Raikkonen fastest at Paul Ricard

Raikkonen fastest at Paul Ricard

Fresh from his victory in Spain, McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen topped the times at the Paul Ricard high-tech test facility in France, where most of the action was to be found on Wednesday. Raikkonen's best was 1:04.106 and team tester Alex Wurz was...

Fresh from his victory in Spain, McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen topped the times at the Paul Ricard high-tech test facility in France, where most of the action was to be found on Wednesday. Raikkonen's best was 1:04.106 and team tester Alex Wurz was also on duty, rounding off the times in 11th. Tyres, set up and suspension were the duo's programme.

Kimi Raikkonen.
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Toyota had both its test drivers at work, with Ricardo Zonta being second quickest, half a second down on Raikkonen. Olivier Panis was eighth overall. Renault also used its testers, Heikki Kovalainen third and Franck Montagny fourth. The pair worked on chassis evaluations and tyres.

Red Bull was fifth and sixth on the timesheet with David Coulthard and Tonio Liuzzi respectively. Test driver Enrique Bernoldi was the quicker of the two BARs present and fellow team tester Anthony Davidson was 10th. Felipe Massa was the sole Sauber at work, ninth, and his focus for the day was tyres and aerodynamic evaluation.

Ferrari carried on at Fiorano, today with Michael Schumacher joining tester Luca Badoer. Both worked on tyres on an artificially watered track and Schumacher set the best time of 1:02.715. The pair will continue at the same track tomorrow.

Williams continued its solo session at Vallelunga with Mark Webber on track with tester Antonio Pizzonia. Webber set the better time of the two, 56.449, while working on set up and tyres. Pizzonia worked on practicing pre-race warm up laps to heat up the tyres.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Kimi Raikkonen , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams