The second of the final test of the pre-season wrapped up earlier, and this time Fernando Alonso managed to set the fastest lap in the Renault R29. Alonso posted a time in the 78 second frame and was 0.055s faster than the chasing Rubens Barrichello. Alonso lost a lot of time during yesterday’s session after an accident meant he had to wait in the garage for most of the afternoon. Today though, the Spaniard was enjoying a more productive time, completing 103 laps to become the second busiest driver of the day.
I’m happy with the day as we did more than a 100 laps which was our target for my final day of winter testing. This has been the first time we have run on a really hot track and the information we have from today will be very useful for the first few races, which are usually very hot. Fernando Alonso.
Alonso’s comment of running on a hot track mirrors that of Barrichello’s from yesterday. It seems the warm weather is helping the teams gain further insight into the behaviour of their cars, and one has to wonder if those who aren’t taking part in Jerez are missing out on valuable data. After all, Australia will be hot and Malaysia will likely be very hot and very humid.
Just because the Brawns weren’t on top today doesn’t meant they didn’t look competitive. Rubens Barrichello narrowly missed out on the top spot, and when Jenson Button took over the car in the afternoon, the Briton immediately looked fast, posting a third quickest time that was just 0.5s shy of his team mate’s. Fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton kicked off McLaren’s last test session, and posted a time 0.6s shy of Button’s. The final position went to Nico Rosberg of Williams, who was a further 0.25s down, although did manage an impressive 123 laps.
|1.||Fernando Alonso Renault||1m18.343s||103 Laps|
|2.||Rubens Barrichello Brawn GP||1m18.398s||62 Laps|
|3.||Jenson Button Brawn GP||1m18.892s||12 Laps|
|4.||Lewis Hamilton McLaren||1m19.513s||85 Laps|
|5.||Nico Rosberg Williams||1m19.783s||123 Laps|