Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - China

McLaren continued their dominance of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend when Kimi Raikkonen lead the team to a one-two finish in Saturday's final practice session in Shanghai

Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - China

Finn Raikkonen completed a morning double when he set the fastest time with a lap of 1:33.212 to lead home teammate Juan Pablo Montoya as McLaren followed up Pedro de la Rosa's double session topping performance from Friday practice.

But the Renault pair continue to sit on McLaren's tails and Fernando Alonso claimed the third best time for the Anglo-French outfit, 0.581 seconds slower than Raikkonen, with his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella fourth.

The session, run under bright but hazy sunshine in temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius, hinted at a strong battle for the constructors' Championship when the two teams go head-to-head on Sunday.

David Coulthard finished a satisfying fifth for Red Bull Racing, just ahead of the sixth-plaed Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello, who won this race last year, and Briton Jenson Button in the leading BAR-Honda machine in seventh.

Outgoing World Champion Michael Schumacher finished eighth fastest, 1.595 seconds off the pace of Raikkonen, with the Williams duo of Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber completing the top ten.

Fisichella and BAR-Honda driver Takuma Sato both spun at the second corner and Button, Webber, Sato and Jordan pair Tiago Monteiro and Narain Karthikeyan all made mistakes at turn 14 during the session.

Raikkonen set the fastest time as McLaren took control in the opening session with the Finn's lap of 1:34.253 putting him 0.193 seconds ahead of teammate Montoya with the two Renaults in third and fourth.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:33.212 12 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:33.554 + 0.342 12 3. Alonso Renault (M) 1:33.793 + 0.581 13 4. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:34.392 + 1.180 11 5. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:34.453 + 1.241 14 6. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:34.535 + 1.323 12 7. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:34.729 + 1.517 12 8. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:34.807 + 1.595 11 9. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1:34.835 + 1.623 10 10. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:35.004 + 1.792 8 11. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:35.107 + 1.895 13 12. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:35.179 + 1.967 13 13. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:35.280 + 2.068 17 14. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:35.310 + 2.098 3 15. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:35.371 + 2.159 15 16. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:35.488 + 2.276 8 17. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:35.693 + 2.481 13 18. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:36.397 + 3.185 15 19. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:36.417 + 3.205 11 20. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:36.558 + 3.346 14 All timing unofficial 
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