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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Hamilton makes his presence known on final day at Silverstone

Lewis Hamilton made a statement on day three at Silverstone, topping the sheets with a time of 1:19.170 one week ahead of his home grand prix.

The Briton took over where teammate Heikki Kovalainen left off yesterday, as McLaren look to recover from a couple of disappointing races that find the team adrift in third place in the constructors championship.

Timo Glock was a surprising second, despite contact with David Coulthard’s Red Bull in the morning. On the heels of Jarno Trulli’s French podium appearance, Toyota must be feeling good heading into the British Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, and Fernando Alonso was fourth for Renault. Alonso’s day was a bit rocky, with an engine failure in the morning and a spin in the afternoon.

Nick Heidfeld was fifth quickest for BMW Sauber, ahead of Kazuki Nakajima’s Williams. Adrian Sutil was seventh fastest for Force India, the latest team to sport a “shark fin” engine cover.

Rubens Barrichello (Honda), Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso), and David Coulthard rounded out the field.

The Scot saw limited running due to damage from his collision with Glock, which the German took responsibility for. Coulthard would later suffer an engine failure.

  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:19.170
  2. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:19.815
  3. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:20.321
  4. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:20.862
  5. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:21.011
  6. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:21.059
  7. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:21.331
  8. Rubens Barrichello, Honda, 1:21.344
  9. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:21.432
  10. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:22.232

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