Alguersuari takes Toro Rosso to top at lunch

Jaime Alguersuari topped the timesheets today at Jerez at lunchtime in his Toro Rosso. The Catalan was followed by Pedro de la Rosa in the Sauber and Adrian Sutil in his new Force India, in a session dogged by rain and red flags.

First of the established front runners was Felipe Massa in the Ferrari with the fourth quickest time, followed by Seb Vettel in the new Red Bull RB6. A technical glitch early in the session relegated Nico Rosberg to seventh place, Sutil stopped out on track just before 2pm and Rubens Barrichello spun his Williams causing another red flag. Lewis Hamilton languished ninth in the session, despite having done a large number of laps.

Times as of 2pm were as follows:

1 Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1m19.919s
2 De la Rosa Sauber 1m20.736s +0.817
3 Sutil Force India 1m21.428s +1.509
4 Massa Ferrari 1m21.603s +1.684
5 Vettel Red Bull 1m21.783s +1.864
6 Petrov Renault 1m22.000s +2.081
7 Rosberg Mercedes 1m22.820s +2.901
8 Barrichello Williams 1m23.217s +3.298
9 Hamilton McLaren 1m23.985s +4.066