The test in Jerez is over after four days. The next one starts on Friday in Barcelona, and will see the return of HRT after their trip to Monza to film for Pirelli. Today’s test allowed Bruno Senna a chance in the Renault, and he has done reasonably well, managing 68 laps.
Rubens Barrichello proved the ability of the Williams by becoming the only driver to dip below 1:20s, which was set fairly early in the day. He managed 103 laps despite causing a red flag. Kamui Kobayashi also set a lot of laps, taking long runs on the track while everyone else was at lunch, but he also caused a red flag. Third-fastest Fernando Alonso didn’t manage to make it up to his teammate’s faster time from earlier sessions, but once again the Ferrari was consistent and set 115 laps.
Other notable times include Kovalainen’s 1:21.632 – the fastest Lotus time all week, and exactly 1.8s off Barrichello’s time. It’s a vast improvement for the year-old team. He even managed to go faster than the Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren and Force India, although you can’t tell anything from lap times.
1 – Rubens Barrichello 1:19.832
2 – Kamui Kobayashi 1:20.601
3 – Fernando Alonso 1:21.074
4 – Sebastien Buemi 1:21.213
5 – Bruno Senna 1:21.400
6 – Heikki Kovalainen 1:21.632
7 – Nico Rosberg 1:22.103
8 – Sebastian Vettel 1:22.222
9 – Jenson Button 1:22.278
10 – Jerome d’Ambrosio 1:22.985
11 – Paul di Resta 1:23.111
The next test starts in Barcelona on Friday, which is a current race track. Last year’s pole qualifying time, set by Webber, was 1:19.995; the fastest lap in the race was set by Hamilton, at 1:24.357. A slower race lap was Pedro De La Rosa’s 1:30.411, set in lap 9 before he crashed out.