Ferrari continued to dominate during pre-season testing at Jerez yesterday. With Kimi Raikkonen sidelined until the New Year due to contractual obligations with McLaren, Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer topped the timesheets at the end of the day for Ferrari.
The second pre-season testing session at ‘Circuito Permanente de Jerez’, attended by all but the Spyker F1 team, started wet and provided last years Michelin runners their first opportunity to trial Bridgestone s treaded tyre. As the track dried Ferrari dominated, with Massa beating seasoned test-driver Luca Badoer to the top of the listings. The young Brazilian, the pacesetter during last week s three-day test at Barcelona, achieved a time of 1m19.462s, 0.2s ahead of Badoer who suffered an off-track excursion earlier in the session.
Ferrari worked on engine endurance, while all teams continued to evaluate the 2007 spec Bridgestones. Lewis Hamilton joined test-driver Pedro De La Rosa in testing, with the newly signed driver working on rear suspension setup whilst the Spaniard trialled 2007 aerodynamic components.
The revamped Super-Aguri continued to impress just a second off Massa s time, with Japanese youngster Kohei Hirate making his debut for Toyota.
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