Raikkonen answers Williams at Jerez

Kimi Raikkonen put a stop to Williams' string of top times at Jerez testing today by setting the fastest time of the week in the McLaren MP4-19, and beating the unofficial lap record set by McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa in the 19 in ...

Kimi Raikkonen put a stop to Williams' string of top times at Jerez testing today by setting the fastest time of the week in the McLaren MP4-19, and beating the unofficial lap record set by McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa in the 19 in December.

Raikkonen's best was 1:16.074, two and a half tenths up on Schumacher's top time yesterday in the Williams FW26, and just over a tenth up on de la Rosa's 1:16.203 at the end of last year. The Spaniard was fourth fastest today in the second McLaren.

Schumacher wasn't slacking; just three hundredths behind Raikkonen and Williams tester Marc Gené just over a tenth off the German in third. On the fifth day of Williams' test Schumacher continued development of the FW26 with electronic and tyre testing, while Gené completed a race weekend simulation in the FW25B.

"Ralf and Marc continued the testing schedule today with Ralf concentrating on set up work of the FW26 this morning prior to completing some tyre testing and electronics work this afternoon," said Williams chief operations engineer Sam Michael.

"Despite the gearbox problem we encountered, Ralf is happy with the new car but has identified some areas which still require improvements. Marc successfully completed the endurance run he started yesterday in the FW25B and finished the session in the FW25A performing some electronics and systems work."

Tester Ryan Briscoe was the sole Toyota on track, fifth, and the sixth and seventh fastest to complete the line up were BAR's Jenson Button and Takuma Sato respectively. It was not a great day for Sato, an engine failure cutting short his programme. Button will take on tyre testing duties next week in a wet weather programme for Michelin, while Williams continues its extended test tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Kimi Raikkonen , Marc Gene , Ryan Briscoe
Teams McLaren , Williams