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F1 Jerez test: Day two // McLaren disappoint Ferrari's run of headlines with testing top spot

Published by Christine

Finally! Lewis Hamilton is desperate to shake off his 'rookie' image and has taken one step closer to that goal by knocking the Ferrari's off the top spot. To give you the full picture, though, Ferrari weren't particularly on top form, with Massa falling from 1st yesterday to 5th today. Perhaps he was a bit put off by Räikkönen's unexpected appearance at the side of the track.

Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen were out in force for Renault, testing out the tyres and some chassis changes. Fisi was concentrating on the tyre work and needed to do as many miles as possible to get plenty of info. After 63 laps, Fisichella finished 2nd, whilst Kovalainen was down in 10th.

Toyota were concentrating on the new tyre rubber for 2007, with Ralf Schumacher covering 70 laps to give the team plenty of help on finding the best set-up. Also out on track was Kamui Kobayashi, as part of the Toyota Young Driver Programme. He was working on getting used to the car, and lapping at sensible times, whilst concentrating on any reliability issues that cropped up.

Robert Kubica spent his 22nd birthday driving for BMW, and being beaten by his team-mate Nick Heidfeld. Kubica has been testing out a gearbox and mechanical system checks, and tomorrow he will be replaced by Timo Glock to continue the tests.

In other testing news:

  • Nico Rosberg was by himself yet again for WilliamsF1, and ended the day 4th on the time-sheets.
  • Barrichello had a good day for Honda, finishing third overall and completing 105 laps. He was working on suspension set up and tyre evaluation.
  • The other Honda driver, Christian Klien, caused a red flag but was not the only driver causing a ruckus, followed by Scott Speed in the Torro Rosso flying off the track and Kamui Kobayashi in the Toyota stopping for a transmission problem.

For all the times and statistics, go here.