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Jerez day two - McLaren's De la Rosa fastest 20 Sep 2007

Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain. 19 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB3 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain. 19 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari F2007 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain. 19 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Nelson Piquet Jr. (BRA) Renault R27 walks away from his car after spining. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain. 19 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07 Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain. 19 September 2007. World © Patching/Sutton

McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa swept to the top of the timesheets on Wednesday during the second day of testing at Jerez. De la Rosa lapped the Spanish circuit in 1m 19.267s - almost seven-tenths of a second faster than Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

The Spaniard had a busy day working through tyre and set-up evaluations for the forthcoming Japanese, Chinese and Brazilian races. He completed 70 laps in total and will continue to test on Thursday.

Red Bull, meanwhile, fielded Webber for their second day at the track. The Australian, who took over driving duties from 18 year-old tester Sebastian Buemi, covered 109 laps as he carried out aero work and suspension geometry testing in the RB3.

Third fastest was Ferrari tester Luca Badoer. Tasked with evaluating set-up and mechanical solutions for the final three Grands Prix of the season, Badoer completed 70 laps in the F2007. Under one-tenth down on the Italian was fourth-fastest driver Nick Heidfeld for BMW Sauber. Heidfeld covered 106 laps as he tested new aerodynamic parts for the F1.07 and carried out tyre work.

Vitantonio Liuzzi, who tested the Toro Rosso during the morning session, clocked the fifth-quickest time as he carried out a rear wing evaluation. Team mate Sebastian Vettel took over from Liuzzi after lunch, but his session came to an abrupt end on his very first lap after a right rear wheel failure forced him to stop out on track. With repairs taking up the rest of the afternoon, Vettel will get back behind the wheel for a full day on Thursday.

Sixth-fastest was Jenson Button in the Honda. Button spent the morning establishing a good set-up before carrying out a series of aero evaluations. He completed 74 laps and will continue to test on Thursday. Three-tenths down on the British driver was Renault tester Nelson Piquet Jr in seventh.

“We've done a good day's work on the very abrasive Jerez circuit,” explained Piquet. “It did me a lot of good to be back in the car because I always like to drive as much as possible. After 113 laps I said to myself, 'we've made a lot of progress as the programme's been completed.' We're continuing tomorrow on the basis of today's testing, and we hope to make another step forward and collect the maximum amount of data.”

Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, took up the eighth slot for Toyota as he continued the team’s preparations for the forthcoming Japanese race. Schumacher tested a variety of different set-ups and, despite several minor mechanical issues, was able to complete 29 laps. Completing the line-up in ninth was Williams’ driver Nico Rosberg. After spending most of the morning waiting for some new parts to be delivered, Rosberg only had time to complete 32 laps.

Testing continues in Jerez on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:19.267
2. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.947
3. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:20.249
4. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:20.318
5. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toro Rosso, 1:20.624
6. Jenson Button, Honda, 1:20.804
7. Nelson Piquet Jr, Renault, 1:21.101
8. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota, 1:21.608
9. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:22.863
10. Sebastian Vettel, Toro Rosso, no time