Jerez 2: Ralf stays on top

Ralf Schumacher continued his tyre testing stint at Jerez and was comfortably the quickest of 10 drivers at the Spanish circuit today

Jerez 2: Ralf stays on top

The German completed a full 113 laps on a day when dry conditions prevailed, before rain soaked the track at 4pm.

Jenson Button and Takuma Sato were also working on tyres for BAR though comparison work between the 2004 hybrid 'Concept' car (driven by Sato) and this year's 005 (driven by Button) proved difficult in the conditions. Button was second quickest and Sato fourth.

The Japanese driver was impressed on his first acquaintance with the concept car. "The rear-end seems more stable, especially in high-speed corners," reported Sato. "I have a very positive feeling. It looks like it will be a nice car."

Marc Gene split the BAR boys with second fastest in Williams' own '04 hybrid car. Next up were Ferrari's Luca Badoer (engine work) and Felipe Massa (tyre testing). Massa had a quick off, kissing the barrier in the first corner, but escaping with superficial car-damage.

Nico Rosberg was next best, taking his turn in the third Williams. The former World Champion's son had one harmless spin, but went quicker than Ferrari's other tyre tester Luciano Burti.

"It's been very good," commented Rosberg. "And it definitely helped that I had previous experience of an F1 car. I'm happy with what I've done - let's see how it goes tomorrow."

Rosberg, who also had a Williams run last winter as a prize for his Formula BMW exploits, is scheduled to share the car tomorrow with Nelsinho Piquet - the Brazilian set to drive in the morning and the Finn in the afternoon.

Bringing up the rear were the two Jordans in the hands of Nick Heidfeld and Jaroslav Janis - both drivers simply familiarising themselves with the EJ13.

Tomorrow looks likely to be a wet test day - it's raining now and expected to continue that way.



Ralf Schumacher (Williams-BMW) 1m17.743s 113
Jenson Button (BAR-Honda) 1m18.317s 59
Marc Gene (Williams-BMW) 1m18.559s 50
Takuma Sato (BAR-Honda) 1m18.656s 77
Luca Badoer (Ferrari) 1m18.868s 75
Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1m19.085s 64
Nico Rosberg (Williams-BMW) 1m19.490s 67
Luciano Burti (Ferrari) 1m19.583s 47
Nick Heidfeld (Jordan-Ford) 1m20.036s 29
Jaroslav Janis (Jordan-Ford) 1m21.976s 62

shares
comments
Ralf Again on Top at Jerez - Day Two
Previous article

Ralf Again on Top at Jerez - Day Two

Next article

Barcelona 2: Coulthard in rain

Barcelona 2: Coulthard in rain
How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge Plus

How a bad car creates the ultimate engineering challenge

While creating a car that is woefully off the pace is a nightmare scenario for any team, it inadvertently generates the test any engineering department would relish: to turn it into a winner. As Mercedes takes on that challenge in Formula 1 this season, McLaren’s former head of vehicle engineering reveals how the team pulled of the feat in 2009 with Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1
Aug 15, 2022
The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future Plus

The under-fire F1 driver fighting for his future

Personable, articulate 
and devoid of the usual
 racing driver airs and graces,
 Nicholas Latifi is the last Formula 1 driver you’d expect to receive death threats, but such was the toxic legacy of his part in last year’s explosive season finale. And now, as ALEX KALINAUCKAS explains, he faces a battle to keep his place on the F1 grid…

Formula 1
Aug 13, 2022
The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes Plus

The strange tyre travails faced by F1’s past heroes

Modern grand prix drivers like to think the tyres they work with are unusually difficult and temperamental. But, says  MAURICE HAMILTON, their predecessors faced many of the same challenges – and some even stranger…

Formula 1
Aug 12, 2022
The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1 Plus

The returning fan car revolution that could suit F1

Gordon Murray's Brabham BT46B 'fan car' was Formula 1 engineering at perhaps its most outlandish. Now fan technology has been successfully utilised on the McMurtry Speirling at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, could it be adopted by grand prix racing once again?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold Plus

Hamilton's first experience of turning silver into gold

The seven-time Formula 1 world champion has been lumbered with a duff car before the 2022 Mercedes. Back in 2009, McLaren’s alchemists transformed the disastrous MP4-24 into a winning car with Lewis Hamilton at the wheel. And now it’s happening again at his current team, but can the rate of progress be matched this year?

Formula 1
Aug 11, 2022
Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell Plus

Why few could blame Leclerc for following the example of Hamilton’s exit bombshell

OPINION: Ferrari's numerous strategy blunders, as well as some of his own mistakes, have cost Charles Leclerc dearly in the 2022 Formula 1 title battle in the first half of the season. Though he is locked into a deal with Ferrari, few could blame Leclerc if he ultimately wanted to look elsewhere - just as Lewis Hamilton did with McLaren 10 years prior

Formula 1
Aug 9, 2022
The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat Plus

The other McLaren exile hoping to follow Perez's path to a top F1 seat

After being ditched by McLaren earlier in his F1 career Sergio Perez fought his way back into a seat with a leading team. BEN EDWARDS thinks the same could be happening to another member of the current grid

Formula 1
Aug 8, 2022
How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay Plus

How studying Schumacher helped make Coulthard a McLaren F1 mainstay

Winner of 13 grands prix including Monaco and survivor of a life-changing plane crash, David Coulthard could be forgiven for having eased into a quiet retirement – but, as MARK GALLAGHER explains, in fact he’s busier than ever, running an award-winning media company and championing diversity in motor racing. Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, wasn’t quite the fastest driver of his generation…

Formula 1
Aug 7, 2022