Buemi ends Jerez testing on top
|By Jonathan Noble
||Thursday, December 11th 2008, 16:33 GMT
Sebastien Buemi maintained his domination of this week's test at Jerez in Spain with the fastest time on Thursday, just edging out his Scuderia Toro Rosso teammate Takuma Sato.
Both drivers set their fastest times late morning, when the track conditions are traditionally at their best, as they aim to impresses their bosses enough to secure race drives for 2009.
McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen continued his testing work for McLaren, taking over the MP4-23A to focus on aerodynamic and set-up evaluation work for McLaren, to set the third quickest time.
Teammate Pedro de la Rosa was in the KERS car today, but only completed 47 laps.
Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest Ferrari driver as he set the fourth best time, just ahead of returning teammate Felipe Massa.
Renault's Fernando Alonso was sixth quickest as he continued acclimatising to the 2009 slick Bridgestone tyres.
"It was a good day as we continued to add miles to the car and to understand the tyres," said Alonso. "We maximised the time on the track and managed to do a lot of laps as well as some basic-set-up work.
"I have already been doing a lot of physical work to get ready for next year and so spending a couple of days in the car this week was another important part of my preparation and has helped me get back up to speed. I'm now looking forward to testing the new car in January."
Seventh fastest Nico Rosberg was Williams' sole representative, while BMW Sauber duo Robert Kubica and Christian Klien ended the day at the bottom of the timesheets as they focused on 2009 aerodynamic and KERS work.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:17.258 139
2. Sato Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:17.520 119
3. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:18.049 96
4. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:18.782 82
5. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:19.050 72
6. Alonso Renault (B) 1:19.319 124
7. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.388 130
8. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.499 47
9. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.559 134
10. Klien BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.738 101
All Timing Unofficial