F1: Jerez Day 2 Round-Up (Just In Time for Day 3)


What Happens When the News Consists of Testing

12:40am EST — At least it wasn’t raining.  Otherwise, the times still were not as fast as those posted by the not-quite F1 drivers in November.  Kamui Kobayashi continued Sauber’s quick pace from last week’s test in Valencia, with a last-minute flying lap after Jenson Button’s McLaren had a mechanical issue and stopped on-track with about ten minutes left.  Everyone was left back out for about one minute’s worth of running before the checkered.  With spare parts issues reminiscent of BrawnGP early in the 2009 season, Virgin Racing driver Timo Glock was unable to complete more than eleven laps before his front wing flew off and the team lacked the parts to replace and repair it.  That gives him a total of sixteen laps in two days of testing.  The team says the parts should be in tomorrow.  That’s what they said yesterday about the parts for today.

While Kobayashi’s pace looks to be a continuance (let’s, for argument’s sake, disregard the half-wet, half-dry times from yesterday) of those posted by Sauber in Valencia, the seemingly shocking news is Buemi’s vastly better time in the Toro Tosso, as compared to the rest of the field.  Once again, we have to remind ourselves of caution.  No one knows the fuel loads carried when these times were set, and, as Autosport noted in their coverage, “both Ferrari and Mercedes had focused on longer runs today, with Schumacher completing 35 laps in one stint, and Alonso doing a 48-lap run.”

All the teams, even those whose times and issues so far in Jerez are troubling (cough, Red Bull, cough) remain upbeat.  The rain is set to return for Friday and Saturday, so the times will, again, be uninspiring.  Still, this is valuable time for any team to be running their new cars.  Now, we wait to see what tomorrow brings.

The following are the provisional times from the second day’s testing:
1.  Kobayashi, Sauber, 1:19.950, 103 Laps
2.  Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:20.026, 121 Laps
3.  Button, McLaren, 1:20.618, 83 Laps
4.  Hulkenberg, Williams, 1:20.629, 67 Laps
5.  Liuzzi, Force India, 1:20.754, 80 Laps
6.  M.Schumacher, Mercedes GP, 1:21.083, 124 Laps
7.  Alonso, Ferrari, 1:21.424, 129 Laps
8.  Kubica, Renault, 1:22.003, 103 Laps
9.  Webber, Red Bull, 1:22.043, 99 Laps
10.  Glock, Virgin, 1:29.964, 11 Laps

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