Webber Fastest in Practice 4 - Bahrain

Williams driver Mark Webber shot to the top of the timesheets with a lap in the dying seconds of final practice on Saturday, as the teams put in final preparations for first qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix

Webber Fastest in Practice 4 - Bahrain

Australian Webber, who has not figured in the leading times over most of the weekend, pulled out a surprise when he set a time of 1:29.527 to put himself 0.184 seconds clear of Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher.

But the session was a disappointment for World Champion Michael Schumacher, who had finished fastest in the first morning run, when he finished down in ninth position, a little more than half a second off the pace.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso finished third and sixth respectively in the Renault cars with Jarno Trulli fourth in the second Toyota and Kimi Raikkonen fifth for McLaren.

Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa, substituting for ill Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, finished seventh with Austrian Christian Klien eighth for Red Bull and German Nick Heidfeld, in the second Williams, completing the top ten.

Tiago Montiero spun his Jordan at turn ten, as did Ralf Schumacher, who returned to the pits with badly flat-spotted tyres while his brother Michael had to be pushed back into the garage after stopping in the pitlane.

Jenson Button was the early session leader but his time was surpassed by Raikkonen with 20 minutes to go as the McLaren driver became the first man to ever get into the 1:29s at the Sakhir circuit.

Trulli then went faster still in the Toyota but his teammate Ralf Schumacher, who has been struggling for much of the weekend, found his pace and put himself ahead at the top by 0.087 seconds.

With five minutes to go the top four drivers - Schumacher, Fisichella, who had slotted into second, Trulli and Raikkonen - were covered by less than a tenth of a second with the top seven covered by less than a quarter of a second.

Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello was forced to sit out the second session, as he had the first, after the team had made a temporary repair to a gearbox problem to allow him to put in a run in first qualifying.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:29.527 10 2. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:29.711 + 0.184 12 3. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:29.738 + 0.211 15 4. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:29.798 + 0.271 12 5. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:29.810 + 0.283 10 6. Alonso Renault (M) 1:29.825 + 0.298 12 7. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:29.864 + 0.337 10 8. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:29.896 + 0.369 11 9. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:30.080 + 0.553 8 10. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:30.290 + 0.763 6 11. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:30.324 + 0.797 12 12. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:30.558 + 1.031 11 13. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:30.902 + 1.375 15 14. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:31.001 + 1.474 11 15. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:31.126 + 1.599 12 16. Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:32.498 + 2.971 10 17. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:32.686 + 3.159 12 18. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:33.715 + 4.188 12 19. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:34.409 + 4.882 12 20. Barrichello Ferrari (B) No Time All timing unofficial 
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