Jerez day three - Glock still quickest in Spain 03 Mar 2009
After Mondays showers, the eight teams testing at Jerez this week were relieved to find the sun shining for most of Tuesdays session. And despite the change in conditions, Toyotas Timo Glock remained the fastest driver, lapping the Spanish track in 1m 19.814s.
In total Glock covered 142 laps as he continued to evaluate the TF109. The German carried out a full race simulation in the morning before switching to set-up work after lunch. Team mate Jarno Trulli will be in action for the Japanese team on Wednesday.
"This morning's race simulation went very well, explained Pascal Vasselon, Toyotas senior general manager chassis. We just had to manage very transient weather and track conditions which brought us from full wet conditions at the beginning to slicks in the course of our race.
"Still, we went from wet tyres to slicks at exactly the right time and Timo made it through without major difficulty. All in all it was fun, interesting and valuable mileage for the car in realistic race conditions.
Second quickest was Felipe Massa for Ferrari. After spending Monday in the garage avoiding the rain, Massa enjoyed a busy day, covering 135 laps as he worked on set-up and reliability. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen will be in action in the F60 on Wednesday. Renaults Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, finished in third.
"Today was a very productive day as I managed to complete 152 laps which gave us lots of useful data, said Alonso. At this stage of the season it's important to have as much time in the car as possible to get used to the new rules such as the moveable wings and the KERS system and so I'm happy to have done so much.
Just over two-tenths down on the Spaniard was McLarens Heikki Kovalainen in fourth. Kovalainen ran in an MP4-24 fitted for the first time in dry conditions with the teams 2009 front and rear wing package. The Finn covered 85 laps and will hand over the car to team mate Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday.
Force India continued to make progress with the VJM02, with Adrian Sutil finishing fifth. It was Sutils first full day in the new car following its initial shakedown last week in Silverstone. Despite a mid-morning driveshaft issue, the German completed 63 laps as he carried out set-up work and tyre comparisons. He also evaluated some test items, including the shark-fin engine cover used in 2008.
I think today was a good day, he said. It was important to get into the car again and to get confident. The car was OK; there is definitely potential, and we were able to do more mileage and find some reliability in the afternoon. We had some instability on the rear and oversteer, but we will see tomorrow.
Mark Webbers recovery from his broken leg appears almost complete after he covered 98 laps in the Red Bull. Webber, sixth, carried out race simulations. BMW Saubers Robert Kubica, meanwhile, finished in seventh ahead of Williams driver Nico Rosberg. Kubica was charged with aerodynamic evaluations and set-up work, covering 98 laps in the F1.09.
"Overall it was a good day, said the Pole. "We were able to make up some of the time we lost yesterday when rain meant we had to change our schedule. I started on extreme wet tyres, changed to wet tyres and finally drove slick tyres. Together with the various different set-up solutions I tried that helped me get an even better feeling for the car."
Testing continues at Jerez on Wednesday.
Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:19.814
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:20.238
3. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:20.296
4. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:20.535
5. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:20.621
6. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.021
7. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:21.069
8. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:21.412