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Barcelona Test Day Three: Trulli Goes To The Top Of The Class

Barcelona Test Day Three: Trulli Goes To The Top Of The Class

Jarno Trulli - 2008 TestingOn the final day of testing before the 2008 season begins, Toyota’s Jarno Trulli has put in a surprising quick lap and ended the winter season at the top of the timing sheets. The pace of the TF108 has been questionable and the squad have been a little inconsistent in pre-season testing, but this result will certainly buoy the team as they pack everything and head to Australia. Trulli’s team mate Timo Glock finished his day in eleventh, some 1.3s shy of the Italian’s pace.

Red Bull Racing also had a good day with David Coulthard returning to the track following his trapped nerve problem yesterday. The Scot managed to go second and 0.35s down on Trulli’s pace-setting lap. Mark Webber followed suit with a fifth-fastest lap, keeping himself ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr in sixth. Williams also continued to look good with Nico Rosberg in third and Kazuki Nakajima in eighth.

Ferrari and McLaren on fielded one car each today, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton getting in a few extra laps in their respective cars. Kimi ended the day ahead of Lewis, although they were down in ninth and tenth. Force India ran both drivers in the new VJM01 car, Giancarlo Fisichella slotting into twelfth and Adrian Sutil in sixteenth. BMW continued to cause worry as well, having not really made themselves noticeable at this test session. Again the Swiss-German team were well down the tables with Robert Kubica finishing in fourteenth and Nick Heidfeld further behind in seventeenth.

The timing sheet was supported from the bottom by Honda once again. Jenson Button ran well yesterday to get his RA108 into ninth but today had to admit defeat and finished at the bottom, just behind test driver Alex Wurz. Honda are due to try out some new aero parts at a private test in Jerez next week, but the Brackley-team are giving out signs of desperation at the moment. The car doesn’t look particularly great and they could well end up having a repeat of 2007 this season.

Barcelona Day Three Test Times

1. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m20.801s 83 Laps
2. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m21.258s 76 Laps
3. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m21.293s 77 Laps
4. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m21.309s 87 Laps
5. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m21.368s 91 Laps
6. Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m.21.443s 114 Laps
7. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m21.454s 128 Laps
8. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m21.796s 124 Laps
9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m21.933s 80 Laps
10. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m22.011s 88 Laps
11. Timo Glock Toyota 1m22.155s 49 Laps
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m22.233s 90 Laps
13. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.286s 49 Laps
14. Robert Kubica BMW 1m22.299s 93 Laps
15. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m22.465s 79 Laps
16. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m22.521s 97 Laps
17. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m22.624s 61 Laps
18. Alex Wurz Honda 1m24.154s 82 Laps
19. Jenson Button Honda 1m24.275s 80 Laps

Oliver White

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