Nine Formula 1 teams were in action yesterday in the testing session at Jerez. It came as little surprise to see the McLaren-Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton topping the timesheet, closely followed by team-mate Pedro de la Rosa.
The start of the test session did not go as smoothly as was planned cars were heading for the pit exit at 9am when the lights went red, as a worker aiding development work on the last corner s run-off area, ahead of this weekend s MotoGP race, was seen walking on the track.
It was the second day of testing for Williams as they signed off a front wing development having had problems with it in earlier test runs. Nakajima put in a good performance to finish with the fourth fastest time of the day, whilst team-mate Rosberg had a minor off and ended up in fifth place.
Mark Webber s RB4 continued to sport the shark fin engine cover and ended up in seventh place despite a rocky start to the session when the lights went red on the pit-lane, the Aussie driver stalled his car and had to be recovered back to his pit garage before he could start his car up again.
The test session also saw two red flags the first was caused by Alex Wurz who went off at the first corner late on in the morning; the second was caused by Sebastien Vettel when he went off at Turn 10.
Unofficial Times (12/02/2008)
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.102 89 2. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.287 88 3. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:19.539 91 4. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:19.601 93 5. Piquet Renault 1:19.660 120 6. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:19.958 94 7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:20.013 113 8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:20.029 125 9. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.105 53 10. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:20.176 111 11. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.418 82 12. Barrichello Honda 1:21.133 71 13. di Grassi Renault 1:21.200 92 14. Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:21.400 90 15. Liuzzi Force India-Ferrari 1:21.553 103 16. Wurz Honda 1:21.950 86