Ferrari leads on Jerez day one

The week's testing got under way at Jerez on October 10th with five drivers from three teams at work on the Spanish track. Ferrari's two test drivers led the way, Marc Gene setting the best time of 1:17.883 and Luca Badoer was a second behind and...

The week's testing got under way at Jerez on October 10th with five drivers from three teams at work on the Spanish track. Ferrari's two test drivers led the way, Marc Gene setting the best time of 1:17.883 and Luca Badoer was a second behind and they worked on tyre development. Michael Schumacher is scheduled to join on Wednesday.

Williams likewise employed its test team, Alex Wurz third on the time sheet and Narain Karthikeyan rounded off the times in fifth. They worked with the adapted chassis for the Toyota engine and with the 2007 gearbox. Tyres and engine work were their focus.

"Alex completed a front tyre construction test in the morning and we then moved onto a race distance run in the afternoon which was successfully completed," said test team manager Mike Condliffe. "We carried out some engine mapping work on Narain's car before we had some teething problems which prevented us completing all the running we had planned."

GP2 champion Lewis Hamilton began McLaren's test week a day early and completed 15 shakedown laps with the fourth best time of the day. Pedro de la Rosa is scheduled to join Hamilton tomorrow and the team has played down speculation that the test is a head-to-head between the two drivers for the race seat in Brazil.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Narain Karthikeyan , Lewis Hamilton
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams