Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Day Two belongs to Kimi and Ferrari

Tuesday 10th March 2009

Kimi Raikkonen led the way on the second day of testing at Barcelona, easily outpacing his rivals by more than half a second.

In sunny and warm conditions, with the track temperature hovering around the 26'C mark, Raikkonen put his F60 through its pace and put his rivals well behind him with a 1:20.314. It was a confident showing from the Finn, who is intent on reclaiming the World title this season.

Second place went to Williams driver Kazuki Nakajima as he narrowly edged out the Brawn GP of Rubens Barrichello. In a mixed day for the former Honda Racing team, Barrichello showed the BGP01's pace but also broke down during the morning session, leaving him stranded on the side of the track.

Jarno Trulli was fourth for Toyota, completed 110 laps with a best time of 1:21.182. "Today was my last day of testing for the winter. We again did a lot of laps including some interesting long runs as we finalised our preparations for Melbourne," the Italian said.

"It's clear we will only find out the true picture in Australia but I'm happy with our work in the course of the tests we've done. The car has been competitive and consistent so we can head into the first race with confidence. I feel ready."

Mark Webber, who suffered a technical problem in the morning, and Nick Heidfeld were next in line, followed by Adrian Sutil and Fernando Alonso.

It was another worrying day for McLaren with Heikki Kovalainen only quicker than the newly launched Toro Rosso. The Finn, who amassed 75 laps, was 1.6s off the pace.

Meanwhile Toro Rosso had a disappointing day, as a suspension problem in the morning curtailed Seb Bourdais's running. And with the team needing to fly in new parts from their factory back in Faenza, little could be done to rectify the situation.

As such the team opted instead to give Seb Buemi a feel for the new car with the Swiss driver completing a handful of 'in' laps and 'out' laps.

01. K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.314 55 laps
02. K. Nakajima Williams 1:20.907 +0.593 61 laps
03. R. Barrichello Brawn GP 1:20.966 +0.652 106 laps
04. J. Trulli Toyota 1:21.182 +0.868 110 laps
05. M. Webber Red Bull 1:21.347 +1.033 62 laps
06. N. Heidfeld BMW 1:21.615 +1.301 116 laps
07. A. Sutil Force India 1:21.834 +1.520 76 laps
08. F. Alonso Renault 1:21.937 +1.623 106 laps
09. H. Kovalainen McLaren 1:21.991 +1.677 75 laps
10. S. Bourdais Toro Rosso 1:23.039 +2.725 14 laps
11. S. Buemi Toro Rosso no time 6 laps

Source : Planet F1

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