Glock tops Jerez timesheets on day two



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    Glock tops Jerez timesheets on day two

    Post by Ross on 2nd March 2009, 15:43

    Glock tops Jerez timesheets on day two

    Pre-season testing was disrupted by the weather again at Jerez on Monday as persistent rain forced teams to abandon their planned programmes.

    Any hopes that the eight squads present had of continuing the work started with their 2009 cars on Sunday were scuppered when they arrived for the second day of running only to find heavy rain had lashed the circuit.

    And with conditions failing to improve, drivers stayed on wet-weather tyres throughout with Timo Glock’s benchmark time for the day, 1min 30.979s, over 11 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel’s impressive pace from the weekend.

    But while the Toyota pacesetter and six other teams opted to spend the session trying out the 2009-spec wet tyres, Ferrari took the rain as its queue to bank crucial testing mileage and sat out the entire day.

    Glock, meanwhile, completed 89 laps in the Toyota TF109 in what were at least consistently dire conditions, meaning he could carry out a full wet-weather simulation.

    The German was happy he managed to complete the altered programme as planned.

    "It tends to be difficult to carry out meaningful testing when there is so much rain,” he said.
    “The conditions made things tricky again today but at least it stayed consistently wet so we were able to go through some work on set-up and tyres.

    “It also gave me a chance to get used to pushing the TF109 in these conditions and we put more mileage on the car. It felt good again, just like in Portugal last month, so I'm happy with the day."

    Robert Kubica was over 0.3s back in second place for BMW with the Pole lapping the twisty venue 70 times, although he did stop out on track once when the rain triggered a false electrical alarm.

    It was the first time either Kubica or BMW had driven the new F1.09 in the wet and the driver found the challenge to be far trickier in the new generation car.

    “Because of the reduced downforce, the F1.09’s behaviour in wet conditions is quite different to last year’s car,” he said.

    “There’s less grip, which makes the car slide more.”

    Third place went to Nico Rosberg who completed an impressive 114 laps given the difficult driving conditions, in a best time of 1m31.451s.

    Given its new VJM02’s late debut, persistent heavy rain was not what Force India particularly needed a day on from its car’s launch and Giancarlo Fisichella notched up fewer laps than anyone (54) on the way to the fourth fastest time.

    A fuel system problem for the second successive day left him on the sidelines during parts of the morning running, but despite this the Italian was encouraged by what he saw during his laps on track and the fact he was just 0.6s off the ultimate wet-weather pace.

    "Considering the amount of laps we did today, it is quite encouraging again," he said after his final appearance of the week.

    "It is a reasonable time, six tenths off the fastest, so I am quite pleased.

    "Unfortunately we had a problem with the fuel pressure again and didn't run enough.

    "Then I was struggling a little bit to find the right set up with the full wet tyres but then at the end of the day the circuit was getting better and, as with several other people, we tried the standard wet and I felt much more comfortable with the balance."

    Day one pacesetter Vettel slipped to fifth, but his 102 laps represent more good mileage for the impressive RB5, while Heikki Kovalainen was sixth after a 91-lap programme which included a trip through the gravel for the McLaren man.

    Bringing up the order was Nelson Piquet Jr, with the poor weather forcing Renault to concentrate on the rather mundane-sounding task of putting more mileage on its R29.

    But Piquet says the day was not a complete write-off and the team still found it useful to learn about the car's performance in the rain.

    “The wet weather today meant we had to change our programme and simply worked on getting miles on the car and using the wet weather tyres,” he said after 66 laps.

    “Because it continued raining throughout the day, the track conditions remained pretty consistent and so we were still able to learn some interesting things about the car.”

    Ferrari, meanwhile, plan to return to action on Tuesday when Felipe Massa will look to make up for lost time on what will be his final appearance of the week.

    The world champion team had been planning on trying out the 2010-spec slick tyres on Monday, with the rubber being made available by Bridgestone for teams to assess this week.

    Testing times from Jerez (Monday 2 March)

    1. GLOCK Toyota 1m30.979s
    2. KUBICA BMW 1m31.327s
    3. ROSBERG Williams 1m31.451s
    4. FISICHELLA Force India 1m31.547s
    5. VETTEL Red Bull 1m32.220s
    6. KOVALAINEN McLaren 1m33.371s
    7. PIQUET Renault 1m33.476s


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