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.
|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|