Practice 3: Raikkonen still top

Kimi Raikkonen continued McLaren's renaissance and went some way to proving yesterday's performance in the new MP4-19B was no fluke by setting the fastest time in the third free practice session for the British Grand Prix. What's more, the Finn only needed five laps to set a time 0.153s faster than home hero Jenson Button

Raikkonen achieved his time of 1m19.315s right near the end of the session bumping Button from the top slot. The Finn's lap was some 0.7s slower than he had managed yesterday afternoon, but then no-one else seemed to get near their Friday pace during this morning's first 45 minutes.

In another dry but overcast session, the Michelin-shod runners again appeared to have the pace of the Ferraris, running on Bridgestones, despite the Japanese tyres supposedly being better suited to the cooler conditions. Michael Schumacher could manage only third fastest time despite 13 laps of running. Only Jaguar's Christian Klien completed more laps.

The German even had a half-spin at Brooklands near the end of the session while pushing hard. Rubens Barrichello lapped within a tenth of his Ferrari team-mate, but both Italian cars were 0.20s slower than the McLaren.

Juan Pablo Montoya, in the revised FW26 was fifth fastest having been quickest for 10 minutes midway through the session. Jarno Trulli was sixth quickest ahead of David Coulthard and Takuma Sato.

Fernando Alonso was ninth fastest in the second Renault ahead of Marc Gene, who set the pace early in the session in his second race standing in the for the injured Ralf Schumacher at Williams.

Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella were next up in the Saubers, unable to match the C23's pace from yesterday when the Italian was second quickest overall. Toyota's Cristiano da Matta was 13th fastest ahead of Mark Webber's Jaguar, some 1.9s off the ultimate pace at the team's home event. Olivier Panis and Christian Klien were next ahead of the two Jordan Cosworths of Giorgio Pantano and Nick Heidfeld.

Neither Minardi drivers Gianmaria Bruni or Zsolt Baumgartner ran during the session, following the death overnight of the team's sporting director John Walton. It is unclear whether they will take part in the second session.

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