McLaren Fly, Kanaan Makes F1 Debut

Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa set a blistering pace on the penultimate day of testing at the Jerez circuit, as the McLaren team continued to show they are Formula One's pace setters at the moment

McLaren Fly, Kanaan Makes F1 Debut

De la Rosa's time of 1:15.737 was less than a tenth off the circuit's unofficial record, set by Michael Schumacher last year.

The McLaren test driver, quickest on Wednesday, finished ahead of teammate Alexander Wurz as the British squad dominated today's session.

IRL champion Tony Kanaan had his first taste of a Formula One car as he tested for BAR-Honda at the Spanish circuit.
 
The Brazilian spent the day acclimatising to the demands of a Grand Prix car, covering a total of 50 laps to finish over 1.5 seconds off Anthony Davidson's pace in the second BAR007.

Kanaan had an eventful day, spinning off the track a couple of times and also losing about an hour of work due to an electrical problem in the morning.

BAR test driver Davidson worked at the wheel of a 2006 development car, which incorporated new software and a revised rear end. The Briton, fifth quickest, had two chassis at his disposal for comparison purposes.

Italian Jarno Trulli took over from German teammate Ralf Schumacher at the wheel of the Toyota TF105B, the revised car the Japanese squad have been developing for weeks. 

Toyota's third driver Ricardo Zonta, meanwhile, continued to put miles on the V8-engined car, the Brazilian covering 58 laps of the Spanish circuit.

Renault's RDD driver Lucas di Grassi made his Formula One debut with the French team, the young Brazilian driving one of the two R25s on track. The other was driven by test driver Franck Montagny, who was third quickest today.

Di Grassi was slowest on the day, nearly four seconds behind Montagny.

The Jerez test finishes tomorrow.

Today's times:

Pos  Driver        Team                Tyres  Time     Laps
 1.  de la Rosa    McLaren-Mercedes     (M)  1:15:737  107
 2.  Wurz          McLaren-Mercedes     (M)  1:16:419  117
 3.  Montagny      Renault              (M)  1:16:543  121
 4.  Klien         Red Bull-Cosworth    (M)  1:16:791  121
 5.  Davidson      BAR-Honda            (M)  1:17:535   93
 6.  Trulli        Toyota               (M)  1:18:836   89
 7.  Kanaan        BAR-Honda            (M)  1:19:114   50
 8.  Zonta         Toyota               (M)  1:20:111   58
 9.  di Grassi     Renault              (M)  1:21:501   50
 
All Timing Unofficial

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