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Button Quickest at Jerez on Day Four

Jenson Button in the McLaren MP4-25 at Jerez

Jenson Button was quickest today on the final day of testing at Jerez.  Button managed to set a lap time in the high 1:18’s, which was the quickest time of either this week, or last, at Jerez.

While this week’s sessions began in the wet, today’s tests were concluded under sunny skies and dry track conditions, which allowed teams to run through their normal test programs, while setting some of the quickest times of the past two weeks.  In all, four cars, including Button’s, set times in the 1:19’s or better.  It should be noted, however, that Bridgestone brought a softer compound primary tire this week, which allowed teams to set quicker times, compared to last week’s, once the track dried out and rubbered in.

Both Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) set lap times in the 1:20’s, which put them in the middle of the pack again.  Both drivers completed long runs, however, racking up 130 and 137 laps, respectively, which is probably a sign that they were running heavy fuel loads much of the time.

In any event, it’s difficult to read much into the lap times at this point, with the teams running through a variety of test programs on varrying fuel loads.  This variation is reflected in the inconsistent lap times displayed by some teams.  Mark Webber, for example, topped the time sheets yesterday, but finished only eighth today.

Jarno Trulli finished dead last in the lap times, with his quickest lap being 4.6 seconds slower than Button’s.  Nevertheless, the Lotus pilot was able to demonstrate the car’s reliability, as he ran the greatest distance of today’s testers, completing 141 laps.

This week’s sessions comprised the third of four rounds of this year’s pre-season testing.  The fourth and final round will be held next week at the Catalunya circuit, near Barcelona.

Image by slitzferrari, licensed through Creative Commons.

Pos. Driver Car Best Time Laps
1 Jenson Button McLaren MP4-25 1:18.871 108
2 Robert Kubica Renault R30 1:19.114 117
3 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber C29 1:19.188 117
4 Tonio Liuzzi Force India VJM03 1:19.650 80
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes W01 1:20.061 130
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari F10 1:20.436 137
7 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso STR5 1:21.053 139
8 Mark Webber Red Bull RB6 1:21.194 87
9 Nico Hulkenberg Williams FW32 1:21.919 137
10 Timo Glock Virgin VR-01 1:22.433 28
11 Jarno Trulli Lotus T127 1:23.470 141
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  • Vettel Fan February 21, 2010, 1:14 am

    Have you noticed how Alonso and Schumi have been consistent on their times or ranking? mostly what I see is how they remain in the top tiers of the time sheets and that says a lot to me. I think what we’ll see this year is a fight between Alonso, Schumi and Hamilton. I hope to see Vettel up there, but not sure how consistent that car will be for him. Engine failures and mistakes led him down a bad path last year.

  • Craig Scott February 23, 2010, 12:53 am

    Alonso and Schumacher have had pretty consistent times, and staying in the middle of the pack at Jerez, which probably means they’ve been running with heavy fuel loads much of the time. At Barcelona, I think we can expect to see some of the teams show their true hands, as they begin to work seriously on qualifying trim.

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