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Jerez day four - Kubica claims top spot 16 Oct 2006

Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain. 12th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton.

BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica set the fastest time in Jerez on Friday, lapping the Spanish test circuit in 1m 17.557s - over two seconds quicker than Alexander Wurz in the Williams. Only three drivers made an appearance for the final day of the last major test session of the season.

Kubica spent a third day as BMW Sauber’s only driver. Team mate Nick Heidfeld arrived for the morning session feeling unwell and after completing a brief installation lap was too ill to continue. Kubica took over driving duties for both cars and completed 103 laps throughout the day, concluding tyre work for the Brazilian Grand Prix alongside transmission and aero development testing.

Williams drivers Alexander Wurz and Narain Karthikeyan were the only other runners to make an appearance. Wurz claimed the second-fastest time, whilst Karthikeyan finished the session third quickest. The Austrian spent the day working through a tyre comparison with Bridgestone. Karthikeyan, meanwhile, completed a race distance in the morning before moving on to a series of set-up evaluations in the afternoon.

Both teams will now head to Sao Paulo for this weekend’s race at Interlagos.

Unofficial Friday times from Jerez:
1. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:17.557
2. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:19.631
3. Narain Karthikeyan, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:19.987