Monday, February 22, 2010

Hamilton Fastest at jerez

Lewis Hamilton clinched the fastest time at Jerez on Wednesday morning as a drying track and interrupted running allowed for some serious laps.

Testing kicked off on a wet track and with the threat of rain looming. As such the drivers were quickly out on track with Michael Schumacher setting the fastest time of 1:30.549 while Pedro de la Rosa slotted his Sauber into second place.
However, the running was soon cut short as Lewis Hamilton stopped out on track with an as yet undisclosed problem. It took 16 minutes for the marshals to clear his car and return it the McLaren garage, after which the session was green-lighted.
That, though, didn't last long.

Four minutes later the red flags were once again being waved, this time for Force India test driver Paul di Resta. The Scot spun his VJM03, bringing the session to a temporary halt.
When the action resumed, Felipe Massa took advantage of the drying track, clocking a 1:30.327 to lead the way.
The Brazilian was soon overhauled by Sebsatian Vettel with the Red Bull racer posting a 1:29.053 while Rubens Barrichello moved up into second place.
Barrichello's morning programme focused on race stints, during which the Williams driver did an initial run of 14 laps, followed by one of 21 and another of 15.
De la Rosa was the next to take control of the session as the Spaniard put in a six-lap run that ended with him shaving 1.228s off Vettel's best as the track continued to dry out.
With a dry line now in the mix, Virgin Racing finally set Timo Glock out. The German, though, completed just one installation lap before returning to the pits.
Returning to the track a short while later, Glock posted a 1:34.453 on his first attempt, putting him just ahead of fellow newcomers Lotus.
Lotus, who were in action with test driver Fairuz Fauzy behind the wheel, didn't take Virgin's arrival lying down and Fauzy quickly moved ahead with a 1:34.3 as F1 experienced its first battle of the newbies.
Back at the front, Massa hit the P1 slot with a 1:27.665 while Vettel went third as he too broke into the 1:27s.

However, any chance they had of further improving as they burnt off fuel was lost when Barrichello brought out the day's third red flag when he stopped out on track.
And unfortunately for the drivers, during the break to clear the Williams off the track, the clouds began to gather yet again although that didn't stop Massa from extending his P1 time to a 1:26.867 only to be beaten moments later by a charging Hamilton. The Brit's P1 was an impressive 1.125s up on Massa's best.
Unofficial Times

. L. Hamilton McLaren MP4-25 1:25.742 31 laps
2. F. Massa Ferrari F60 1:26.867 +1.125 44 laps
3. P. de la Rosa Sauber C29 1:27.825 +2.083 44 laps
4. S. Vettel Red Bull Racing RB6 1:27.871 +2.129 51 laps
5. R. Barrichello Williams FW32 1:28.256 +2.514 78 laps
6. P. di Resta Force India VJM-03 1:30.080 +4.338 61 laps
7. M. Schumacher Mercedes GP W01 1:30.273 +4.531 50 laps
8. S. Buemi Toro Rosso STR5 1:31.555 +5.813 37 laps
9. V. Petrov Renault R30 1:32.752 +7.010 12 laps
10. F. Fauzy Lotus F1 T127 1:34.396 +8.654 46 laps
11. T. Glock Virgin Racing VR-01 1:34.453 +8.711 4 laps

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