Jerez day two - Glock top for Toyota in rainy Spain 02 Mar 2009
Toyotas Timo Glock was the quickest runner as testing continued at Jerez on Monday. After Sundays largely dry conditions, rain fell throughout most of the day at the Spanish circuit, but Glock still managed to cover 89 laps in the TF109 on his way to setting a best time of 1m 30.979s.
With showers dominating, the conditions made for an unusually consistent damp track, which enabled the German to run through a full programme of wet weather work. Glock will continue to test for the Japanese team on Tuesday.
Wet weather usually makes it hard to carry out comparative testing but today was a very interesting day because the track stayed consistently wet throughout the sessions, explained Pascal Vasselon, Toyota's senior general chassis manager. That allowed us to do some useful work on set-up and tyres so we made the most out of the running time. The TF109 continues to be reliable and we were able to carry out a full day's work, collecting some helpful data."
BMW Saubers Robert Kubica finished second quickest in the F1.09. Unlike many of their rivals, who have endured more than their fair share of wet weather over the winter, it was the first time the teams new car had run in the wet. And despite a brief stoppage caused by a water-activated false electrical alarm, Kubica covered 70 laps, as he evaluated his charge in the rain.
Just over a tenth adrift of the Polish driver was Nico Rosberg for Williams. Despite the rain, Rosberg completed a full race distance in the FW31, covering 114 laps. Fourth fastest was Giancarlo Fisichella after another strong day in the newly-launched Force India. Fisichella covered 54 laps in the VJM02, despite a fuel system problem in the morning.
Considering the amount of laps we did today, it is quite encouraging again, commented the Italian. It is a reasonable time, six tenths off the fastest, so I am quite pleased. Unfortunately we had a problem with the fuel pressure again and didn't run enough.
"Then I was struggling a little bit to find the right set up with the full wet tyres but then at the end of the day the circuit was getting better and, as with several other people, we tried the standard wet and I felt much more comfortable with the balance.
Sundays quickest runner, Sebastian Vettel, took up fifth slot for Red Bull. Rather than undertaking a scheduled development programme in the RB5, Vettel ran through pit-lane procedures and pit stops in the morning before tackling a race simulation in the afternoon. Team mate Mark Webber will test on Tuesday.
Heikki Kovalainen finished in sixth place for McLaren, as he evaluated different brakes and set-ups. The rain also allowed the team to sample Bridgestones new wet tyre compounds, although Kovalainen spent most of the session on extreme wets. The Finn covered 91 laps in the MP4-24 and will continue to test on Tuesday.
A tenth down on the Finn was Nelson Piquet for Renault. With the rain forcing the team to rethink their programme, Piquet concentrated on endurance work, adding further mileage to the R29 and covering a total of 66 laps. Team mate Fernando Alonso will join the test on Tuesday.
"The wet weather today meant we had to change our programme and simply worked on getting miles on the car and using the wet weather tyres, said the Brazilian. Because it continued raining throughout the day, the track conditions remained pretty consistent and so we were still able to learn some interesting things about the car."
Ferraris Felipe Massa was also meant to be in action on Monday, but with the Italian team planning to evaluate Bridgestones 2010 tyres, they were forced to sit out the entire test due to the rain. Massa, and the other runners, will be back in action on Tuesday.
Unofficial Monday times from Jerez:
1. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:30.979
2. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:31.327
3. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:31.451
4. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 1:31.547
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:32.220
6. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:33.371
7. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:33.476
8. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, no time