Formula 1 test: rain frustration in Jerez

Formula 1: Jerez test day 2 (18.2.)
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A nalusia is not one these days good patch to develop a Formula 1 car. As on the day before, the slope in Jerez was mostly damp. As soon as the first pilots dared to step out of the pits on slicks, the sky opened its locks again. The strong winds made the test work even more difficult. 'With the wind and rain we couldn't even practice changing tires,' complained Mercedes sports director Norbert Haug in the evening.

No new findings for Sauber

At Force India , the plans were thrown out without further ado and let test pilot Paul di Resta gain experience in the morning. Regular driver Tonio Liuzzi did not take over the wheel until 2 p.m. Most of the teams simply opted for a shortened program. 'After the same changeable conditions as yesterday, it just wasn't worth driving much today,' said Sauber driver Pedro de la Rosa after only eight laps in the new C29.

Other drivers were already there more motivated. Rubens Barrichello not only set the fastest time of the day (1: 27.145 min.) But also put it in his Williams overall also the greatest distance back. The veteran lapped the 4.4 kilometer long slope 98 times.

Petrov continues to gain rain experience

Almost seven tenths behind in second place presented himself for the first time Vitaly Petrov at the top of the timescale. The Russian is one of the most unlucky ones on the test drives. Practically every time the Renault newcomer gets into the car, the sky opens the locks. The few dry days were previously reserved for team mate Robert Kubica.

Behind Barrichello and Petrov, a German duo took the other places. Sebastian Vettel was content with third place after setting the fastest time the day before. Silver Arrows newcomer Nico Rosberg finished fourth just behind. With 70 and 71 laps respectively, the two Germans covered more than one Grand Prix distance. Felipe Massa was even harder with 92 laps. His best lap was enough to finish fifth.

Glock and Kovalainen with rides

Timo Glock startedthe day with a trip to the gravel bed. When the Virgin Renner was recovered and cleaned, the Odenwälder was finally able to drive a few kilometers in a row. With a total of 72 laps, Glock practically doubled the previous mileage of the VR-01. With a good three seconds behind, the new racer is not that far off the top. Even Lewis Hamilton's McLaren could be left behind in the little or no meaningful time table.

The unlucky person of the day was Heikki Kovalainen. The Finn lost control of his new Lotus in turn three and damaged the front wing and nose. As there weren't enough parts on site, the team had to end the day after just 30 laps. 'My fault,' the pilot admitted. At least a few problems with the hydraulics could be resolved in peace.


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