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Jerez day two - Schumacher wows in final test 12 Oct 2006

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F248 F1 F1 Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 11th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton. Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota TF106 F1 Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 11th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mclaren F1 Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 11th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton. Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota TF106 F1 Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 11th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton. Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1 Testing, Day 2, Jerez, Spain. 11th October 2006. World ©  Patching/Sutton.

Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher dominated the second day of testing at Jerez on Wednesday with a blistering lap of 1m 16.225s - over a second quicker than Luca Badoer in the second 248 F1. This week’s session at the Spanish circuit is set to be Schumacher’s last as a race driver.

The German completed 108 laps whilst carrying out a comprehensive Bridgestone tyre evaluation ahead of the season’s final race in Brazil. Team mate Badoer tested components for next year and completed 92 laps. Both will return on Thursday to continue testing.

BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica was the third-fastest runner. As the only BMW driver present, Kubica spent a busy day swapping between two cars. In the morning the Pole tested new parts for 2007, whilst his afternoon was devoted to tyre and transmission development.

Pedro de la Rosa and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and sixth quickest respectively for McLaren, on the team’s first full day of testing. The pair worked through final set-up and tyre evaluations for Interlagos, before carrying out some development work for the 2007 season.

Fifth fastest was Toyota tester Ricardo Zonta, who completed 111 laps whilst testing tyres. Zonta’s team mate Olivier Panis, meanwhile, was eighth quickest. The Frenchman spent the day collecting data for the team’s race strategy but will switch to tyre evaluation on Thursday alongside Zonta.

"The driver's programmes were quite straightforward. Ricardo worked on tyre comparisons, while Olivier spent the day collecting data that the engineers in the factory needed to analyse various items on the car,” explained Gerd Pfeiffer, Toyota’s test team manager. “Overall, the cars worked well and we made it through the day and both programmes nicely. Tomorrow we will continue the tyre programme on both cars to make the choice for Brazil."

On track for a second day with Williams were Alexander Wurz and Narain Karthikeyan. Wurz was seventh fastest, with Karthikeyan ninth. “Today in Jerez, Narain carried out some engine tests for Toyota in the morning as well as completing an aero test on some new parts and brake work in the afternoon,” explained Mike Condliffe, Williams’ test team manager. “Alex also worked on brake tests and then traction control development. Both drivers completed their planned tyre testing in the afternoon to round off a successful day.”

Testing continues at Jerez on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:16.225
2. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.276
3. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:17.569
4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.788
5. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:17.988
6. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.192
7. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:19.057
8. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:19.342
9. Narain Karthikeyan, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:20.475