Barrichello on Form at Jerez – Day 2 of 4

by F1Fan on February 18, 2010

Rubens Barrichello in the Williams FW32 lead the way during a wet and windy second day of testing in Jerez, setting fastest lap and completing the largest number of laps of any of the teams.

Poor weather continues to dominate this test session with many of the teams having to adjust their test strategy to accommodate the difficult changing track conditions. While Rubens Barrichello seemed to relish the difficult conditions piling on the laps, BMW Sauber took a completely different course electing to run only a few laps today, hoping for better weather tomorrow.

Jerez Second Test - Day 2 of 4

PositionTeamDriver# LapsBest Lap
1WilliamsRubens Barrichello981:27.145
2RenaultVitaly Petrov561:27.828
3Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel701:28.162
4Mercedes GPNico Rosberg711:28.515
5FerrariFelipe Massa921:28.879
6BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa81:29.691
7Force IndiaPaul Di Resta331:30.344
8Virgin RacingTimo Glock721:30.476
9Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi241:30.666
10McLarenLewis Hamilton571:30.979
11Toro RossoSebastien Buemi571:32.678
12Lotus RacingHeikki Kovalainen301:33.554
February 18, 2010

Lotus was the first team on track today with Heikki Kovalainen at the wheel of the Lotus Cosworth T127 for the first time. The car was performing well until a small mistake by Kovalainen sent the car off track damaging the front wing and curtailing the Fins test session because of a lack of spare parts. Even though the team was only able to complete 30 laps Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne was fairly upbeat:

“Unfortunately a small off and a lack of spare parts curtailed the amount of laps we were able to do today, but fortunately we’ve got spare parts arriving this evening. Up to that point we had got on top of some reliability issues from the previous day and the car was running very smoothly. Although we have lost some track time, the changing conditions made it very difficult, so we haven’t lost too much and we’ll be ready to continue with Heikki in the morning.”

Virgin Racing seem to have fixed the hydraulic problems that were plaguing the VR-01 in yesterdays test and managed to put a good number of laps on the car today finishing the session mid pack from a lap time perspective.

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