Testing continued at Jerez on September 19th as the F1 teams prepare for the final three races of the season. Once again nine drivers were present at the Spanish track and McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was at the top of the time sheet with a...
Testing continued at Jerez on September 19th as the F1 teams prepare for the final three races of the season. Once again nine drivers were present at the Spanish track and McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was at the top of the time sheet with a best of 1:19.267. He worked on a tyre evaluation programme and aerodynamic set up for Japan, China and Brazil.
Red Bull's Mark Webber was second quickest, seven tenths behind de la Rosa. As well as some tests in regard to 2008 regulations, Webber focused on aerodynamics and suspension geometry. Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was fourth on the list and worked on the development of mechanical solutions and set up.
Fifth overall was the Toro Rosso of Tonio Liuzzi and he shared the cockpit with Sebastian Vettel, morning and afternoon respectively. Liuzzi managed 47 laps of set up and rear wing evaluation but Vettel never got going as the car ground to a halt on his out lap. A problem on the right rear wheel was the cause, which the team is investigating.
Jenson Button's Honda was fifth fastest and he was followed by Renault tester Nelson A. Piquet in seventh, working on aerodynamics and brakes. "We've done a good day's work on the very abrasive Jerez circuit," Piquet said. "It did me a lot of good to be back in the car because I always like to drive as much as possible."
"After 113 laps I said to myself, 'we've made a lot of progress as the programme's been completed.' We're continuing tomorrow on the basis of today's testing, and we hope to make another step forward and collect the maximum amount of data."
Ralf Schumacher's Toyota was eight on the time sheet. "We have tried a lot of things on the car today and by the end of the day we had made progress," he commented. "We had a couple of small delays due to car issues but nothing major. The stability and balance was difficult early in the day but we made some changes to the mechanical set-up and achieved a more workable balance."
Nico Rosber rounded off the list in ninth for Williams. "We were a little late getting started due to a hold up with some parts that were travelling over from the UK and Nico did a good job to get through most of his programme in the afternoon," said test team manager Dickie Stanford. "He worked on systems checks with some 2008 parts and also signed off some components for the Japanese Grand Prix next week."