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Video: Ferrari bounces back as Leclerc sets fastest time of testing

Charles Leclerc propelled Ferrari back to the top of the Formula 1 testing timesheet, with a benchmark just 0.006 seconds slower than Lewis Hamilton’s 2018 Spanish Grand Prix pole time.

Meanwhile, speculation swells regarding the prospect of Mercedes running two concepts for their W10 during the season…

Here is a round-up of the major stories on the penultimate day of 2019 pre-season testing.

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Why there are no losers with the Leclerc/Raikkonen 2019 seat switch

The latest chapter in a summer of remarkable driver market bombshells has confirmed that Charles Leclerc will join Ferrari after only one season in Formula 1, swapping seats with Kimi Raikkonen for 2019.

The news has generally been met with excitement – Leclerc will be the second youngest Ferrari driver in F1 history when he rolls off the grid as a 21-year-old in Melbourne next season and as one of the most promising talents of his generation, it’s a golden opportunity that has been merited.

But it’s not just Leclerc who emerges from the news as a winner – in fact, nearly every party involved in this particular story can look upon the news positively.

Even Raikkonen.

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Retaining Raikkonen a no-brainer for Ferrari

In what has become an annual news event, Kimi Raikkonen has once again been retained by Ferrari for another season, as the Italian team announced on Tuesday that the 2007 world champion has earned another contract extension.

Not bad for a driver labeled a “laggard” by his boss and Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne earlier this year.

Regardless of this brutally blunt assessment, Raikkonen’s re-signing makes sense for a Ferrari team with plenty to ponder in their immediate future.

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