Glock remains on top at drying Jerez

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    Glock remains on top at drying Jerez

    Post by Ross on 3rd March 2009, 10:58

    Glock remains on top at drying Jerez

    The weather was much improved at Jerez on Tuesday but it made no difference to the top of the timesheet as Timo Glock again set the pace for Toyota.

    The German took advantage of a low-fuel qualifying simulation run to post a best lap of 1m19.814s, edging out Ferrari’s Felipe Massa by some four-tenths of a second.

    Early morning rain left the circuit damp until mid-morning, but thereafter the teams were able to get in plenty of running on slick tyres.

    “That was a productive day,” said Glock.

    “This morning we were again a bit unlucky with the conditions, which made the race simulation quite tough.

    “But it was useful to find out when to change to slick tyres and our pace wasn’t bad.

    “Then we got some dry running for the rest of the day.

    “We did a lot of set-up work and late on we did some shorter runs to make it through the programme.

    “We’ve made it through a lot of miles over these two days and we’re making useful progress.”

    After opting to sit out Monday’s rain-lashed session, Massa clocked up 135 laps on Tuesday while doing reliability and set-up work on the F60.

    Fernando Alonso gave Renault some encouragement by setting the third quickest time, only fractionally behind Massa, and completing the day’s highest lap tally.

    “Today was a very productive day as I managed to complete 152 laps which gave us lots of useful data,” said the former champion.

    “At this stage of the season it’s important to have as much time in the car as possible to get used to the new rules such as the moveable wings and the KERS system and so I’m happy to have done so much today.

    “Every day we keep learning new things and I’m feeling more and more comfortable in the car.”

    Chief engineer Christian Silk added: “The car behaved very well and overall we’re pleased with the results as we managed to achieve our objectives for the day.”

    Heikki Kovalainen managed the fourth best time for McLaren ahead of Adrian Sutil in the promising Force India VJM02.


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