Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Lewis Hamilton had the measure of Ferrari for a second successive day as he again set the fastest time in the final pre-season test at Barcelona.

With the curtain-raising grand prix in Australia now 19 days away, Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen were considerably quicker than world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

On a dry day, the 22-year-old was almost a second quicker than his best time of Monday - posting a lap of one minute 21.234 seconds for the 4.655km Circuit de Catalunya.

Kovalainen was 0.2secs adrift, with Raikkonen almost 0.5secs off the pace - and while it is difficult to determine fuel loads in testing, there is no doubt Hamilton will be buoyed by the result.

Williams again suggested they will be pushing the old guard as Nico Rosberg was fourth fastest ahead of Felipe Massa, resuming testing duties from Michael Schumacher in the other Ferrari.

Force India's Giancarlo Fisichella was seventh quickest, followed by Sebastian Vettel - who was driving for Red Bull on Tuesday rather than Toro Rosso.

David Coulthard was forced to withdraw with a neck injury sustained on Monday - and with Red Bull Racing running two cars this week and Toro Rosso the one, Vettel switched between the sister teams.

1 comment:

Raj said...

Hamilon's great indeed, it's very very likely I think that he'll be champion this coming season...