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Jerez day one - Glock quickest in Spain for BMW Sauber 19 Sep 2007

Timo Glock (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton  Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Honda RA107 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams Toyota FW29 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari F2007 Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain. 18 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton

BMW Sauber test driver Timo Glock set the fastest time in Jerez on Tuesday during the first day of testing at the Spanish circuit. Glock’s best lap of 1m 20.606s was more than six tenths of a second quicker than Toro Rosso’s Vitantonio Liuzzi.

Dry and sunny conditions throughout the day saw the tester complete 71 laps as the team prepared for the forthcoming Japanese and Chinese Grands Prix and tested development parts for 2008. Glock will hand over the F1.07 to Nick Heidfeld on Wednesday.

Liuzzi posted the second fastest time as he carried out set-up work and evaluated braking material in the Toro Rosso. The Italian covered 90 laps and will continue to test on Wednesday morning, before team mate Sebastian Vettel takes over in the afternoon.

Sebastien Buemi, meanwhile, finished the day in third after enjoying a second test for Red Bull. Buemi, who is competing in this year’s Formula 3 Euroseries, completed 59 laps as he continued to familiarise himself with the RB3. The 18 year-old Swiss driver also found time to carry out some work for 2008 but was forced to end his day early after a transmission problem limited his running.

Fourth fastest was Toyota tester Franck Montagny, who covered 72 laps in the TF107. Montagny carried out aerodynamic and mechanical set-up work for the Japanese Grand Prix. Just under one-tenth down on the Frenchman was Pedro de la Rosa in the McLaren. De la Rosa completed 46 laps as he carried out preparatory work for 2008 in the MP4-22.

Fellow test driver Nelson Piquet Jr finished the day in sixth for Renault. Piquet was also charged with evaluating his team’s 2008 software systems, although a mechanical problem limited the Brazilian’s running in the afternoon.

“I was really looking forward to driving today, especially because I will be in the car every day this week, which is the first time I have had this opportunity since I joined the team,” he explained. “I felt comfortable with the car straight away, and the pace was okay. I will be aiming to bring the maximum to the team tomorrow as well, to ensure we have done the best possible preparation for the final three races of the year.”

Rubens Barrichello was seventh quickest for Honda. Barrichello completed a series of aerodynamic evaluations in the RA107, together with general set-up work. He will hand over testing duties to team mate Jenson Button on Wednesday.

Completing the line-up at Jerez were Williams’ tester Kazuki Nakajima in eighth and Ferrari’s Luca Badoer in ninth. Badoer covered 36 laps in the F2007 as he worked through a programme devoted to the development of the Italian team’s electronics for 2008.

Testing continues at Jerez on Wednesday.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Timo Glock, BMW Sauber, 1:20.606
2. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toro Rosso, 1:21.280
3. Sebastien Buemi, Red Bull, 1:21.309
4. Franck Montagny, Toyota, 1:21.555
5. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:21.651
6. Nelson Piquet Jr, Renault, 1:22.009
7. Rubens Barrichello, Honda, 1:22.020
8. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:23.177
9. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:23.432