Raikkonen sets Barcelona pace

Apr 30, 2007 - 5:52 PM BARCELONA, Spain (Ticker) -- Kimi Raikkonen posted the quickest time on the first of a three-day test session in Barcelona on Monday.

All 11 Formula One teams finally returned to the racetrack in the middle of a four-week break between grands prix.

With no San Marino event on this year's calendar, teams have the opportunity to focus on development. Many new components - mainly aerodynamic features - were being put through their paces at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With the Spanish Grand Prix just under two weeks away, the teams also have the chance to find the best set-up for their cars.

And it was the Ferrari of Raikkonen, one of three co-leaders in the current points standings, who led the way. The Finn completed 98 laps - his best was 1 minute, 21.195 seconds - and was almost seven-tenths of a second faster than the Super Aguri of Takuma Sato, who was second-fastest.

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was eight-tenths behind Raikkonen, followed by the Toyota of Ralf Schumacher and the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld.

Honda's Rubens Barrichello put in the longest stint of the 12 drivers, completing 132 laps for sixth fastest.

Renault, Spyker and Williams had their test drivers on show, while Vitantonio Liuzzi was eighth for Toro Rosso and David Coulthard ninth for Red Bull.






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