Jerez day two - Buemi still on top form 16 Dec 2008
Red Bull tester Sebastien Buemi maintained his position at the top of the timesheets on Tuesday, as testing continued at the Spanish circuit of Jerez. Buemi clocked a quickest lap of 1m 17.029s to finish almost three-tenths of a second ahead of team mate Sebastian Vettel.
Running two cars, Red Bull concentrated on making set up changes to improve the balance of the car on the new-for-2009 slick tyres. Although Vettel ran wide at Turn One a couple of times during the day, there were no significant problems and both drivers completed 83 laps.
Its been a very good test so far, weve been improving with every lap, which is really good for next season and Im happy, commented Buemi. Were learning more about the slick tyres too, which is important. Im looking forward to tomorrow and trying to improve myself more.
BMW Sauber again ran two F1.08B interim cars, based on the 2008 chassis with some of the bodywork from the 2009 regulations. While Nick Heidfeld used a conventional car, Robert Kubica continued development work with BMW's KERS device. Both drivers started their test programmes nearly two hours late due to the cold morning temperatures.
After the sun had heated up the track, they then worked on set-up and collecting data in preparation for the 2009 season. Kubica concentrated on energy strategies with the KERS system. Heidfeld evaluated different solutions for mechanical set-up, while the team collected more information on the new slick tyres. Heidfeld was third fastest after 85 laps, Kubica fourth after 61.
After the delay in the morning the weather was nearly perfect, so overall it was a good day for me, said Heidfeld. "I did short as well as long runs to compare tyre wear. At the end of the session I did some race start simulations, as this is also an area where we have to adjust to the slick tyres."
Completing the timesheets was Williams Kazuki Nakajima, the Japanese driver running 105 laps of set-up work, aero optimisation and slick tyre development in preparation for 2009.
Kazuki was on duty today and took over from where Nico Hulkenberg left off yesterday, continuing with tyre testing and general set-up work, reported Dickie Stanford, Williams test team manager. We lost a small amount of track time this morning due to the icy weather, but the car has been running well and weve had no other problems. Kazuki will continue in the car tomorrow for our last day of testing this year.
All three teams will wrap up their Jerez programmes on Wednesday.
Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Sebastien Buemi, Red Bull, 1:17.029
2. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:17.319
3. Nick Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:19.303
4. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:20.006
5. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:20.332