Raikkonen tops last day at Barcelona

Raikkonen tops last day at Barcelona

McLaren annexed the top of the times on the last day of testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, with Kimi Raikkonen fastest and team test driver Alex Wurz second on the time sheet. Raikkonen's best was 1:15.388 and Wurz was a tenth and a half...

McLaren annexed the top of the times on the last day of testing at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, with Kimi Raikkonen fastest and team test driver Alex Wurz second on the time sheet. Raikkonen's best was 1:15.388 and Wurz was a tenth and a half behind. Poor weather hampered the 10 drivers on track and McLaren switched to wet tyre testing to end its week.

Kimi Raikkonen.
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"The changeable weather conditions today meant that we could focus on both wet weather and intermediate tyre testing for Michelin, and the team worked well to change our programme from that which we had originally planned," said Raikkonen.

Sauber picked up its pace on the last day and Felipe Massa was third, although a second off the pace of the McLarens. The team is not yet satisfied. "Overall, we have found some results during our test this week, but we are still not at the pace we want to be and need to work for further improvements," said race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara.

Williams also moved up the time sheet from previous day with Nick Heidfeld fourth and tester Antonio Pizzonia fifth. The team's week focused on tyres, aerodynamics, traction control and set up. BMW motorsport director Mario Theissen said some significant mileage had been done on the engines and work on optimising starts.

Michael Schumacher led the two Ferraris on track in sixth and team test driver Luca Badoer was ninth. Badoer drove the F2004M and Schumacher F2005 and the pair completed just over 50 laps between them. Both will be back at work at Mugello next week, while Rubens Barrichello will be on track at Fiorano.

Takuma Sato headed the pair of BARs in seventh, with test driver Enrique Bernoldi one behind in eighth and both worked on tyres. "This week has been an extremely positive test for us," said chief test engineer Mark Ellis. "We have worked solidly on the performance of the car and have made definite progress."

Red Bull's Vitantonio Liuzzi, who will race for the first time at Imola, took over from teammate David Coulthard and rounded off the times in 10th.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Vitantonio Liuzzi , Mark Ellis
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams