Spa Testing – Day 1 Round-up

The Spa-Francorchamps course has recently been upgraded with an all new final chicane, changes to the pit entry and start-finish straight and revamped paddock area.

Lewis Hamilton was on form again as he finished top of the testing times of the first day, four-tenths ahead of the second fastest man, BMW-Sauber s Robert Kubica. Felipe Massa headed home in third, a full eight-tenths of a second behind Lewis Hamilton.

The day was not without it s dramas as Nelson Piquet Jnr s car stopped just after the final chicane, causing the red flags to come out. Piquet Jnr was in the R27 testing out some new updates to the car. David Coulthard had a torrid day early in the day, he suffered from some gearbox problems; Mid-afternoon, he car stopped out on track causing the red flags to come out whilst he waited to be rescued.

Vinantonio Liuzzi also caused a red flag when some of his bodywork came off his car. He also suffered from some mechanical problems with a transmission problem towards the end of the day.

Two drivers in line to take over from Christijan Albers were out on track Christian Klien in the Honda and Giedo van der Garde in the Spyker.

Unofficial Times for Day 1 of testing at Spa

Pos  Driver        Team                     Time      Laps
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes    (B)  1:46.613  81
 2.  Kubica        BMW-Sauber          (B)  1:47.059  80
 3.  Massa         Ferrari             (B)  1:47.469  63
 4.  R.Schumacher  Toyota              (B)  1:47.787  69
 5.  Piquet        Renault             (B)  1:47.997  50
 6.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault    (B)  1:48.243  53
 7.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota     (B)  1:48.287  64
 8.  Liuzzi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari  (B)  1:49.179  63
 9.  Rossiter      Super Aguri-Honda   (B)  1:49.228  60
10.  Klien         Honda               (B)  1:49.419  63
11.  van de Garde  Spyker-Ferrari      (B)  1:49.712  53