Kovalainen quick in Jerez, Hamilton waxed

And then there were two. Final Formula One preseason test teams McLaren Mercedes and Williams F1 took advantage of southern Spain's sunny skies and warm conditions in a penultimate day of testing ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, March...

And then there were two. Final Formula One preseason test teams McLaren Mercedes and Williams F1 took advantage of southern Spain's sunny skies and warm conditions in a penultimate day of testing ahead of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, March 26-29, in Melbourne. Circuito de Jerez in Jerez de la Frontera reached 100 degrees Fahrenheit in air temps above 70.

Heikki Kovalainen continued evaluating aerodynamic parts on the McLaren MP4-24. Lap combinations produced results for single-lap and race-distance efficacy. The Finn turned a best lap of 1 minute, 18.202 seconds on the 2.75-mile course. He covered 85 laps.

Kazuki Nakajima stepped in for setup work on the Toyota-powered Williams FW31. His best lap was a 1:20.023, set on Lap 101 of 103 laps.

"Kazuki spent our penultimate day in Jerez working on mechanical setup and signing off final components for the first race in Melbourne," technical director Sam Michael said. "He'll be in the car again tomorrow for the final day of winter testing."

McLaren lead driver Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussaud's waxworks museum in London. Agence France-Presse reported a $210,000 figure unveiled Wednesday depicts Hamilton in race suit holding a replica of his helmet.

"He has undoubtedly won a place in the nation's hearts for his determination and single-mindedness, and a place at Madame Tussaud's for an amazing track record," AFP quoted a museum representative about the Englishman who won the world title in his second F1 season.

The unveiling marks a March sweep for the sport's youngest and first biracial FIA World Drivers' Champion with the most famous women in London. Just over a week ago, Hamilton, 24, accepted an MBE from Queen Elizabeth.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Lewis Hamilton , Heikki Kovalainen , Kazuki Nakajima
Teams Mercedes , McLaren , Williams