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Jerez test: Day three // McLaren lead the way on third day of Jerez test

Published by Christine

Pedro de la Rosa helped McLaren reclaim the top spot during testing today. He and driver Lewis Hamilton continued to focus on the tyres and to develop the suspension packages. Hamilton suffered some pneumatic engine issues in the morning, but it didn't hamper him too much and he still finished fourth in the time sheets.

Jarno Trulli was second in line, for Toyota's last day of testing in 2006. Much of the spotlight was on Olivier Panis, however, as the Toyota test-driver took to the track for his last ever test. Panis was suffering from a cold, which put a toll on the celebrations, and on his driving, as the Frenchman only managed to complete 27 laps before handing the baton to the younger Kohei Hirate.

Giancarlo Fisichella was another driver suffering from mechanical problems, as his gear box needed a closer look by the Renault mechanics. The problem was easily fixed and Fisichella was back on track in the afternoon.

It's a shame I could not cover more laps today, but the small incident I had was quickly identified and analysed. That's why we are testing!

- Giancarlo Fisichella

His team-mate Heikki Kovalainen covered 110 laps, more than making up any shortfall Renault could have wanted. He finished eighth, with Fisichella in tenth.

In other testing news:

  • Scott Speed lost control of his Toro Rosso and served up an almighty crash to bring out the red flags. He was fine, though, and blamed brake failure for the incident.
  • Sébastien Bourdais, on leave from being Champ Car champion, scored his fastest time yet in the other Toro Rosso, beating his own time of yesterday by a whole second.
  • Christian Klien quietly crept into fifth fastest position, concentrating on chassis setups with tester James Rossiter in for Jenson Button. In the afternoon, they both completed longer runs on the track to work on the tyres.

For all the times and statistics, go here.