West McLaren-Mercedes duo, Kimi Raikkonen and Alexander Wurz set the two quickest times today [Wednesday] at the Valencia circuit, Spain.

Raikkonen took the top spot though, one tenth quicker than test driver Wurz.

The Finn completed 66 laps in total, his best a 1 minute 12.335 seconds, which was around a second up on the top time set yesterday by Williams-BMW's Juan Pablo Montoya.

JPM had to make do with the third quickest time today, while Jarno Trulli was fourth for Renault and Giorgio Pantano fifth.

The Italian, who was running for the second day in a Williams-BMW completed 54 laps and was again quicker than regular WilliamsF1 test driver, Marc Gene. Gene's best was a 1m 14.164s, which was around three tenths slower.

WilliamsF1 also gave Vittantonio Liuzzi a run today, the Italian who has raced in the German Formula 3 championship notched up 29 laps and was eighth quickest overall. Seventh, 'the meat in the Williams sandwich' was Nick Heidfeld. Although he lost some time with a minor spin, no damage was caused and all in all he was satisfied with his day.

"There was not any damage to the car after my spin," noted the German, "and we were able to continue the program and have another productive day to continue gathering data to be ready for next season."

Like usual, the Minardi's brought up the rear, official KL test driver Sergey Zlobin again slowest, his best a 1m 19.759s, that compared unfavourably to the time achieved by Matteo Bobbi, who was also in a Minardi and ninth on a 1m 16.645s.

"I am very happy with today's test," commented Bobbi. "Although I only completed a relatively small number of laps. I managed to set a very good time considering that my fastest lap here last year was 1 minute 18 seconds with the same car. I used the PS01-02 chassis, which Franck [Montagny] drove yesterday, and after some initial changes to the set-up, I was able to get on the pace without any problem."

Testing continues tomorrow [Thursday].

Leading times (27 Nov) - Valencia:

1. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.335s 66 laps**
2. Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.430s 29 laps**
3. Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 12.912s 66 laps**
4. Jarno Trulli Renault 1m 13.881s 31 laps**
5. Giorgio Pantano Williams-BMW 1m 13.898s 54 laps**
6. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 14.164s 60 laps**
7. Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1m 14.336s 46 laps*
8. Vittantonio Liuzzi Williams-BMW 1m 14.829s 29 laps**
9. Matteo Bobbi Minardi-European 1m 16.645s 21 laps**
10. Sergei Zlobin Minardi-European 1m 19.759s 51 laps**

Key:
* Bridgestone tyres
** Michelin tyres

Weather / Track Conditions: Dry, sunny with a cool wind.

 

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