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Toro Rosso Jerez test notes 2008-12-10

Jerez de la Frontera 4.423 kms Sebastien Buemi Chassis: STR3-04 Best time: 1:18.073 Laps: 128 Sebastien Bourdais Chassis: STR3-01 Best time: 1:18.673 Laps: 81 Takuma Sato Chassis: STR3-01 Best time: 1:18.601 Laps: ...

Jerez de la Frontera 4.423 kms

Sebastien Buemi
Chassis: STR3-04
Best time: 1:18.073
Laps: 128

Sebastien Bourdais
Chassis: STR3-01
Best time: 1:18.673
Laps: 81

Takuma Sato
Chassis: STR3-01
Best time: 1:18.601
Laps: 38

A busy second day in Jerez, with Sebastien Buemi driving one chassis all day, while Sebastien Bourdais and Takuma Sato shared the other one. In fact, a damp track in the early morning meant the team was able to complete its assessment of the 2010 Bridgestone rain tyres, with Buemi also getting his first ever run on this year's intermediate rubber.

The conditions meant that Bourdais stayed behind the wheel longer than planned, so that Sato only ran for the last 90 minutes of the day. However, the Japanese driver was soon on the pace, carrying out performance and long run testing, assessing various set-up options on the 2009 slick tyres.

Once the track dried, Buemi also switched to slicks and tried various set- up options to suit next year's tyres, happy with the balance he found on the car. He also did a tyre comparison between the "soft" and "medium" compounds available, the latter performing consistently on this high wear track. Unfortunately, the Swiss driver's day ended slightly ahead of schedule, after a trip across a kerb caused slight damage to the car. It will be fully repaired in time for tomorrow, when Buemi and Sato drive for the final day of this test session.

-credit: toro rosso

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