Barcelona day two - Badoer leads again in Spain 13 Jun 2008
Ferraris Luca Badoer topped the timesheets for a second consecutive day as testing continued at Barcelonas Circuit de Catalunya on Friday. Badoer's best lap, a 1m21.013s, was over three-tenths quicker than that of McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa in second.
With dry conditions throughout the session, Badoer ran 95 laps of the Spanish circuit, despite a technical problem stopping his car on track at one point. The Italian continued experimenting with various new aerodynamic solutions in preparation for the next few races of the season, as well as trying different set-ups on the F2008.
De la Rosas 111 laps in the MP4-23 moved McLaren closer to signing off new aerodynamic components for the French and British Grands Prix, a programme the team expect to complete on Saturday after windy conditions affected Fridays afternoon session.
Timo Glock put Toyota an encouraging third in the times, the German completing 87 laps of mainly aero work, in spite of a hydraulic problem.
"We had a full test schedule and the delay that we experienced just after lunch was caused by the breakage of a test item that we wouldn't normally use, so nothing serious - that's one of the reasons we test, explained Toyota test team manager Gerd Pfeiffer. Other than that, we got through a lot of work and generally had a strong day."
Williams went fourth fastest courtesy of Nico Rosberg, who covered 86 laps focussing on systems reliability tests for race approval, aero, suspension and brake testing for France and Silverstone, plus some 2009 preparation.
Having taken over from Sebastien Buemi towards the end of Thursdays testing, David Coulthard was Red Bulls only driver, finishing fifth after 86 laps. The Scot continued with work on evaluating new aero and mechanical components. The day went well, providing some positive and interesting results, said chief test engineer, Ian Morgan. However, a minor technical problem sidelined the car around an hour before the end of the session. Apart from that, we worked through our programme and Mark Webber takes over from David for the final day tomorrow.
Robert Kubica was sixth for BMW Sauber as he continued to work on the aerodynamic and mechanical set-up of the F1.08 for France. Kubica, who notched up 114 laps, heads to Warsaw, the capital of his native Poland, on Saturday for the team's Pit Lane Park exhibition. Team mate Nick Heidfeld will take over testing duties.
Seventh in the timesheets went to Hondas Rubens Barrichello, the Brazilians 122 laps concentrating on an aero evaluation in the morning and a comprehensive chassis set-up programme in the afternoon.
Nelson Piquet was back in the cockpit for Renault, the Brazilians 129 laps providing significant progress with the teams aero and chassis development. "It was a good day's work and, despite losing some time before lunch, I was able to do most of what we had planned, said Piquet. We spent the day evaluating some new things that the team will use in France next week and that all went well. Another full day of running tomorrow should put us in good shape for next week."
Completing the Friday line-up was Sebastien Bourdais, who commenced Toro Rossos two-day Barcelona programme, covering 101 laps in the STR3. After shaking down a new chassis, the Frenchman evaluated a new aero package prior to its planned use in his home race next weekend, tried some new front suspension options and also put in some trouble-free long runs with reliability in mind.
We found the new package has a significant effect on the handling of the car, said Toro Rossos chief engineer, Laurent Mekies. We are still working to understand and improve it and this work will continue when Vettel takes over tomorrow.
Testing in Barcelona concludes on Saturday.
Unofficial Friday times from Barcelona:
1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:21.013
2. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:21.374
3. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:21.573
4. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.614
5. David Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:21.668
6. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:21.761
7. Rubens Barrichello, Honda, 1:21.950
8. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:22.037
9. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:22.395