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F1 Jerez Test 2015 (result day 2): Sauber newcomer with the best time

Stefan Baldauf
F1 Jerez Test 2015 (result day 3)
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A m Tuesday (3.2.2015 ) The weather initially made conditions difficult. After nocturnal rainfall, the 4.428-kilometer-long asphalt strip was still damp in the morning. In the absence of sun and fresh temperatures around 13 ° C, it took a relatively long time until the slicks could finally be put on.

Nasr only with departure then with the best time

The first victim of the Conditions was called Felipe Nasr. The Brazilian newcomer to Sauber threw his car into the gravel at Turn 9 and had to be rescued. Fortunately, the C34 remained undamaged and was quickly ready for use again after a brief cleaning. Despite a further slight delay due to the delivery of fresh update parts from Switzerland, Nasr even set the fastest time of the day in 1: 21.545 minutes.

Before the Sauber fans fall into euphoria, however, we have to note that Nasr is with his fastest run was on the fast, soft tires. In addition, none of the teams showed a particular effort to chase times. For the Sauber engineers, too, the number of laps achieved (108) should be more important than the position in the tableau.

The daily best value in the kilometer classification was once again secured by Nico Rosberg. The German had already completed 157 laps on his first appearance on Sunday. Another 151 were added on Tuesday. No other pilot could keep up with that. Even the Mercedes had to use the tow truck for a short time at lunchtime. A motor sensor had detected an error and switched off the unit as a precaution. Apparently just a small hiccup.

McLaren stopped by water leak

McLaren had to cope with a bigger hiccup again . On the third day of the test, the engineers were only able to tick off a few items from the test plan. Only in the morning did the Honda engine run for a few laps at a time. After the 32nd lap it was over again for Fernando Alonso. To track down a leak in the cooling water circuit, the mechanics had to remove the engine. That was not possible in the remaining 5 hours.

In the first two sessions, the new McLaren MP4-30 had only achieved a total of 12 laps. Overall, the lap counter now stands at 44. However, Alonso celebrated the increase after his last appearance of the weekeuphoric as a 'big step forward'. It is doubtful whether the Spanish fans on the track are also satisfied with the lean food.

Things went better for Alonso's ex-Ferrari team. After the two Vettel best times at the start of the Jerez week, Kimi Räikkönen found himself in second place in his first appearance in the SF15-T. He set his best time on the medium tire, which Pirelli says is 1.5 seconds slower. The reliability also fits. Despite a small telemetry problem at the start of the day, the red car managed to finish 92 laps.

Red Bull has to have an engine change

Red Bull could only dream of this number. After Daniil Kvyat's front wing mishap the day before, Daniel Ricciardo spent a lot of time in the garage on Tuesday due to a defective water pump. It took almost 5 hours to change the entire Renault engine. Later on, a sensor problem caused further downtime. Only with a couple of long runs at the end of the day did Ricciardo raise his lap account to 48.

Lotus left a better impression. On the second appearance with the new car, the program was voluntarily started a little later because of the damp conditions. They did not want to take the risk of Pastor Maldonado's departure due to a lack of spare parts. After a small telemetry problem was also fixed, the black and gold car achieved 96 laps and the fifth fastest time.

A little faster than Maldonado was Valtteri Bottas in the Williams in 4th place, the long time of the Days spent doing aerodynamic runs and setup tests. Right behind Maldonado in the timesheet, Carlos Sainz finished 6th in the Toro Rosso. The local hero secured second place in the kilometer standings with 136 laps.

You can review the whole day of the test in our photo gallery.

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