Day two of the Valencia test session kicked off this morning, although the weather wasn’t much better than we had seen yesterday, with rain falling and preventing teams from getting in some serious mileage. McLaren chose to field two drivers, running Fernando Alonso again, and seating fellow Spaniard Pedro De La Rosa in the second car. Renault ran two cars, with both of their drivers for 2007 driving, Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen, and Ferrari repeated with Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.
But it was Fernando Alonso who again set the fastest time of all, beating Fisichella to the top of the time sheets by 0.2s after 90 laps, not quite the full second we saw yesterday, but another milestone surely for the reigning World Champion. De La Rosa ended the day in twelfth, ahead of his team mate and Raikkonen’s Ferrari.
I had a mechanical problem but I’m not worried – the team is working to find out what happened, and it is always better to have these problems in testing. We will carry on with the programme tomorrow, hopefully with some better weather. Giancarlo Fisichella.
Kimi Raikkonen completed 51 laps of the wet Valencia circuit, but again couldn’t manage to raise himself onto the top of the time sheets. Raikkoen’s team mate Felipe Massa was also running, but finished the day in eighth place, although driving the 2006 Ferrari 248.
BMW and Toyota had another relatively good day, cementing their pace from yesterday and pretty much matching each other in terms of times. Nick Heidfeld edged out Jarno Trulli by 0.3s, and Robert Kubica fisinished in seventh just 0.01s behind. Honda ran Rubens Barrichello and James Rossiter again, and could only manage ninth and tenth place, while Toyota’s other driver, Ralf Schumacher, went away with eleventh.
As with yesterday, Super Aguri managed to compete with Red Bull Racing, and Takuma Sato set a pace that was 1.1s faster than David Coulthard. This is surprising as again Super Aguri ran their interim car, while Red Bull ran their new 2007 challenger, designed by Adrian Newey. I must admit, I am starting to have a few doubts with RBR – let’s just hope the team aren’t bothered too much about lap times at the moment. Also running for Super Aguri was Giedo van der Garde, but the Dutchman hopes to continue his testing duties further in order to get enough mileage to be rewarded with a super license.
1. Alonso – McLaren – 1m12.558s
2. Fisichella – Renault – 1m12.731s
3. Kovalainen – Renault – 1m12.769s
4. Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1m12.869s
5. Heidfeld – BMW – 1m13.006s
6. Trulli – Toyota – 1m13.296s
7. Kubica – BMW – 1m13.306s
8. Massa – Ferrari – 1m13.559s
9. Barrichello – Honda – 1m13.658s
10. Rossiter – Honda – 1m13.733s
11. Schumacher – Toyota – 1m13.843s
12. De La Rosa – McLaren – 1m14.277s
13. Nakajima – Williams – 1m14.406s
14. Sato – Super Aguri – 1m14.823s
15. Coulthard – Red Bull Racing – 1m15.948s
14. Van Der Garde – Super Aguri – 1m26.348s