Spa Testing – Day 2 Round-up

Thanks to some overnight showers, the track was damp when the day began. Rain again hit the Spa-Francorchamps track just after lunch, forcing many teams to change their programmes.

Felipe Massa finished the day top of the timesheets with a time of 1:46.698 on a dry track. It wasn t all smooth running for the Brazilian as he caused one of the two red flags seen during the day Massa stopped on the track mid-afternoon as the team checked the fuel consumption of the car.

Alonso finished second as the team continued to push hard on their aerodynamic updates in a bid to regain their winning streak.

Kovalainen was third quickest in his Renault. It was the first time that Kovalainen had driven the track in a Formula 1 car and he said it was an enjoyable experience. “I raced at this track in GP2 a couple of years ago but the first time in an F1 car is always a bit different, no matter which circuit it is,” Kovalainen remarked. “The car balance was good straight away and I think we have a good baseline to work from at the GP weekend.

“We then tried to get the most out of the changing track conditions by working on tuning the set-up for the wet conditions, particularly focusing on the control systems. That was a good programme and we found some interesting things. In spite of the changeable weather, I think we got the most out of the day and the results were encouraging.”

Ralf Schumacher completed just 29 laps of the circuit before calling it a day – his team decided not to waste mileage running in the wet. Sutil finished a good fourth in the Spyker.

Sebastien Bourdais, Champ Car champion, was in the Toro Rosso car for the first of two days of testing. The Toro Rosso will be watching him closely as they evaluate whether to give the Frenchman a race seat next season or not. Bourdais caused the second red flag of the day after he stopped on-track in the afternoon.

Robert Kubica suffered from gearbox trouble and was only able to complete 29 laps, finishing bottom of the timesheet.

Unofficial Times for Day 2 of testing at Spa

 1.  Massa         Ferrari               1:46.698   54  
 2.  Alonso        McLaren-Mercedes      1:47.012   68 
 3.  Kovalainen    Renault               1:47.754   44 
 4.  R.Schumacher  Toyota                1:48.534   29 
 5.  Sutil         Spyker-Ferrari        1:48.873   49 
 6.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      1:48.915   40 
 7.  Button        Honda                 1:49.526   50 
 8.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:49.732   53 
 9.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       1:50.295   52
10.  Davidson      Super Aguri-Honda     1:52.438   54
11.  Kubica        BMW-Sauber            1:55.155   29