Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Europe

McLaren set themselves up for Saturday's grid-deciding qualifying session for the European Grand Prix with a perfect performance in final practice, as Kimi Raikkonen narrowly beat Juan Pablo Montoya to the top time

Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Europe

Raikkonen left it late to beat Montoya, as the McLaren pair matched each other throughout the session, and he finished with a time of 1:29.680, as the Renault pair of Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella settled for second best.

Alonso finished 0.307 seconds slower than Raikkonen with Fisichella 0.391 seconds back as the teams completed their final preparations for the grid-deciding qualifying session.

Jarno Trulli finished fifth fastest for Toyota, with Nick Heidfeld sixth for Williams and Takuma Sato seventh as BAR-Honda continue their racing return after being banned from the last two events.

Ralf Schumacher, in the second Toyota, split the two BAR drivers in eighth with Jenson Button ninth fastest and Michael Schumacher put Ferrari inside the top ten with a lap some 1.346 seconds slower than the lead pace.

Indian Narain Karthikeyan suffered a high-speed 360-degree spin early in the session when he lost control of his Jordan on the main straight and careered onto the tarmac run-off and Jarno Trulli missed the apex at the chicane.

Montoya led the session early on but Alonso put in a lap of 1:29, 987, the first time anyone has broken the 1:30s barrier this weekend, with 20 minutes of the session left to run.

Raikkonen then went quicker still, faster by almost two tenths of a second, as track temperatures rose to 39 degrees Celsius with air temperatures up to 26 degrees and blue skies above the circuit.

Montoya upped the pace even further when he moved ahead of Raikkonen by just 0.009 seconds but Raikkonen then exerted his authority in the closing seconds to claim top spot by 0.109 seconds.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:29.680 11 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:29.789 + 0.109 13 3. Alonso Renault (M) 1:29.987 + 0.307 15 4. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:30.071 + 0.391 14 5. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:30.552 + 0.872 12 6. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:30.559 + 0.879 9 7. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:30.645 + 0.965 12 8. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:30.692 + 1.012 14 9. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:30.773 + 1.093 13 10. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:31.026 + 1.346 14 11. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:31.449 + 1.769 10 12. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:31.572 + 1.892 17 13. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:32.054 + 2.374 9 14. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:32.079 + 2.399 11 15. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:32.172 + 2.492 14 16. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:33.140 + 3.460 14 17. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:33.977 + 4.297 16 18. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:34.527 + 4.847 17 19. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:34.640 + 4.960 12 20. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:35.087 + 5.407 14 All timing unofficial 
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