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Valencia Test Day Four: Raikkonen Pips Kovalainen

Valencia Test Day Four: Raikkonen Pips Kovalainen

Kimi Raikkonen - 2008 TestingOn the final day of testing at Spain’s Valencia circuit Kimi Raikkonen went fastest ahead of fellow Finn Heikki Kovalainen. The margin was small, only 0.017s separated the pair, the Ferrari sandwich completed with Felipe Massa in third a further 0.5s down. Second McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton finished his week in fifth losing out to Kazuki Nakajima in the new Williams for the first time. The Grove team have had a good few days in Valencia with their new car and head to Bahrain with optimism.

BMW showed some improvement over their slightly off form with Robert Kubica posting the sixth fastest time, although Nick Heidfeld could only manage ninth in the F107. Both Scuderia Toro Rosso’s did well again, Sebastian Vettel going eighth behind Toyota’s Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Bourdais popped his modified STR2 into twelfth.

Mark Webber drove the new Red Bull today but only got as high as thirteenth, remaining behind the Toro Rosso’s, after the RBR4’s monocoque was damaged from a knock with a kerb. The Australian couldn’t continue in a damaged car and only completed fifteen laps. A bit further down the pitlane Giancarlo Fisichella was busy in the Force India garage. The Italian toured the circuit 98 times on his way to tenth, outpacing the Renault of Nelson Piquet Jr and both Hondas.

Valencia Times Day Four

1. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m11.189s F2008
2. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m11.206s MP4-23
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m11.831s F2008
4. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m11.971s FW30
5. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m11.994s MP4-23
6. Robert Kubica BMW 1m.12.095s F108
7. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m12.109s TF108
8. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m12.526s STR2
9. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m12.600s F1.08
10. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m12.949s F8-VII
11. Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m12.973s R27
12. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m13.060s STR2
13. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m13.133s RBR4
14. Timo Glock Toyota 1m13.134s TF108
15. Nico Hulkenburg Williams 1m13.306s FW29
16. Jenson Button Honda 1m13.689s RA108
17. Takashi Kogure Honda 1m15.703s RA107

Oliver White

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