Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Germany

Championship challenger Kimi Raikkonen led a McLaren one-two in the final practice session for the German Grand Prix on Saturday as the pre-race favourites continued to dominate at Hockenheim

Raikkonen Fastest in Practice 4 - Germany

McLaren, who need to win to claw their way back into the title race, have been dominant all weekend, finishing fastest in every session so far with Raikkonen posting the fastest lap of the race drivers every time he has been on track.

And there was no change as the teams made final preparations for qualifying when Raikkonen set a time of 1:14.128, his fastest of the weekend, to lead home second-placed teammate Juan Pablo Montoya by 0.321 seconds.

Fernando Alonso continued to maintain his position as best of the rest as the Renault driver posted a time 0.630 seconds slower than Raikkonen while teammate Giancarlo Fisichella made it two Renaults in the top four.

Jenson Button finished fifth fastest in his BAR-Honda, giving him some hope of a third consecutive points finish on Sunday, while Mark Webber completed the session sixth fastest for Williams.

German World Champion Michael Schumacher, who headed into this weekend in pessimistic mood, provided some home cheer with sixth fastest time as he split the Williams cars and pushed compatriot Nick Heidfeld down to eighth.

Christian Klien finished ninth fastest in the lead Red Bull and Jarno Trulli completed the top ten for Toyota but finished 1.289 seconds off the pace of the lead McLaren.

With 20 minutes of the session gone Montoya led the way but only with a slight advantage of 0.050 seconds over Raikkonen while Klien was sitting in third for Red Bull.

Alonso then put in a fast lap to go top with 17 minutes left to run with a time of 1:14.758 but Raikkonen immediately responded and returned to the top spot when he went 0.630 seconds quicker then Montoya moved into second.

Trulli had a brief off at turn three early in the session, Alonso put a wheel wide on one of his flying laps, Jacques Villeneuve made a mistake at turn six and Schumacher went off at turn eight.

Schumacher was forced to return to the pits after going off at turn eight and Jordan driver Tiago Monteiro's Jordan had to be dragged clear after he beached it in a gravel trap with 10 minutes to go.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:14.128 11 2. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:14.449 + 0.321 16 3. Alonso Renault (M) 1:14.758 + 0.630 12 4. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:14.958 + 0.830 15 5. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:15.072 + 0.944 15 6. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:15.111 + 0.983 10 7. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:15.253 + 1.125 12 8. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:15.255 + 1.127 10 9. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:15.388 + 1.260 14 10. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:15.417 + 1.289 14 11. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:15.491 + 1.363 13 12. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:15.585 + 1.457 18 13. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:15.699 + 1.571 18 14. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:15.781 + 1.653 12 15. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:16.037 + 1.909 13 16. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1:16.072 + 1.944 11 17. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:16.674 + 2.546 14 18. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:16.912 + 2.784 14 19. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:17.210 + 3.082 16 20. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:17.966 + 3.838 11 All timing unofficial 
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