The 4th and final of day of testing prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix on April 8th, took place at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday. The weather was marginally improved on the previous day, with only one rain shower taking place in the afternoon to interfere with proceedings.

heikkikov2.jpgRenault Rookie Heikki Kovaleinen topped the time sheets with a best time of 1m35.757s despite suffering some reliability gremlins, which is not a bad effort considering this week has been his first visit to the Sepang Circuit.

Heikki managed to post a time just half a second short of the fastest time of the week, which was set by vodka-swilling, karoake-warbling and cow-stealing Kimi Raikkonen. The Renault rookie managed to just marginally beat Ferrari’s Felipe Massa by 0.05 of a second, who was testing new components and the electric’s on the F2007.

Super Aguri driver Ant Davidson pulled a surprise out of the hat by posting the third quickest time of the day, beating the likes of Honda, Toyota, McLaren, Red Bull and Torro Rosso. It was probably a good job Spyker-Ferrari were not present, otherwise one suspects they would really be getting their undergarments in a twist about the ‘repackaged Honda’. What is a repackaged car anyway? Does it come in a different box or something?

Nothing particularly notable happened during the final day of testing prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix, although the session was red flagged five times, two of those occasions caused by Heikki’s Renault suffering a fit of the technical gremlins. (Those gremlins do get about, don’t they?).

BMW-Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld suffered yet more engine trouble, which must be giving Kimi great cause for concern that he is going to lose his title as F1’s most prolific car-breaker.

heikkovsexcurs2.jpgIn other news, it was revealed yesterday that from 2008, the FIA are banning traction control in Formula 1. Coupled with the fact there will be no return to slick tyres, and the current engine freeze, we are wondering if any cars will be heading in a forward direction next year at all.

Still it will sort the men from the boys (so I’m told) and no doubt we will be having a few drivers suffering from a ‘Heikki’ weekend or doing a ‘Montoya’ on the way to the grid during the course of next season.

Additionally there seems to be little point to Bridgestone trying to come up with a sensible solution to differentiate tyre types for spectators next year, as the lack of traction control will no doubt see a great deal of wheel-spin and not alot else.

Wacky races anyone?