Jerez Testing: Day 3 round-up

Pedro de la Rosa finished the week on a high setting the quickest time on the final day of testing at Jerez. The McLaren test driver was the only man to managed a time under 1 minute 19 seconds.

Sebastian Vettel returned to Toro Rosso after a brief testing sprint with Red Bull Racing, and he finished the day with the fourth quickest time. Sebastien Buemi took over testing for the Red Bull team.

Meanwhile Felipe Massa completed Ferrari’s testing across at the Mugello circuit, completing 98 laps with a quickest time of 1:23.618.

Unofficial Test Times for Day 3 Jerez

Pos  Driver        Team                   Time     Laps
 1.  de la Rosa    McLaren-Mercedes       1:18.992   90
 2.  Heidfeld      BMW-Sauber             1:19.250   98
 3.  di Grassi     Renault                1:19.280  102
 4.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:19.470   93
 5.  Buemi         Red Bull-Renault       1:20.005   84
 6.  Glock         Toyota                 1:20.482  111
 7.  Wurz          Honda                  1:22.658   51
 8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota        1:22.806  102


Jerez Testing: Day 2 round-up

Eight teams took to the Jerez circuit on the second day of testing this week. Christian Klien was the quickest man of the day in the BMW Sauber with a time of 1:19.537. Sebastian Vettel wasn t far behind with a quickest lap of 1:19.873 in his first test for Red Bull and despite having some gear box issues. Robert Kubica was set to take over for BMW on Thursday however an infected tooth means that Nick Heidfeld will test for the remaining two days instead.

Sebastien Buemi, normally the reserve driver for Red Bull, tested for Toro Rosso, finishing the day in third place.

Gary Paffett was behind the wheel for McLaren as the team ran their KERS system for the first time. The team finished with the fourth fastest time of the day.

Unofficial times for Day 2 Testing at Jerez:

Pos Driver              Team                  Time      Laps
 1. Christian Klien     BMW Sauber            1:19.537    84
 2. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1:19.878    60
 3. Sebastien Buemi     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:20.209    88
 4. Gary Paffett        McLaren-Mercedes      1:20.602    52
 5. Kamui Kobayashi     Toyota                1:20.769    94
 6. Lucas di Grassi     Renault               1:20.853    90
 7. Alexander Wurz      Honda                 1:21.123    71
 8. Kazuki Nakajima     Williams              1:23.171    61

Jerez Testing: Day 1 round-up

Having been given the green light by FIA official Charlie Whiting after several modifications had been made to the circuit, three teams kicked off the final testing session of 2008 at Jerez, Spain yesterday.

Just BMW Sauber, Williams and Honda were present on Tuesday although everyone else is expected out on track on Wednesday.

The quickest driver of the day was BMW test driver Marko Asmer who completed 79 laps and posted a quickest time of 1:20.189.

Dani Clos, a 19 year old Spaniard, took to the wheel of an F1 car for the first time in a Williams. He managed 75 laps with a fastest time of 1:23.224 as the team tested out their new KERS for the first time.

Mike Conway was out on track for Honda. He could only manage 20 laps and a quickest time of 1:24.123 thanks for a problem with sensor wiring on the car.

Unofficial Times for Day 1 Testing at Jerez

Pos  Driver        Team                   Time     Laps
 1.  Asmer         BMW-Sauber             1:20.189   79
 2.  Clos          Williams-Toyota        1:23.224   75
 3.  Conway        Honda                  1:24.123   20