Ferrari fastest again at Jerez

Ferrari fastest again at Jerez

Testing continued at Jerez on October 11th with nine drivers from five teams at the Spanish track. For the second day in a row Ferrari topped the times, Michael Schumacher's best a 1:16.225 and tester Luca Badoer was a second behind. Schumacher ...

Testing continued at Jerez on October 11th with nine drivers from five teams at the Spanish track. For the second day in a row Ferrari topped the times, Michael Schumacher's best a 1:16.225 and tester Luca Badoer was a second behind. Schumacher worked on tyres and Badoer focused mainly on new components for next season.

Michael Schumacher.
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Robert Kubica was third on the time sheet for BMW Sauber and had a busy day working with chassis 06 and chassis 07. He completed 121 laps, and worked on tyres and transmission in chassis 06 and parts for next year in 07. He will continue on Thursday and will again use both chassis in preparation for Brazil.

McLaren had Pedro de la Rosa and youngster Lewis Hamilton on duty, fourth and sixth respectively. Set up and tyres for Brazil were their focus as well as development work for 2007. Speculation suggests that this test is to measure de la Rosa and Hamilton against each other for the second race seat at Interlagos, although McLaren has denied that is the case.

Test driver Ricardo Zonta was the lead Toyota in fifth and fellow team tester Olivier Panis was eighth. The former worked on tyres and the latter followed a data collection programme. The team reported no particular problems and the two drivers will be back on track tomorrow to carry out tyre tests for Brazil.

Williams also fielded its test drivers, Alex Wurz seventh and Narain Karthikeyan ninth. "Narain carried out some engine tests for Toyota in the morning as well as completing an aero test on some new parts and brake work in the afternoon," said test team manager Mike Condliffe. "Alex also worked on brake tests and then traction control development. Both drivers completed their planned tyre testing in the afternoon to round off a successful day."

At a rainy Silverstone Renault and Spyker MF1 were on track. In the poor conditions Renault's Nelson A. Piquet only carried out a few installation laps and did not set a time. Ernesto Viso, who will pilot the third Spyker at Interlagos, had his first day in the cockpit and did an unspecified number of laps familiarising himself with the car and a little development work.

"Despite very difficult rainy conditions I think we did some good work. I really enjoyed my first run in an F1 car and I am looking forward to Brazil," said Viso. "The factory team and the whole Spyker MF1 test crew have been fantastic and really have worked hard. They weren't scared of getting wet to keep sending me back out of the garage!"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Olivier Panis , Ricardo Zonta , Alexander Wurz , Lewis Hamilton , Robert Kubica , Ernesto Viso
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams