celebrate his amazing life. He has set a very real example of someone who kept pushing himself at his peak and one who continued fighting until the very end.

We would like to thank all the staff at St George’s Hospital and The East Surrey Hospital for their professionalism and support during this difficult time for us. Thank you also to all of those who have sent their kind messages in recent weeks.

Some very sad news. John Surtees, the 1964 Formula 1 world champion, has died.

Lewis Hamilton has been back out after the resumption of the session. Just the one lap before heading back in.

Where's circuit cat?

Thanks to you all for your many pictures from around the circuit today. Great to have extra eyes out there.

In fact, if anyone sees circuit cat can you get a picture? I am starting to worry I imagined it.

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