McLaren tops test times at Jerez

McLaren tops test times at Jerez

Winter testing resumed on February 6th and most teams were at Jerez de la Frontera. 16 drivers took to the Spanish track and McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was the fastest man of the day, 1:19.998 and the team's rookie racer Lewis Hamilton was ...

Winter testing resumed on February 6th and most teams were at Jerez de la Frontera. 16 drivers took to the Spanish track and McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was the fastest man of the day, 1:19.998 and the team's rookie racer Lewis Hamilton was fourth on the time sheet. Long runs, set up and aero evaluation were their programme.

Pedro de la Rosa.
Photo by xpb.cc.

Second fastest was the Williams of Alex Wurz, less than a tenth off de la Rosa, and teammate Nico Rosberg was ninth on the time sheet. BMW Sauber fielded Robert Kubica and tester Sebastian Vettel, third and 11th respectively. Vettel focused on set up and practice starts in the morning, as well as aero comparison. Kubica also did aero work and set up but both drivers lost time to hydraulic problems.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth on the time sheet and team tester Luca Badoer was 10th. Both were behind the wheel of an F2007 and worked on the development of the new car. Felipe Massa takes over from Badoer on Wednesday. Toyota fielded racer Ralf Schumacher and tester Franck Montagny, sixth and eighth respectively. Set up options were their programme but Montagny stopped on track due to a transmission problem and Schumacher lost time to suspension changes.

"It was useful to try out some different set-ups and see how the car reacted," Schumacher commented. "The track was cold in the morning so that made it a bit difficult because there was not much grip and in the afternoon we made a few suspension changes so we will have to look at the data and see how that went."

Jenson Button was seventh for Honda, while tester Christian Klien had a quiet day and rounded off the times in 16th. The young Austrian carried out electronic and controls work in the ageing RA106, which is about at the end of its life span. Button worked on balance, tyres and aerodynamics.

David Coulthard and Mark Webber put the Red Bulls 12th and 15th, and the Renaults were further down the time sheet than previously. The duo of Brazilian testers for the French squad, Nelson A. Piquet and Ricardo Zonta, were 13th and 14th respectively.

"Nelson covered a race distance this morning without any problems, and everything went well," said Renault's chief test engineer Christian Silk. "As for Ricardo, his day was focused on finding his feet and he will be ready to make good progress with his programme tomorrow."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Nico Rosberg , Christian Klien , Robert Kubica , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams