Ralf leads first day of Silverstone test
|By Matt Beer
||Tuesday, June 19th 2007, 16:30 GMT
Toyota's Ralf Schumacher set the fastest time on the opening day of this week's Silverstone test.
The under-pressure German was 0.121 seconds quicker than McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa.
Mark Webber set the third quickest time for Red Bull, but came to a halt on track right at the end of the test.
The Australian was one of several drivers to hit technical problems during the day.
Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer pulled off early in the morning before later resuming running, while Nick Heidfeld and Vitantonio Liuzzi also stopped at the trackside with mechanical issues. Heidfeld later stopped the test an hour early after developing slight pain in his back.
Liuzzi had missed the morning running after his flight back from the US was twice cancelled. He eventually reached Silverstone at 1pm.
Kazuki Nakajima made the only significant error of the day when he caused a red flag by going off at Brooklands.
The incident only caused damage to the Williams' front wing, but without a spare on hand, Nakajima had to wait until parts were brought from the factory before he could return to the track in the afternoon. Nevertheless, the GP2 racer still completed 124 laps, the highest total of the day.
Williams were one of several teams trying new aerodynamic developments, with Ferrari and BMW also evaluating changes to their aerodynamic packages.
The teams had expected rain to hit today's test, but the weather ultimately remained dry all day.
Monday's testing times:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:22.794 71
2. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:22.915 98
3. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:23.329 42
4. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:23.510 63
5. Badoer Ferrari (B) 1:23.768 57
6. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:23.841 41
7. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.125 50
8. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:24.665 124
9. Valles Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:25.394 36
10. van der Garde Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:25.931 27