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Williams' luck improves as Barrichello leads final Jerez day - The second testing stint in Spain draws to a close

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After a troubled week of mechanical gremlins, Williams found their week ending on a high as Rubens Barrichello led the final day of testing in Jerez. Barrichello's time was set early on in the day, making him the first and only driver of the week to drop into the 1m 19s.

Kamui Kobayashi finished the day second for Sauber and Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari. Bruno Senna came in fifth in the Renault - taking over the wheel from Nick Heidfeld yesterday who had ended on top of the timesheets. Towards the end of the day, the weather turned damp, but that didn't put off another packed crowd who enjoyed a full day's testing.

Jérôme D'Ambrosio exits the pits during testing in Jerez
Jérôme D'Ambrosio exits the pits during testing in JerezCredit: @f1photos / cc

There were a handful of red flags throughout the day with leader Barrichello and second-place Kobayashi causing two of them, the Sauber ending up in the gravel. Jérôme D'Ambrosio had a difficult day, as the Virgin Racing driver came to a halt out on track, and was subsequently stuck in the garage for several hours as the team made some repairs.

Paul di Resta also struggled in the Force India. He finished the day at the wrong end of the timesheets, having also run off into the gravel after the car developed suspension problems.

With four days testing in Jerez now complete, F1 will next move on to Barcelona. Beginning on Friday, the teams will return for another four-day stint at the Circuit de Catalunya.

1Rubens BarrichelloWilliams1:19.832103
2Kamui KobayashiSauber1:20.60186
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:21.074115
4Sébastien BuemiToro Rosso1:21.21390
5Bruno SennaRenault1:21.40068
6Heikki KovalainenTeam Lotus1:21.63243
7Nico RosbergMercedes1:22.10345
8Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:22.22290
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:22.27870
10Jérôme D'AmbrosioVirgin Racing1:22.98545
11Paul di RestaForce India1:23.11199

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