The third day of testing at Jerez came to its conclusion a short while ago, and despite the drizzly weather (or maybe because of it) Timo Glock managed to place his Toyota at the top of the tables. The German completed 96 laps and finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton, partnering his team mate Heikki Kovalainen for today. And the top three was rounded off with Fernando Alonso, only completing 49 laps on route to a 1m20.363s.
Scuderia Toro Rosso completed a productive test with their old car, Sebastien Bourdais finishing Wednesday in fourth. The fast pace from both cars was broken though with Sebastian Vettel not managing any better than fourteenth and last. And the other Ferrari powered cars finished the day in fifth and eighth for Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen respectively.
Adrian Sutil ran in last years Spyker, branded in Force India colours while Nico Hulkenberg and Kazuki Nakajima took the two interim Williams out to develop parts for their new car. Although Hulkenberg did embarrass himself slightly by causing the most red flags of the day, running off the circuit three times.
And finally, following the low-key launch at the start of the day, Red Bull Racing let David Coulthard out in the only new car the team have at the moment while Mark Webber was forced to chug around in the RBR3 from 2007. Coulthard completed a healthy 54 laps shaking down the RBR4 but could only manage a 1m22.581s, 0.2s slower than Webber in the old version of the machine.
Super Aguri didn’t manage to complete the final day of the test due to waiting for spare parts to arrive from the factory. Their SA07 was suffering overheating issues yesterday, so Anthony Davidson was forced to sit on the pitwall while the team coordinated the delivery of components. Unfortunately, their cargo was diverted from Gibraltar to Malaga at the last minute. The team member then hot-footed it towards the circuit only to find the main motorway was closed for roadworks. The parts didn’t arrive in time and Super Aguri sat out the final session.
Most teams are returning to their home bases this evening, although Renault are staying on for an extra day in order to give World Series winner Alvaro Parente a chance to test as a reward for his achievement.
Jerez Test Day Three Times
|4.||Sebastien Bourdais||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m20.407s||STR2|
|10.||Adrian Sutil||Force India||1m21.705s||F8-VII|
|11.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||1m22.275s||RBR3|
|12.||David Coulthard||Red Bull Racing||1m22.581s||RBR4|
|14.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m24.873s||STR2|