Testing continued at Silverstone and Jerez on June 20th and in the UK it was a Toyota at the top of the times again. Jarno Trulli took over from Ralf Schumacher and clocked a best of 1:21.420 at the Silverstone circuit, over a second quicker than...
Testing continued at Silverstone and Jerez on June 20th and in the UK it was a Toyota at the top of the times again. Jarno Trulli took over from Ralf Schumacher and clocked a best of 1:21.420 at the Silverstone circuit, over a second quicker than his teammate was on Tuesday. Trulli's programme of set up and engine work was interrupted by rainshowers in the afternoon.
"After the rain in the afternoon we only had about a half an hour more of meaningful work," the Italian commented. "But this was just typical of the problems that we can face during testing. Overall the running I have been able to complete has been good so I would say that we are in reasonable shape here."
Second quickest was Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and he continued with a programme of aero and mechanical development. "We have a new aerodynamic package and some other things," he said. "Hopefully we can close the gap on McLaren. One thing is for sure: we really need better results at the upcoming two GPs than we got in North America. There is a lot that depends on the tests this week."
Alex Wurz took over from tester Kazuki Nakajima at Williams and was third fastest "We're currently trying out a new aero package and have been working through revised set-ups to compliment it," test team manager Dickie Stanford. "We'll now spend the evening preparing the car for Nico who will run tomorrow on our last day."
McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was fourth on the time sheet and he carried out set up and tyre work, as well as aerodynamic assessment. Renault's Heikki Kovalainen was fifth overall despite losing time to an engine change in the morning. With rain in the afternoon it was a rather disrupted day for Renault but overall things were positive.
"We have enjoyed two important days of testing," said Kovalainen, who hands over to tester Nelson A. Piquet on Thursday. "We didn't do as many laps as we would have liked, but there were some very good tests even so. The car is more consistent to drive, and moving forward bit by bit. I think it's an encouraging sign for the next few races."
Tonio Liuzzi continued for Toro Rossa and was sixth fastest. He again worked on the quick-shift gearbox, as well as brakes and aerodynamics. One place behind in seventh was Mark Webber in the Red Bull. The Australian evaluated the new aerodynamic package but was hampered by engine problems, which the team is investigating the cause of.
BMW Sauber test driver Timo Glock posted the eighth best time and focused on tyres in the morning before the rain came. He also worked on aerodynamics and suspension development but the team didn't get through everything due to the afternoon showers. The forecast is not good for the last day but BMW hopes to finish its programme.
Spyker's Adrian Sutil rounded off the times in ninth. "It was a good day without any real issues," he commented. "The car was consistent without any mechanical problems, and we mainly worked on set-up for the British Grand Prix. The car was already pretty well set-up and we just worked on some small items with the tyres and the brake system."
Meanwhile, Honda and Super Aguri continued at Jerez. Jenson Button was supposed to be on track but a back complaint -- which Honda believes was caused by his first corner incident at Indianapolis, when he was hit by teammate Rubens Barrichello -- was still giving him a little trouble and he sat the day out.
Therefore Honda test driver Christian Klien remained behind the wheel. He completed 61 laps of mechanical and aerodynamic evaluations -- no lap times were given. Button is expected to be at work on Thursday. Super Aguri tester James Rossiter was also present and clocked a best of 1:20.960 while focusing on control systems and rear suspension.