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Raikkonen Fastest On Barcelona Test Day 2

Kimi Raikkonen stormed to the top of the timesheets on day 2 of testing in Barcelona, just a couple of weeks before the season start.

The Finnish driver was easily faster than second place man Kazuki Nakajima, although Raikkonen could only complete 55 laps after a KERS system problem, one of Ferrari’s first reliability problems over the recent tests.

Rubens Barrichello got behind the wheel of the Brawn GP BGP001 for the first time and after putting in 111 laps, the Brazilian found himself in 3rd place.  That car is showing real promise.

Trulli followed in 4th, with a much better day from Webber in 5th and then Heidfeld in 6th.

Kovalainen was 9th for McLaren, lagging slightly behind the Renault of Alonso.

The Toro Rosso’s dream start with the new STR4 is not going too well, major problems with the car which means they need parts to be sent from the Faenza factory hampered running and saw their drivers propping up the table just a day after launch.

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time     Laps
 1.  Raikkonen     Ferrari              (B)  1:20.314   55
 2.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota      (B)  1:20.907   66
 3.  Barrichello   Brawn-Mercedes       (B)  1:20.966  111
 4.  Trulli        Toyota               (B)  1:21.182  121
 5.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault     (B)  1:21.347   66
 6.  Heidfeld      BMW-Sauber           (B)  1:21.615  127
 7.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes (B)  1:21.834   82
 8.  Alonso        Renault              (B)  1:21.937  111
 9.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes     (B)  1:21.991   88
10.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:23.039   14
11.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  no time     6
Impressive display from Kimi

Impressive display from Kimi

Rubens proves the BGP001 is a good car

Rubens proves the BGP001 is a good car

Nakajima had a good day

Nakajima had a good day

McLaren still struggling and using the hi-viz paint

McLaren still struggling and using the hi-viz paint

Michael keeping an eye on things at Ferrari

Michael keeping an eye on things at Ferrari

Trulli - consistent

Trulli - consistent

Pitstop practice vital

Pitstop practice vital

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