Final full pre-season test begins

McLaren edged out Ferrari on the first day of this week s final full pre-season test with Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheets.

The morning started off damp, but a dry line appeared on-track early in the afternoon allowing teams to get a good test session in. Second fastest man of the day was Kimi Raikkonen, just a couple of hundredths behind Hamilton s time, with Michael Schumacher managing third place.

Nick Heidfeld had a small mechanical problem in the morning which saw him stopped on track, stranded between Turns 4 and 5. The problem was soon resolved and he was able to carry on testing. Sebastien Vettel went off at Turn 3 early in the morning, bringing out a red flag, with Nelson Piquet bringing out the last red flag of the day when he tapped the pit wall entry early in the afternoon.

Unofficial Test Times (26/02/08)

Pos  Driver        Team                   Time      Laps
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes       1:22.276   78
 2.  Raikkonen     Ferrari                1:22.319   82
 3.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari                1:22.428   83
 4.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota        1:22.724   54
 5.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes       1:22.852   71
 6.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota        1:22.974  108
 7.  Alonso        Renault                1:23.021   79
 8.  Heidfeld      BMW-Sauber             1:23.075   75
 9.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault       1:23.091   62
10.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:23.115   71
11.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari    1:23.188   95
12.  Klien         BMW-Sauber             1:23.239   43
13.  Liuzzi        Force India-Ferrari    1:23.270   70
14.  Piquet        Renault                1:23.442   42
15.  Glock         Toyota                 1:23.609   86
16.  Kobayashi     Toyota                 1:23.880   29
17.  Barrichello   Honda                  1:24.460  115
18.  Wurz          Honda                  1:24.667  109
19.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault       1:24.826   25