B uemi before button is a result, that you don't necessarily bet on. The best time of Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi was canceled. The Japanese drove them three minutes after the official end of the test day. Alonso was already moving in the Ferrari tent when Kobayasahi set his fastest lap with 1.19.950 minutes.
Kobayashi out of competition
The day's best Buemi grinned: 'Kobayashi drove out of competition.' The Swiss was happy with his day. 'The Toro Rosso goes well with a lot and little fuel in the tank. We have solved the teething troubles in Valencia. I made it through the last two days without a problem. We were able to unwind our full program.' Buemi is flying to England this evening. 'I'll be back in the simulator tomorrow.' Replacement employment when test kilometers are rare.
Michael Schumacher only in fifth place, and Alonso even further down, that calls for an explanation. Alonso drove with a lot of gasoline in the tank most of the time. 'We wanted to push some parts like the brakes and the tires to the limit,' said the Spaniard on the evening after the second day of Jerez testing. 'The priority now is stability.' The two-time world champion was the marathon man of the day with 129 laps. In the morning he drove exactly 50 laps in a row. At the end of his endurance run, the Ferrari driver managed 1.22 times despite the worn tires. 'The degradation of the tires and the decreasing tank capacity were balanced,' said the new Ferrari star. 'I was surprised that the car felt almost the same over the entire turn.'
Schumacher optimistic again
Michael Schumacher also ate kilometers. 557 to be precise. His best time: 1.21.083 minutes. 'Today the simulation of a race distance had priority, we want to drive as many kilometers as possible.' The returnees feel as if they had never left: 'Now I'm inside and I feel like I used to.' Schumacher gave a more optimistic outlook on the season after his pessimistic prognosis from Valencia that one could hardly expect a victory in the first race: 'I assume that we have a package with which we will around the year Championship. '
Mark Webber in the new Red Bull RB6 only finished penultimate. He'd spent most of the day on board with tire tests and lots of gas. Firstsomething was refueled in the last half hour. The Australian always stood in the pits for a long time. The car was radically rebuilt several times. On the first real day for the RB6, Red Bull had to catch up on what the others had already done in Valencia: basic work on the car.
Fuel differences do not allow analysis
The unusual order is easy to explain. The large fuel differences in the individual teams do not allow a reasonable analysis. Buemi was on the road with visibly little gasoline in his best time of 1,20.028 minutes. His Toro Rosso-Ferrari turned aggressively into the corners. Jenson Button was never out for long at the time of day when he was doing his fast laps. The Englishman came back to the pits after three-lap turns. With 1.20,616 he was well behind Buemi. That doesn't say anything either. It is quite possible that he had 30 kilograms more fuel on board. Then the result would look completely different again. Button ended the test day early. His McLaren Mercedes stopped short of the hairpin nine minutes before the end. 'A warning lamp lit up on the display. I turned it off,' explained the Englishman, who was visibly satisfied with his third day in the McLaren. 'I already feel at home in my new car. The seating problems have also been resolved.'
Nico Hülkenberg lost the entire morning due to hydraulic damage. 'Modern cars are so complicated,' complains test chief Dickie Stanford, 'that repairs like this take forever.' When Hülkenberg finally got to drive, the waves in Williams camp smoothed out again. The newcomer achieved good lap times and was third for a long time. The annoying understeer, which was a major headache in Valencia, has largely been cured. Williams has rebuilt the weight distribution. That helped. With 1.20,629 and third place, Hülkenberg could be satisfied. 'It was important that I finally had a dry day of testing,' said the Rhinelander after the day before that he had completely fallen into the water.
Kobayashi and Glock with problems
Force India driver Vitantonio Liuzzi took a long time to get his new car running, but then the Italian cuts a fine figure. But bet that his 1.20,754 didn't have a ton of gasoline in the tank either? Kamui Kobayashi lost a lot of time in the morning. A defective oil line kept the car in the garage for a long time. Nevertheless, the Sauber team was satisfied. The car can be set up easily and logically.
For Timo Glock, the test day ended at eleven o'clock. Between turns 1 and 2, the left front wing end plate broke without warning. It was the eleventh round of the new VirginF1 pilot. At first a structural problem was suspected, but Glock gave the all-clear: 'On the lap before I drove hard over the curbs in the chicane. Maybe the wing was damaged there.'The day of the test was over because the necessary spare parts were missing.
If you want to be fast tomorrow (February 12th), you have to hurry. It should still be dry until the early afternoon hours. Then a bad weather front threatens from the west, which Jerez is supposed to flood over the next four days.