Raikkonen tops Jerez test times

Another busy day at Jerz saw 16 drivers on track and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took the top of the times at the start of his winter testing. The Finn returned to the cockpit for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix and clocked the best of...

Another busy day at Jerz saw 16 drivers on track and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took the top of the times at the start of his winter testing. The Finn returned to the cockpit for the first time since the Brazilian Grand Prix and clocked the best of the day, 1:16.658. That makes three days in a row, with three different drivers, that McLaren has been fastest.

Juan Pablo Montoya was at the top of the time sheet on Tuesday, tester Pedro de la Rosa on Wednesday, and now Raikkonen. Team test driver Alex Wurz was also on track on Thursday and was eighth quickest as he and Raikkonen continued McLaren's scheduled tyre programme. The pair will be at work tomorrow as well.

The Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were second and third quickest respectively and were followed by the Williams' of Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld. Webber, fourth, worked on set up and practised starts, while Heidfeld, fifth, did long runs to evaluate tyres as he continued to familiarise himself with the car. Nick was just seven hundredths off Mark's time.

Test driver Franck Montagny was sixth for Renault, with race driver Giancarlo Fisichella seventh. Montagny racked up 151 laps working on tyres but Fisichella only did 20 due to mechanical problems. However, Giancarlo was only a tenth behind Montagny despite his limited track time, and reported the car was generally handling well.

David Coulthard was once again behind the wheel of a Red Bull car and was ninth fastest. Christian Klien was 12th and Vitantonio Liuzzi 13th. Coulthard maintained his half a second advantage over Klien from Wednesday, while Liuzzi was just under two tenths down on Christian.

Jenson Button headed a trio of BARs in 10th, while testers Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi rounded off the times in 15th and 16th respectively. Rubens Barrichello also returned to work after his break and was 11th for Ferrari, and team tester Luca Badoer was 14th. They continued with tyre work and testing new components.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams