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Jerez test: Day two // Heikki Kovalainen brings Renault to the top spot in Spain

Published by Christine

The peace and quiet that Toyota experienced yesterday was utterly smashed today as all the other teams, except for Spyker, took to the track. Heikki Kovalainen headed up the times, showing off his skills with Renault, whilst Fisichella lagged behind in 5th. The Renaults were concentrating on putting their new gearboxes through as many miles as possible, and managed to complete over 100 laps each.

Luca Badoer dragged Ferrari back up the list, in 2nd place, but he did suffer a breakdown on track, which the team suspect was a hydraulics issue. Massa was lagging behind in both lap numbers and lap times, finishing in 7th, and both Ferrari's were concentrating on engine and mechanical reliability (Badoer's breakdown excepting, of course).

Christian Klien and James Rossiter were keeping up Honda's strong show of form as they finished in 3rd and 4th respectively. The pair alternated longer and shorter runs to evaluate the aerodynamics and electronics. Jenson Button continued to sit the test out.

In other testing news:

  • Nick Heidfeld was working on the setup of his BMW, with some new components being added, whilst test-driver Sebastian Vettel stuck with aerodynamic evalutations.
  • Jarno Trulli was on track for Toyota, joined by Franck Montagny, with the latter finding himself sidelined for some lenthy repairs. Trulli will be joined by Olivier Panis for testing tomorrow.
  • The one car policy for Williams continued with Kazuki Nakajima running 95 laps, but finishing way down the time sheets. Speed was not his priority however, as the test team manager confirmed Kazuki was upping his number of laps so he could qualify for a super licence.
  • Three-times Champ Car champion, Sébastian Bourdais took most of the media spotlight, as he joined the Toro Rosso team to complete 80 laps. He made it clear that he's not planning a switch to F1 anytime soon though.

For all the times and statistics, go here.