Hopes high for better weather at Jerez

Teams will be hoping the weather forecasts for the last two days of Jerez testing this week are accurate. Near-constant showers and incredibly high winds at the southern Spanish venue on Thursday conspired to throw the worst weather of the ...

Teams will be hoping the weather forecasts for the last two days of Jerez testing this week are accurate.

Near-constant showers and incredibly high winds at the southern Spanish venue on Thursday conspired to throw the worst weather of the short pre-season upon the congregated F1 field.

"The weather forecast is better for tomorrow (Friday)," revealed Sauber's test engineer Thomas Hunsicker.

However, quite a high chance of rain both on Friday and Saturday still remains.

Optimism was further diminished late on Thursday night, when a bad omen for Friday's action was a torrential night-time downpour.

Jenson Button arrived at Jerez on Thursday night ahead of his two days in the new McLaren and exclaimed: "Wow, this place is like a lake.

"Think it's going to be wet tomorrow but hopefully dry Saturday."

Felipe Massa hands over the new Ferrari to Fernando Alonso on Friday, and the Brazilian observed: "The only positive thing (about the weather) is that it's the same for everyone."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren