Jerez Test: Week Two Day Three

The third day of testing completed yesterday and finally the weather played nice and the teams were able to run in the dry and get to know their chassis more intimately. The third day of four also saw many teams changing their drivers to allow each the opportunity to drive, and as the session closed it was Red Bull’s Mark Webber who posted the fastest time around Spain’s Jerez circuit, completing the lap 0.8s faster than nearest rival Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari.

Not only was Webber the fastest driver of the day yesterday, but his lap time was also the fastest of the year, the Australian beating the previous benchmark set by Lewis Hamilton last week. Fernando Alonso was the second-busiest driver of the day, touring the circuit 132 times and able to learn more about the F10 car. Jenson Button was running in the McLaren MP4-25 and the Briton managed a third-fastest time, just under 0.3s shy of the Ferrari.

Kamui Kobayashi, who took over duties at Sauber from Pedro De La Rosa, endured a miserable day and stopped on track just a couple of hours into the morning’s run. The C29 suffered a fuel system problem which took five hours to correct. When Kobayashi returned he could only manage 28 laps, his fastest placing him eighth on the timing sheet.

Jaime Alguersuari took control of the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 and completed 120 laps of the circuit, although his best time was only good enough for P9. Alguersuari failed to emulate the pretty competitive times set by team mate Sebastien Buemi on Wednesday, although given the improvement in weather, probably more indicative of where the STR5 is in comparison to others

Force India decided to concentrate on just one driver for the day, running Adrian Sutil exclusively in the VJM03. Sutil completed 69 laps and was placed in a fairly comfortable P7 by the end of the afternoon, just 0.23s shy of Robert Kubica in the Renault. Michael Schumacher returned to the Mercedes, the German’s best time being just 0.005s behind the busiest driver of the day, Williams pilot Nico Hulkenberg.

The day saw a total of six red flags, two from Lucas Di Grassi in the Virgin who finished the test in tenth, one from Mark Webber who stopped just before lunch, one from Nico Hulkenberg who stopped five minutes from the end causing the whole session to end a little early, another came from Heikki Kovalainen who finished his day in eleventh and the final red flag was caused by Kobayashi in his faulty Sauber.

Jerez Test
Week Two Day Three

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m19.299s 115 Laps
2. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Ferrari 1m20.115s 132 Laps
3. British FlagJenson Button McLaren 1m20.394s 101 Laps
4. German FlagNico Hulkenberg Williams 1m21.432s 138 Laps
5. German FlagMichael Schumacher Mercedes 1m21.437s 79 Laps
6. Polish FlagRobert Kubica Renault 1m21.916s 100 Laps
7. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m21.939s 69 Laps
8. Japanese FlagKamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m22.228s 28 Laps
9. Spanish FlagJaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m22.564s 120 Laps
10. Brazilian FlagLucas Di Grassi Virgin Racing 1m23.504s 34 Laps
11. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen Lotus 1m23.521s 68 Laps

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