The first day of Formula 1 four day test session in Jerez got off to a very wet start
Alonso, Webber and Button threw their million dollar babies round the track at breakneck speed in the torrential rain today, even in the rain these speeds would have terrified the most hardened motor head.
The day saw the unveiling of the Red Bull RB6 and also the Force India VJM03 and Virgin VR-01 in action for the first time. Vitantonio Liuzzi commented on the ban on refuelling in F1 this year saying that cars handle “like a bus” when their tanks are full. After driving with both heavy and low fuel loads he said the difference between the two was “like a Lotus Elise and a bus!” and he added, "When it’s full of fuel everything’s lazier – the steering, the brakes, changing direction. It was very hard to drive it in the wet with a full fuel load”.
In spite of the dreadful weather Jerez yet again didn’t fail to exhilarate the damp crowd. Tomorrow the teams are hoping for some drier weather.
Testing times and total laps
|Nico Rosberg||Mercedes Grand Prix||80.927 57 0|
|Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing||86.502 50 5.575|
|Jenson Button||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||84.947 68 4.02|
|Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro||82.895 88 1.968|
|Kamui Kobayashi||BMW Sauber||83.287 55 2.36|
|Nico Hülkenberg||AT&T Williams||82.243 118 1.316|
|Vitaly Petrov||Renault F1 Team||85.44 27 4.513|
|Tonio Liuzzi||Force India||84.968 71 4.041|
|Sébastien Buemi||Scuderia Toro Rosso||81.031 84 0.104|
|Timo Glock||Virgin Racing||98.734 5 17.807|
By: Pete Iston
Nice Shots John, keep me updated.
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