Vettel stays on top in Jerez test

Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel stayed on top of the times on the second day of testing at the Jerez circuit on Wednesday

Vettel stays on top in Jerez test

The German driver, who had also been quickest in yesterday's session, was the only man who managed to lap the Spanish track in less than 79 seconds, posting a best time of 1:18.843.

The Toro Rosso driver was one of five men who used slick tyres today, although the German used the tyres for the whole session while his rivals also ran with grooved rubber.

McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa was second quickest, the Spaniard using the morning to work with a 2009 configuration, including slick tyres and revised aero. In the afternoon he reverted to this year's tyres.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest non-slick runner in third place, with Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Alexander Wurz completing the top six. All three drivers used slicks during the day.

Honda test driver Wurz caused the only red flag of the session when he suffered a suspected engine problem around noon.

Toyota's Jarno Trulli was eighth after 81 laps, the Italian back to 2008 work after testing 2009 settings yesterday.

"After yesterday's preparations for 2009, today we went back to this year's work," he said. "Our focus for the day was the Hungarian Grand Prix, looking at set-up this morning because the afternoons here are too windy and too hot for that.

"After lunch we worked on aerodynamic correlation between the circuit and the wind tunnel. We tested some of the aero package for Hungary and there is more to come later in the week. We made it through a lot of laps and made progress.

"Today wasn't about looking for lap times but about improving the car. We are in a close fight for 4th in the constructors' championship and that is what we want to achieve."

Compatriot Tonio Liuzzi finished right behind with the Force India, who joined the test today after missing the first day.

Renault's Nelsinho Piquet and BMW Sauber's Christian Klien finished at the bottom of the times.

The day was again very hot, with air temperatures of 37 degrees Celsius and track temperatures of around 50.

Today's times:

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:18.843 100 2. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:19.081 122 3. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:19.446 76 4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:19.861 112 5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:20.021 105 6. Wurz Honda (B) 1:20.416 77 7. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:20.534 81 8. Liuzzi Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:20.577 102 9. Piquet Renault (B) 1:20.827 99 10. Klien BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.866 89 All Timing Unofficial 
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