Alonso faster than Schumacher

German second-fastest in Ferrari test

Fernando Alonso outshone seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher on the third day of testing in Barcelona.

Two-time Champion Alonso, who completed 100 laps, pushed his Renault to one minute 18.483 seconds at the Circuit de Catalunya. The time was only a fraction slower than the quickest time set by Ferrari's Felipe Massa on the first day of testing on Monday.

Alonso, whose R28 was sporting the new shark fin engine cover with the aim of improving aerodynamics, was almost one second quicker than Schumacher who was testing for Ferrari.

"The day has been good and I was happy with the developments to the car," Alonso said after testing.

"But we still need to keep improving because it seems that our competitors have also improved, so it is still difficult to say how we really compare with them.

"We have to wait until next week to get a full picture of where we stand, but it was fun to try the slick tyres, which gave very good grip."

Schumacher, though, won't be too disappointed with his efforts. The German finished second in a time of 01:19.323 just .101 ahead of Force India's Adrian Sutil.

BMW's Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg of Williams and Rubens Barrichello in a Honda were fourth, fifth and sixth fastest respectively.

Lewis Hamilton finished a disappointing seventh, more than two seconds slower than Alonso.

01 F. Alonso Renault 01:18.483 100 laps
02 M. Schumacher Ferrari 01:19.323 83
03 A. Sutil Force India 01:19.424 102
04 R. Kubica BMW 01:19.785 112
05 N. Rosberg Williams 01:19.841 85
06 R. Barrichello Honda 01:19.920 141
07 L. Hamilton McLaren 01:20.591 102
08 S. Bourdais Toro Rosso 01:20.715 71
09 M. Webber Red Bull 01:20.849 87
10 J. Trulli Toyota 01:20.867 90