Despite a very cold start in Jerez, day two of the final test of the year completed earlier, once again with Sebastien Buemi on top driving the Red Bull Racing RB4. Sebastian Vettel joined the team this time around, taking the sister car out and completing 83 laps, an identical amount to Buemi, who is favourite for one of the seats at Scuderia Toro Rosso next season. BMW fielded both their race drivers; Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, while Williams ran Kazuki Nakajima. Ferrari and McLaren continued testing further north at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal.
Buemi, who is substituting the recovering Mark Webber following his cycling accident, managed to pip Vettel by 0.3s, the German driver having a few offs throughout the day. Nick Heidfeld drove the BMW F1.08B fitted with slick tyres, while Robert Kubica continued to evaluate the F1.08K, the interim car fitted with KERS. Heidfeld ended the day 0.7s up on his team mate. Interestingly, BMW were testing different strategies with their KERS device, implying that the system is almost ready for use.
After the delay in the morning the weather was nearly perfect, so overall it was a good day for me. I did short as well as long runs to compare tyre wear. At the end of the session I did some race start simulations, as this is also an area where we have to adjust to the slick tyres. Nick Heidfeld.
Kazuki Nakajima continued testing Williams’s interim car, fitted with the new front and rear wings as well as having clean bodywork and slick tyres.
Kazuki was on duty today and took over from where Nico Hulkenberg left off yesterday, continuing with tyre testing and general set-up work. We lost a small amount of track time this morning due to the icy weather, but the car has been running well and we’ve had no other problems. Kazuki will continue in the car tomorrow for our last day of testing this year. Dickie Stanford, Test Team Manager.
Williams also made other news today with a rumour that suggests the squad will be dropping their test team from January 1st, instead using the race team at test sessions. Tomorrow could be Dickie Stanford’s last day with the crew who attend the tests throughout the off-season. This news does make sense now that in-season testing has been banned. The only time a team will be able to run a car for part or driver-evaluating purposes is over the winter, or during Friday’s free practices at the grands prix.
|1.||Sebastien Buemi Red Bull Racing||1m17.029s||83 Laps|
|2.||Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing||1m17.319s||83 Laps|
|3.||Nick Heidfeld BMW||1m19.303s||85 Laps|
|4.||Robert Kubica BMW||1m20.006s||61 Laps|
|5.||Kazuki Nakajima Williams||1m20.332s||105 Laps|
|1.||Pedro De La Rosa McLaren||1m30.080s||68 Laps|
|2.||Luca Badoer Ferrari||1m31.320s||71 Laps|
|3.||Marc Gene Ferrari||1m33.076s||51 Laps|