Brawn GP have once again topped the testing timing sheet, this time with Rubens Barrichello steering the new BGP 001. The Brazilian driver set an astonishing lap time that like Jenson’s the day previous, was well clear of the others. This is the last day of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, and some teams have indicated they may squeeze in another run before sending the cars to Australia.
The car only made its first public appearance last weekend, but already the former-Honda looks fairly fast. While the times set by Button and Barrichello may have been on low fuel, observers at the circuit say the Brawn car is looking very fast and consistent over longer runs as well. Rubens’s time eclipses Nico Rosberg’s best effort by 0.9s.
Timo Glock ended his day in third, the German being pleased with the way his winter testing has gone. The Toyota TF109 looks strong and the team have added another 128 laps to their already impressive tally. Glock was 0.3s shy of Rosberg at the end of the day. Sebastian Vettel put in some good work for Red Bull Racing, completing 83 tours of the Catalan track and finishing 0.1s up on Fernando Alonso.
Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica and Lewis Hamilton completed the top-eight, the McLaren pilot only covering 70 laps in comparison to Kubica’s 134. Sebastiens Buemi and Bourdais shared the Scuderia Toro Rosso once again, the Swiss driver completing 62 laps on his way to ninth while Bourdais only covered 27 on his way to the bottom of the timing sheet. The pair sandwiched the busiest man of the day, Giancarlo Fisichella, who rested in tenth and 0.03s slower than Buemi.
|1.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP||1m18.926s||110 Laps|
|2.||Nico Rosberg Williams||1m19.774s||120 Laps|
|3.||Timo Glock Toyota||1m20.091s||128 Laps|
|4.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m20.576s||83 Laps|
|5.||Fernando Alonso Renault||1m20.664s||64 Laps|
|6.||Felipe Massa Ferrari||1m20.677s||92 Laps|
|7.||Robert Kubica BMW||1m20.740s||134 Laps|
|8.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m20.869s||70 Laps|
|9.||Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m21.013s||62 Laps|
|10.||Giancarlo Fisichella Force India||1m21.045s||141 Laps|
|11.||Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m21.629||27 Laps|