W he already appeared to be Petrus last year not a Formula 1 fan. After three of the four test days more or less fell into the water in Jerez the previous week, the Andalusian sky opened its locks at the start of the second week.
F1 test for the first time at eleven Cars
On Wednesday (February 17th) the spectators were able to watch eleven different cars on the track for the first time this year. Shortly after the start of the test at 9 a.m., was howling in the garage Lotus the Cosworth V8. Controlled by the Malaysian test pilot Fairuz Fauzy, the new T127 his first laps on rain tires.
The Anglo-Asiatic design showed itself from its best side on the first trip. By noon, 50 laps had been covered quickly. Except for a failed power steering, there were no major problems to complain about. One hour before the end of the test, after 76 laps, the daily quota was fulfilled and the garage at Lotus closed again.
Lotus is catching up with Virgin
This enabled the green-yellow painted bolide to cover almost as many kilometers in just one day as the competing model from Virgin Racing . Timo Glock didn't get more than ten laps on the fifth day after the car had only completed 87 laps on the four days of the previous week. The Virgin racer rarely turned more than one lap at a time on wet slopes. As expected, both teams stayed at the end of the timesheet by a long way.
Right at the front, Sebastian Vettel was able to finish a test day at the top of the ranking for the first time. The Red Bull lapped the circuit 99 times without major breakdowns and left Lewis Hamilton's McLaren a good four-tenths behind on its fastest lap. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa followed in third place in the relatively insignificant timesheet. The adverse weather conditions as well as the large variables in the amount of fuel make the classification difficult to interpret. In the previous week, all of the teams were partly much faster.
Schumacher easily over 111 laps
Above all, the many changes in weather made work difficult for the teams. In between, the track dried off briefly and allowed driving with slicks before the next shower hit Jerez. The teams that actually need constant ratios to collect reliable data mainly focused on reliability tests.
The hardest-working pilot on Wednesday was Michael Schumacher of all people. With 111 laps, the 41-year-old proved once again that his fitness is not a problem. The gap of a good second to Vettel should not worry the Silver Arrow fans any more than the fact that the Toro Rosso from Sebastien Buemi and the Sauber from Pedro de la Rosa were in the end ahead of the German in the time table.
'The weather really changed constantly,' complained the record champion afterwards. 'That made it difficult for us to go through with the planned program and to get a better assessment of the other performances. Our laps have once again confirmed the reliability of our car and from the impression of the data we can say that the performance looks very good.' p>
Force India change at noon
At Force India even had two pilots in action at the start of the second week of testing. In the morning, DTM driver Paul di Resta was allowed to take the wheel for the first time this year, before he had to hand over his cockpit to regular driver Adrian Sutil in the afternoon. In the best of his 28 laps, Sutil drove eight tenths faster than his Scottish team-mate.