Work with hiccups at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera, 1st March - For the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro the penultimate test session before the start of the 2009 season began today at Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain. The Ferrari F60 debuted at the Jerez circuit at 9:01am when Felipe Massa drove the installation lap. Today the work was concentrated mainly on two main areas: set up and reliability. Unfortunately not everything went smoothly, especially during the second part of the day. First the car went off the track, although no harm was done to the single-seater. And the mechanics just had to check if everything was alright. Later on the were several red flags in the afternoon, which interrupted the work, which should have been be done with continuity. Meanwhile the weather was very unstable: in the morning the sky started to cloud over, after lunch there was some light rain and in the end the sun was back.
There were eight teams on the track at Jerez. Apart from Ferrari there were McLaren (De La Rosa), Renault (Piquet),
Red Bull (Vettel), Toyota (Kobayashi), Williams (Rosberg), BMW (Kubica) and Force India (Giancarlo Fisichella) debuting with their new car fitted with a Mercedes engine. The fastest man on the track today was also the youngest: the German Sebastian Vettel took - in a lap that seemed to be a qualifying simulation - 1.19.055. Felipe was the second fastest with 1.20.33, followed by Kobayashi (1.20.699), Rosberg (1.21.171), Kubica (1.21.292), Fisichella (1.21.584), De La Rosa (1.21.831) and Piquet (1.22.011). The Spaniard from McLaren drove the most laps (94), followed by Vettel (87), Kobayashi (79), Rosberg (71), Felipe (63), Piquet (52), Kubica (47) and Fisichella (31).
"Even if today we were confronted with almost all of our competitors, it's still to early to have an idea about the performance on the track," Felipe said before he went to the motorhome for a briefing with the engineers.
"Nevertheless I'm satisfied with the day: the car seems to be very competitive, even on a track like this with a different layout than the one at Sakhir. It's a shame that the session has been interrupted several times in the afternoon. Let's hope that we can drive more over the next days."
Felipe will be again behind the wheel of the F60 tomorrow and on Tuesday, while Kimi Raikkonen will test the car on the last two days of the session.