Jerez day one - Gene sets the standard 11 Oct 2006
Marc Gene topped the times at Jerez on Tuesday, setting a fastest lap of 1m 17.883s - almost a second quicker than fellow Ferrari tester Luca Badoer. Only five runners made an appearance at the Spanish track for the opening day of the last major testing session of the season.
Gene and Badoer, both at the wheel of a 248 F1, worked through a Bridgestone tyre programme and completed 171 laps between them. Michael Schumacher will replace Gene on Wednesday to carry out further testing alongside Badoer.
Williams driver Alexander Wurz was the third-fastest runner and also the busiest man on track, completing 108 laps in total. Wurzs team mate Narain Karthikeyan joined the Austrian for just 10 laps and clocked the fifth-quickest time. Both Williams runners were testing cars fitted with the teams new gearbox and Toyota engines.
Alex completed a front tyre construction test in the morning and we then moved onto a race distance run in the afternoon which was successfully completed, explained test team manager, Mike Condliffe. We carried out some engine mapping work on Narain's car before we had some teething problems which prevented us completing all the running we had planned.
Completing the days times was Lewis Hamilton, in fourth, for McLaren. Hamilton was limited to a brief shakedown run of 10 laps, but will begin a full day of testing on Wednesday alongside team mate Pedro de la Rosa.
BMW Sauber and Toyota are expected to join the session on Wednesday.
Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.883
2. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.792
3. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:19.549
5. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren (Michelin), 1:22.916
4. Narain Karthikeyan, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:23.550