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Barcelona Test Day Two: Badoer Leads For Ferrari, Again

Barcelona Test Day Two: Badoer Leads For Ferrari, Again

Luca Badoer has gone fastest again on the second day of testing in Spain today. Driving the F2008 and touring the Circuit de Catalunya Badoer managed a time of 1m21.013, approximately 1.4s better than the fastest lap from Thursday. Taking over from Gary Paffett in the McLaren was Pedro De La Rosa, the Spanish star making it into second and ahead of Timo Glock in the Toyota. Nico Rosberg took over the helm at Williams after Nico Hulkenberg showed his hand yesterday.

David Coulthard enjoyed a full days running, having only spent half the day in the Red Bull yesterday to give Sebastien Buemi a chance. Coulthard went fifth quickest and outpaced current championship leader Robert Kubica by a tenth. Rubens Barrichello did some leg work for Honda and Nelson Piquet Jr took over from Romain Grosjean, the Brazilian completing a mammoth 129 laps – the driver certainly needs the practice. Piquet is also expected to test tomorrow all day as well.

Sebastien Bourdais was present for Scuderia Toro Rosso, and despite being at the bottom of the tables, the French driver was only 2s off the pace of Badoer. While that is a lot overall, during a test session it isn’t a great deal. Often one team will be simulating qualifying runs or running low fuel-levels and will therefore find themselves at the top of the tables, while another crew wil be practising starts, pit stops, or seeing how the tyres work in certain conditions. Therefore, it isn’t unusual to see a wide range of times in testing.

1. Luca Badoer Ferrari 1m21.013s 95 Laps
2. Pedro De La Rosa McLaren 1m21.374s 111 Laps
3. Timo Glock Toyota 1m21.573s 97 Laps
4. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m21.614s 86 Laps
5. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m21.669s 86 Laps
6. Robert Kubica BMW 1m21.761s 114 Laps
7. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m21.950s 122 Laps
8. Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m22.037s 129 Laps
9. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m22.395s 101 Laps

Oliver White

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