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Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Canada

McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen claimed the fastest time of the weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Saturday's final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as he and Championship leader Fernando Alonso went head-to-head

Finn Raikkonen rose to the challenge set by Spaniard Alonso as he set his time of 1:14.232 in the dying seconds of the session to push himself 0.438 seconds clear of his Renault rival.

Raikkonen put in a strong performance to prove his McLaren team are the ones to beat here this weekend and his Colombian teammate Juan Pablo Montoya backed up his efforts with a third-best time of 1:14.745.

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, in the second Renault, ensured the two Championship-leading teams filled the top four positions while Japanese BAR-Honda driver Takuma Sato claimed fifth.

Ralf Schumacher, who has been on pole for the last two years here, finished sixth for Toyota, pushing Briton Jenson Button down to seventh in the second BAR-Honda machine.

World Champion Michael Schumacher, who has won the last three races here, spun at turn seven during the session as he pushed to find the limits of his poorly performing Ferrari and finished the session in eighth place.

German Nick Heidfeld finished ninth fastest for Williams, a team that has gone well at this circuit in recent years, as he pipped tenth-placed teammate Mark Webber by almost two tenths.

Jordan driver Narain Karthikeyan, who has suffered a difficult weekend following criticism from team boss Colin Kolles, endured a trip across the gravel as he struggled with an ill-handling car.

Felipe Massa also kicked up the dust when he went across the kerbs at turn nine and Mark Webber went off track at turn eight, as did Alonso and Coulthard at the first corner and Christijan Albers spin right at the end.

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time                  Laps
 1.  Raikkonen     McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:14.232               12
 2.  Alonso        Renault           (M)  1:14.670  +    0.438   15
 3.  Montoya       McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:14.745  +    0.513   13
 4.  Fisichella    Renault           (M)  1:14.746  +    0.514   19
 5.  Sato          BAR-Honda         (M)  1:14.883  +    0.651   16
 6.  R.Schumacher  Toyota            (M)  1:15.280  +    1.048   12
 7.  Button        BAR-Honda         (M)  1:15.282  +    1.050   13
 8.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari           (B)  1:15.316  +    1.084   13
 9.  Heidfeld      Williams-BMW      (M)  1:15.723  +    1.491   11
10.  Webber        Williams-BMW      (M)  1:15.894  +    1.662   14
11.  Barrichello   Ferrari           (B)  1:15.995  +    1.763   14
12.  Massa         Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:16.020  +    1.788   13
13.  Trulli        Toyota            (M)  1:16.063  +    1.831    8
14.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:16.341  +    2.109   15
15.  Villeneuve    Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:16.355  +    2.123   13
16.  Klien         Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:16.355  +    2.123   15
17.  Karthikeyan   Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:17.215  +    2.983   12
18.  Monteiro      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:17.618  +    3.386   19
19.  Friesacher    Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:17.621  +    3.389   13
20.  Albers        Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:17.725  +    3.493   14

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