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Barcelona Test Day Two: Schumacher Goes Top, Again

Barcelona Test Day Two: Schumacher Goes Top, Again

Day two of the first post-season test at Barcelona got underway this morning, and by the time the sun set over the south of Spain, Michael Schumacher was once again the fastest man on track in the gizmo-free Ferrari. Lapping almost 0.4s faster than McLaren tester Pedro De La Rosa, Schumacher popped in a time of 1m21.486s, 0.5s quicker than his previous effort on Tuesday. Out in force in the sister F2007 was full-time driver Felipe Massa who took over duties from Luca Badoer. Massa ended his day in fourth, just behind Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen.

McLaren fielded Gary Paffett again, and the Briton managed the fifth quickest lap of the day, just 0.2s shy of Massa’s time. Williams ran both full-time drivers Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima, who between them racked up 141 laps. Rosberg went sixth while Nakajima rested on ninth by the end of play. Also sending both team drivers out were BMW, Nick Heidfeld setting the eighth fastest time and Robert Kubica the fourteenth.

Karun Chandhok completed his second day of testing for Red Bull while David Coulthard also ran his RBR3 around Circuit de Catalunya 74 times. Force India tested three cars this afternoon, contracted driver Adrian Sutil drove in the morning before handing over to hopefuls Vitantonio Liuzzi and Christian Klien after lunch. Liuzzi finished at the bottom of the tables while Klien went the fastest of the three.

Honda sat James Rossiter out today in favour of running GP2 racer Luca Filippi who is a part of Honda’s driver development programme. For Thursday’s running, Mike Conway will take to the second car. Jenson Button ran in the sister modified-RA107 and managed to go twelfth. Filippi impressed with a 1m23.596s which put him in sixteenth.

Both Scuderia Toro Rosso’s were present with Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais, Vettel getting the better of his older team mate going 0.6s faster. Toyota sent Jarno Trulli and Franck Montagny out again and the pair completed 99 laps to finish thirteenth and eighteenth respectively.

1. Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1m21.486s
2. Pedro De La Rosa McLaren 1m21.857s
3. Heikki Kovalainen Renault 1m21.894s
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.044s
5. Gary Paffett McLaren 1m22.293s
6. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m22.333s
7. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m22.555s
8. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m22.946s
9. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m23.021s
10. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.187s
11. Karun Chandhok Red Bull Racing 1m23.255s
12. Jenson Button Honda 1m23.358s
13. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m23.465s
14. Robert Kubica BMW 1m23.488s
15. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m23.547s
16. Luca Filippi Honda 1m23.596s
17. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m23.753s
18. Franck Montagny Toyota 1m23.977s
19. Christian Klien Force India 1m24.446s
20. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m24.537s
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India 1m24.555s

Oliver White

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