Valencia day three - Rosberg quickest 22 Feb 2007
Nico Rosberg kept the new Williams FW29 on top of the timesheets on Wednesday, during the final day of testing in Valencia. Rosberg clocked a best lap of 1m 11.920s around the Spanish track - over five-tenths of a second quicker than Spyker's Adrian Sutil.
Rosberg was joined by Williams test driver Narain Karthikeyan, who took over from Alexander Wurz in the second FW29 and finished fourth fastest. Due to damp conditions at the circuit, Williams were forced to change their programme for the day, with Rosberg switching to aero work and Karthikeyan focusing on the set-up of the 2007 car.
Spyker, meanwhile, fielded both their race drivers, with Christijan Albers joining Sutil behind the wheel of a second F8-VII. The team concentrated on optimizing the balance of the new car as well as attempting to improve its performance over one-lap runs. While Sutil was the second-fastest driver, Albers finished in third after covering a mammoth 115 laps.
Having both opted to skip this week's Bahrain test, which commences on Thursday, Williams and Spyker will stay in Spain next week for their last three-day test before the season opener in Melbourne in March. The two teams will head to Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya and begin testing on February 27.
Unofficial Wednesday times from Valencia:
1. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:11.920
2. Adrian Sutil, Spyker, 1:12.490
3. Christijan Albers, Spyker, 1:13.090
4. Narain Karthikeyan, Williams, 1:14.160