Raikkonen quickest on day 2

Kimi Raikkonen posted the quickest time at Paul Ricard today, the Ferrari
driver lapping a quarter of a second faster than Lewis Hamilton’s best
effort around the French Circuit yesterday.

The Finn paced 1m 05.381 seconds around the 3.8km test-track, just under a
tenth of a second faster than McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen who had taken over
from Lewis Hamilton on the second day of running.

Robert Kubica, who was hampered by an oil leak yesterday, wound up third
quickest a further four tenths of a second down the line, ahead of David
Coulthard’s Red Bull and Jenson Button in the Honda.

Sebastian Bourdais got his first taste of the new Toro Rosso STR3 car, the
Frenchman lapping within touching distance of the aforementioned Brits.

Jarno Trulli wound up seventh in his revised Toyota featuring a new BMW
inspired rear-wing with steeper end plates. The Italian’s time 1m 06.225 was
just enough to keep him ahead of Renault’s Nelson Piquet with Williams’
Kazuki Nakajima a further few tenths behind.

The Force India pairing of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil ended the
day almost two seconds off the pace, Sutil just pipping his team-mate by a
few hundredths of a second.

Rain threatened to break through the French skyline but eventually held off
with only a few drops at lunchtime. Unlike the first day of testing at Le
Castellet track, there were no red flag incidents.

The track layout will be switched to its long configuration tomorrow to
simulate the characteristics of Montreal where the teams will race after
Monaco.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time      Laps
 1.  Raikkonen     Ferrari              (B)  1:05.381  102
 2.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes     (B)  1:05.471   89
 3.  Kubica        BMW-Sauber           (B)  1:05.905  135
 4.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault     (B)  1:06.001   82
 5.  Button        Honda                (B)  1:06.091  155
 6.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:06.125  110
 7.  Trulli        Toyota               (B)  1:06.205  120
 8.  Piquet        Renault              (B)  1:06.355  193
 9.  Nakajima      Williams             (B)  1:07.080  129
10.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari  (B)  1:07.104   56
11.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari  (B)  1:07.123   64