Massa, not Kovalainen, quickest in Spain

Fri, 16 November 2007, 09:47

Despite Heikki Kovalainen topping the time sheets on the final day of the Barcelona test on Thursday, Felipe Massa actually captured the quickest legitimate lap.

“Heikki set the quickest time in 1:20.659 having covered 81 laps,” Renault said in a statement issued at the end of the day.

Kovalainen commented: “We’ve shown how determined Renault is to fight its way back to the front in 2008.”

But it later emerged that, while the Finn’s pace for Renault was ultimately good enough for second place, he skipped a chicane near the end of the eight-hour test session at Circuit de Catalunya.

Felipe Massa’s best lap of 1:21.044, therefore, should be regarded as the quickest of the day and the entire three-day test, including Michael Schumacher who stole the show for Ferrari on days one and two.

Kovalainen’s legitimate best on Thursday was a 1:21.136.

The final test of 2007 will be held over four days at Jerez beginning on December 4.

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