Kimi Raikkonen continued to spoil Lewis Hamilton's homecoming party by stamping his authority on the British Grand Prix weekend once again in final free practice, as the crowd's favourite trailed more than half a second off the pace.

The Finn dominated the session as he had dominated most of Friday, being the first driver from one of the grandee teams to put in an appearance and immediately shooting to the top of the timesheets from where he would not be displaced, registering the quickest lap of the weekend to date.

Fernando Alonso ultimately got closest to the Magny-Cours winner courtesy of a late effort just over one-and-a-half tenths adrift, to suggest there might at least be some opposition to a scarlet washout in qualifying, with Raikkonen's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa third.

Hamilton would end up fourth, though a staggering six tenths away from Raikkonen, with fellow former GP2 king Nico Rosberg an excellent fifth for Williams as the Grove-based outfit celebrates 30 years in motor racing's highest echelon this weekend.

Ralf Schumacher continued Toyota's strong form from Friday and last month's test at the circuit in sixth, as the German stakes his claim for an extended future in Formula 1, with Vitantonio Liuzzi a surprise package in seventh for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Team-mate Scott Speed was also right up there midway through the session, but would eventually slip back to 13th spot, albeit only just over a tenth of a second shy of the Italian.

Heikki Kovalainen was eighth as Renault climb progressively up the order in preparation for a concerted qualifying attack, with Nick Heidfeld a low-key ninth as BMW-Sauber continue to struggle a little on British soil.

Anthony Davidson once more rounded out the top ten for Super Aguri, as the Briton seeks to register his maiden top ten qualifying performance in the top flight in front of his loyal supporters. Giancarlo Fisichella ended up eleventh ahead of Mark Webber, Speed, Rubens Barrichello in the first of the Hondas and Williams' Alex Wurz, who suffered a couple of spins en route.

Robert Kubica, Jarno Trulli and newly re-signed Red Bull Racing ace David Coulthard in 16th, 17th and 18th respectively were all far lower than might have been expected, and will no doubt be hoping for a somewhat higher placing in qualifying, though such was the tightness of the midfield just half a second would have lifted the latter an incredible eleven places.

After missing Friday's second outing due to back strain, Jenson Button was a lowly 19th as he gets set to head into qualifying for his home grand prix, with Takuma Sato and the Spyker pairing of Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil completing the order.

Qualifying is due to get underway at 1pm UK time.

To see the times in full, Click Here



Loading Comments...