Day one of the Barcelona test wound up earlier with wet weather interrupting many of the runs and hindering progress for the teams present. Currently, only Williams, Toyota, Red Bull and Renault are setting times with Super Aguri shelving plans to join their rivals earlier in the week. Rosberg comfortably went to the top of the timing sheet, setting a 1m30.675s, just shy of two seconds quicker than team mate Kazuki Nakajima.
Mark Webber went third in his Red Bull getting to be within 0.2s of Nakajima despite only completing 26 laps to Kazuki’s 96. Fourth place went to Fernando Alonso who waved to local fans lining the track despite the damp weather.
It was cold and wet today and so there was no point in doing a lot of running. It was an opportunity to try the car in the wet, but it was so slippery that we did not do many laps. We waited in the afternoon for conditions to improve, but they did not so we ended the day slightly early. Fernando Alonso.
David Coulthard completed 22 laps ahead of Jarno Trulli in the Toyota and Nelson Piquet Jr in the second Renault. Toyota were present with two cars, but test driver Kamui Kobayashi only set one installation lap in the TF108. McLaren were at the circuit and set up in their garage, but ultimately decided not to run. The British squad will review the conditions on Wednesday and make a decision in the morning.
Barcelona Day One Lap Times
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Williams||1m30.675s||73 Laps|
|2.||Kazuki Nakajima||Williams||1m32.370s||96 Laps|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||1m32.599s||26 Laps|
|4.||Fernando Alonso||Renault||1m32.820s||16 Laps|
|5.||David Coulthard||Red Bull Racing||1m32.924s||22 Laps|
|6.||Jarno Trulli||Toyota||1m.33.284s||57 Laps|
|7.||Nelson Piquet Jr||Renault||1m40.073s||8 Laps|
|8.||Kamui Kobayashi||Toyota||No Time||1 Lap|
Image courtesy of Williams.