Barcelona day two - Massa flies as rain continues to fall 21 Feb 2008
The second day of testing at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday proved just as rain swept as the first, with showers interrupting proceedings throughout Wednesday's session. It was new arrivals Ferrari, however, who managed to get the most from the Spanish track with race driver Felipe Massa clocking the fastest time, a 1m 30.673s, to put him over six-tenths of a second clear of Red Bulls Mark Webber.
Ferrari tester Luca Badoer in the other F2008 also impressed and finished the day in third. Massa tested new aerodynamic components and covered 40 laps, while Badoer completed 33 as he continued the general development of the Italian teams 2008 car.
Webbers team mate David Coulthard took up fourth, as the duo covered almost 100 laps over the session. Red Bull had planned to replicate a race weekend during the day but with the wet conditions, they opted to practice pit stops and carry out two full run-throughs of a qualifying session.
Just behind Coulthard was former world champion Fernando Alonso for Renault in fifth. Alonso completed 28 laps but the teams focus was largely dedicated to checking systems on the car and rehearsing various race procedures in the garage. Alonsos team mate Nelson Piquet Jr completed just one lap in the second R28, finishing in 11th, without a recorded time.
It is hard to be patient when you have spent two days waiting around for the weather conditions to improve, said Piquet. I finished the day having completed only a single installation lap - a bit frustrating for me and all members of the team who had hoped that the track conditions would have improved by the end of the day.
Tuesdays quickest driver, Nico Rosberg, found himself lower down the order on Wednesday. Rosberg finished sixth for Williams after covering 97 laps. The second FW30 was shared by team tester Nico Hulkenberg and race driver Kazuki Nakajima. Hulkenberg, ninth, and Nakajima, tenth, completed over 80 laps, as they continued set-up work.
The fastest Toyota driver was Timo Glock in seventh, while team mate Jarno Trulli finished the day a tenth down on his team mate in eighth. Trulli covered 46 laps of set-up and aerodynamics work in the TF108, but Glock limited himself to a single installation lap in the morning and a further 32 after lunch as track conditions improved.
That was only half a days work for me today because the morning was too wet for us to gain anything from testing, explained the German. In the afternoon we did some running in the wet conditions - first on heavy wet tyres, changing to standard wet tyres. It was difficult to draw conclusions but we found a similar picture to the dry which will help us define where we concentrate our work.
Testing will continue at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday and with the weather predicted to improve, McLaren are expected to join proceedings.
Unofficial Wednesday times from Barcelona:
1. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:30.673
2. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:31:213
3. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:31.288
4. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:31.654
5. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:31.731
6. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:31.963
7. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:32.407
8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:32.571
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:33.102
10. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, no time
11. Nelson Piquet Jr, Renault, no time