McLaren-Mercedes test driver Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time of the day at Jerez in Spain today, as the Formula One teams continued work ahead of the 2007 season.
The Spaniard's best time was 1:19.109, over three tenths of a second ahead of runner-up Jarno Trulli for Toyota, who in turn pipped Honda's James Rossiter by just over a tenth of a second.
The second day of the official testing session saw all teams but Spyker continue their adjustment work with the new Bridgestone tyres, with most teams putting emphasis on long runs.
Under sunny sky, and with ambient temperature of 20C degrees, the teams enjoyed a relatively trouble-free day, although there were a few red flag incidents throughout the morning and afternoon sessions.
First to bring proceedings to a halt was Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella, who stopped on track as early as 9:30am. An hour later, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton did the same, while Red Bull's Michael Ammermuller brought out the red flags by lunchtime, with a harmless off-track excursion.
A more serious-looking incident took place at 3:20pm, when Scott Speed lost control of his Toro Rosso-Cosworth at the Curva Sito Pons, crashing heavily and bringing out the red flags. The American was unharmed, and the cause for the crash was pinned down to brake failure.
Other red flag incidents took place in the afternoon when Williams's Kazuki Nakajima had a harmless off-track excursion, and when Trulli stopped on track just moments before the testing day had ended.
Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais enjoyed a productive second day of testing for Toro Rosso, the Frenchman wrapping up 78 laps with a best time of 1:21.539 - a second faster than his best yesterday, and just 0.025 seconds slower than teammate Tonio Liuzzi.
The day was also remarkable for Toyota's veteran test driver Olivier Panis, who is retiring altogether from Formula One after this final test.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.109 75 2. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:19.480 92 3. Rossiter Honda (B) 1:19.549 117 4. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.589 78 5. Klien Honda (B) 1:19.705 112 6. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:19.730 80 7. Badoer Ferrari (B) 1:19.780 76 8. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:19.824 110 9. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:19.933 121 10. Fisichella Renault (B) 1:20.073 68 11. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.194 100 12. Panis Toyota (B) 1:20.423 40 13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:20.440 95 14. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:20.726 114 15. Ammermuller Red Bull-Ferrari (B) 1:20.737 61 16. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Cosworth (B) 1:21.514 40 17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Cosworth (B) 1:21.539 78 18. Hirate Toyota (B) 1:22.031 31 19. Speed Toro Rosso-Cosworth (B) 1:22.455 21 All timing unofficial