Jerez 4: Lap record for DLR

Pedro de la Rosa continued to demonstrate the pace of McLaren's new MP4-19 by setting the fastest time in testing at Jerez for the second day running today (Thursday), breaking the circuit lap record in the process

Jerez 4: Lap record for DLR

Unusually, the first three spots on the timesheets were filled by Spaniards, with de la Rosa heading compatriots Fernando Alonso and Marc Gene.

While de la Rosa was delighted with his record setting pace, set during a late qualifying-style run, his MP4-19 did encounter a number of mechanical troubles during the day. He was forced to stop out on the track twice and encountered further trouble in the pit-lane.

Renault star Alonso continued work on a Michelin tyre programme, while Gene continued work on BMW's 2004 engine. The Spaniard encountered few problems all weekend, and thinks that the manufacturer's work will pay off next season.

"I'm just so impressed by the work BMW has done," Gene told autosport.com. "We put a new engine in for today, but up until yesterday we did over 800km on a fresh engine. I really don't think anyone else has done that yet. We're way ahead of the others in terms of reliability."

Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth quickest for Williams, ahead of McLaren's other test driver, Alex Wurz, who was piloting an MP4-17D. Franck Montagny was sixth fastest, after completing a whopping 106 laps.

Luca Badoer and Rubens Barrichello were both in action for Ferrari, although they ended the day just seventh and eighth fastest respectively. Barrichello had a number of problems during a tyre test, and also reported that that handling of his car was off.



Takuma Sato was the fastest BAR runner, piloting a 2003-spec car while Jenson Button took charge of the 'concept car.' However, the Japanese driver was left slightly frustrated after he was unable to finish his Michelin tyre test programme.

Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes M 1m16.210s 54*
Fernando Alonso Renault M 1m16.705s 118
Marc Gene Williams-BMW (hybrid car) M 1m17.162s 88
Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW M 1m17.339s 62
Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes M 1m17.665s 67
Franck Montagny Renault M 1m17.777s 106
Luca Badoer Ferrari B 1m18.335s 75
Rubens Barrichello Ferrari B 1m18.371s 52
Takuma Sato BAR-Honda M 1m18.433s 41
Cristiano da Matta Toyota M 1m18.584s 71
Christian Klien Jaguar M 1m18.726s 92
Mark Webber Jaguar M 1m18.776s 66
Olivier Panis Toyota M 1m18.835s 69
Jenson Button BAR-Honda M 1m19.656s 51
Neil Jani Sauber-Petronas B 1m20.271s 94
Ho-Pin Tung Williams-BMW M 1m22.082s 41**

B = Bridgestone
M = Michelin
* De la Rosa in MP4-19
** Tung in 2002-spec Williams

shares
comments
China's Tung Debuts with Williams at Jerez
Previous article

China's Tung Debuts with Williams at Jerez

Next article

De la Rosa Shatters Jerez Record - Day Four

De la Rosa Shatters Jerez Record - Day Four
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…

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre? Plus

Could F1 move to a future beyond carbonfibre?

Formula 1 has ambitious goals for improving its carbon footprint, but could this include banishing its favoured composite material? PAT SYMONDS considers the alternatives to carbonfibre and what use, if any, those materials have in a Formula 1 setting

Formula 1
Aug 6, 2022
How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir Plus

How Russell has proven he deserves to be Hamilton's Mercedes heir

He’s fast, he’s smart, and he’s already shown he’s not going to let Max Verstappen intimidate him. George Russell won’t say it, but LUKE SMITH says he’s ready to take the lead at Mercedes when Lewis Hamilton moves on to a quieter life. And – whisper it – Mercedes and Lewis are starting to think so too

Formula 1
Aug 5, 2022
The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move Plus

The traits that fuelled Alonso's unexpected Aston Martin move

Fernando Alonso’s bombshell switch to Aston Martin sent shockwaves through Formula 1, not least at Alpine that finds itself tangled in a contract standoff with Oscar Piastri. Not shy of a bold career move and with a CV punctuated by them, there were numerous hints that trouble was brewing

Formula 1
Aug 4, 2022
The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships Plus

The elements Ferrari must resolve to first save face, then win championships

OPINION: Ferrari's Formula 1 title hopes look all but over after another strategic blunder in last week's Hungarian Grand Prix denied Charles Leclerc the chance to fight for victory, while handing it to chief rival Max Verstappen. The Scuderia now faces intense scrutiny over what it must now do to finally become a genuine factor in championship battles

Formula 1
Aug 3, 2022
The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision Plus

The clues about Hamilton’s F1 retirement plans revealed after Vettel’s decision

OPINION: Sebastian Vettel is set to leave Formula 1 at the end of 2022 and will, rather shockingly, be replaced by Fernando Alonso at Aston Martin. But what about the final chapter of the other driver that defined the post-Michael Schumacher era? In Hungary, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his future in the context of Vettel’s upcoming departure, which offered clues on how long it will last

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing Plus

Why all signs point to F1’s Monaco special relationship continuing

OPINION: With more potential venues than there are slots in future calendars, rumours have been circulating that the Monaco Grand Prix could be a casualty of F1’s expansion into new markets. But MARK GALLAGHER thinks this is highly unlikely

Formula 1
Aug 2, 2022
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

The Hungarian Grand Prix race result, after a dry race held without safety car conditions, bore little resemblance to what was anticipated after qualifying. While certain drivers were nullified by some iffy strategy calls, others shone to grasp opportunities afforded to them in the last F1 race before the summer break

Formula 1
Aug 1, 2022