New signing Heikki Kovalainen showed that Lewis Hamilton will not be the only McLaren driver challenging Ferrari this season.
Kovalainen posted the fastest lap time in Wednesday's winter testing session and outpaced Hamilton by more than a second in the second of three test days that featured nearly every team's 2008 cars.
The Finnish driver, who joined from Renault last month, clocked his best time at 1 minute, 11.000 seconds from 92 laps raced at the 4.005-kilometer (2.49-mile) Cheste Circuit track. Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who topped Tuesday's session, was second with a time of 1:11.662, ahead of teammate and world champion Kimi Raikkonen with 1:11.850.
Hamilton _ testing for the first time this week _ was fourth with a best time of 1:12.076 from 115 laps driven.
Williams' Kazuki Nakajima took fifth in 1:12.255 in last year's car.
Fernando Alonso equaled his sixth-place finish from Monday, but lowered his time by nearly a second to 1:12.360 after pushing his Renault for 111 laps.
Alonso was cheered on by a crowd of 22,000, a day after Cheste broke the single-day record for a test session with an estimated 38,000 fans in attendance.