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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Hamilton fastest at Paul Ricard

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in day one of testing at a Monaco-configured Paul Ricard, as teams focused on preparations for the unique Monte Carlo street circuit.

Hamilton set a fastest time of 1:05.600 over 84 laps Wednesday.

Kimi Raikkonen nailed the second fastest time in the session, setting a 1:06.098, and despite a mid-day engine change, Robert Kubica was third for BMW Sauber with a time of 1:06.177. Mark Webber was fourth.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth in the brand new STR3, the German giving the car it’s long-awaited shakedown, postponed after teammate Sebestien Bourdais’ shunt in Barcelona.

Nico Rosberg was sixth, as his Williams was the latest to sprout a fin on its engine cover. No word on whether it will make it into race configuration.

Honda test driver Alex Wurz was seventh, Timo Glock eighth for Toyota, Force India test driver Tonio Liuzzi was ninth, and Renault test driver Lucas di Grassi rounded out the field in tenth.

Drivers took the opportunity to test both tire options they will have in the principality, as well a run high downforce aero configurations and mechanicals.

Testing continues tomorrow at the French test track, with the test scheduled for three days. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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