Ferrari Dominate During Jerez Pre-Season F1 Testing

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.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Massa Ferrari 1:19.462 54
2. Badoer Ferrari 1:19.708 77
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.245 79
4. Klien Honda 1:20.394 89
5. Montagny Toyota 1:20.398 96
6. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:20.437 52
7. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.442 65
8. Rossiter Honda 1:20.725 103
9. Kovalainen Renault 1:20.784 67
10. Webber Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.053 81
11. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:21.079 72
12. Ammermuller Red Bull-Ferrari 1:21.143 74
13. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:21.182 75
14. Fisichella Renault 1:21.183 49
15. Hirate Toyota 1:21.424 75
16. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth 1:21.472 96
17. Vettel BMW-Sauber 1:22.067 77