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

Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Canada

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 All timing unofficial 
shares
comments
Alonso Fastest in Practice 3 - Canada
Previous article

Alonso Fastest in Practice 3 - Canada

Next article

Button Takes Surprising Pole in Canada

Button Takes Surprising Pole in Canada
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Plus

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022