Spanish GP - Saturday - Practice Session 3 Report

Ferraris to the fore

Felipe Massa, Spanish GP 2009

Felipe Massa, Spanish GP 2009 

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Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest times of the morning session in Barcelona on Saturday, the pair around half a second clear the two Brawns, an indication that the cars were being run very light as it is inconceivable that the Italian cars have made a leap forward of 0.7secs per lap.

The BMW Sauber of Robert Kubica - hopelessly off the pace a fortnight ago in Bahrain - was fifth fastest ahead of the Toyota of Jarno Trulli, Lewis Hamilton's McLaren, the second Toyota of Timo Glock and the Toro Rosso of Sebastien Buemi. Fernando Alonso was 10th fastest in his Renault.

It was a surprise not to see the two Williams or the two Red Bulls in the picture but this was a clear indication that the times in the session should not be taken too seriously and we may get a very different picture by the end of qualifying.

BMW's Nick Heidfeld was down at the back of the field after an off which broke the nose of his car.


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