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De la Rosa fastest again as Algarve test concludes 18 Dec 2008

Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) McLaren Test Driver. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Algarve Motor Park, Portimao, Portugal, 17 December 2008. Car of Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari in the pits. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Algarve Motor Park, Portimao, Portugal, 17 December 2008.

McLaren continued to dominate the timesheets as this week’s test at Portugal’s Algarve Motor Park concluded on Wednesday, with test driver Pedro de la Rosa outpacing the only other runner, Ferrari’s Luca Badoer.

With warm and sunny conditions at the circuit, De la Rosa was able to cover 74 laps on his way to posting a best time of 1m 28.993s. The Spaniard focused on the team’s KERS preparations for 2009, refining the system’s utilization under braking, whilst continuing to evaluate next season’s aero package.

Ferrari tester Badoer, meanwhile, completed 75 laps in the F2008 as he carried out an engine endurance test, evaluated parts for 2009 and worked on finding the car’s best set-up for slick tyres. His quickest time was set in 1m 30.163s.

With the session at Portimao now over, both teams have completed their 2008 test programmes.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Portimao:
1. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:28.993
2. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:30.163