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Formula 1: Four days of testing, four of the day's best - the tension rises

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Formula 1: Jerez test day 4 (20.2.)
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It can hardly be assumed that anything will change in this balance during the last test in Barcelona. On the C ircuit de Catalunya the teams will have to reveal their cards from Thursday to Sunday. After that, before the first Grand Prix on March 14th in Bahrain, they no longer have a chance of gaining any insight into their true strength or conclusions about the potential of the competition under conditions similar to that of a competition. That is why most of the people in Barcelona will compete with advanced racing cars.

Jensen Button on the fourth day of testing with a superior best time

The predominantly bad weather in Jerez thwarted the drivers and engineers' plans. With a lot of rain instead of full sun, the heat battle to be expected in the Sachir desert at the start of the season in mid-March could not be simulated. 'It's a shame that the weather was so bad,' said Vettel. That's why his Red Bull Team lost a lot of time and not being able to test the things that were planned. Nevertheless, things went well for the vice champion from Heppenheim: Vettel set the fastest time at the start on Wednesday and was third fastest on Thursday, the best German. His Australian team-mate Mark Webber dominated on Friday. With the superior overall best time on Saturday in the best external conditions, Button proved that he can be reckoned with in the title race even after his move to McLaren-Mercedes.

Michael Schumacher is the hardest-working tester

After the third test unit it turns out that the world championship decision will probably be between Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren-Mercedes and Mercedes Grand Prix. Record world champion Michael Schumacher diligently reeled off laps and is one of the most eager testers with a total of 2,250 kilometers to date. The 41-year-old returnees from Kerpen has a good feeling and called the new Silver Arrow 'a winning car'. Team mate Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden), who finished fifth, spoke of a very good test: “We made good progress with our set-up and learned a lot.”

The surprise of the German driver sextet was Adrian Sutil. The Graefinger was alwaysgood at what speaks for the quality of his Force India. Formula 1 freshman Nico Hülkenberg (Emmerich) made a good impression in the Williams-Cosworth. Timo Glock (Wersau), on the other hand, has moved to Virgin Racing tough times ahead. 'This season is going to be tough. But that was clear to us from the start,' said the Hessian, who could hardly drive due to technical problems.

Campos with new leadership, but still without a car

Meanwhile, one of the four newcomers was at least more stable in terms of personnel. Campos wants to ensure its start in the coming season with a new leadership. The team announced that José Ramón Carabante now holds the majority. The Spaniard was already partner and president of the racing team and took over the shares from founder Adrian Campos. Carabante signed Colin Kolles as the new team boss. The dentist already held this position at Force India and its predecessor teams until the end of 2008. Team Campos, which recently struggled with financial problems, has not yet presented a car and currently only one driver in the Brazilian Bruno Senna.

USF1, on the other hand, remains a shaky candidate. Team boss Ken Anderson told the New York Times on Saturday that the team was unable to start in Bahrain. USF1 had submitted an application to the International Automobile Federation FIA to be allowed to skip the first four Grand Prix and to make its debut at the European opener in Barcelona. However, this contradicts the regulations.

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