After the second day of testing in Jerez, we are no closer to knowing who will be fastest in 2012. Jules Bianchi took over the VJM05 for Force India, putting in plenty of laps in the morning. At Caterham, they ran KERS for the first time. Kovalainen put in more laps than any other driver – vital after yesterday’s difficulties. HRT ran their 2011 car for hopefully the final time – with crash tests near to completion, they should get their car out for Barcelona – good news for Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan. This will be the first time the team has managed to get their car ready for pre-season testing.
Fastest today was Schumacher, getting into the 1:18s. There were a number of red flags, mostly caused by debris on the track – Kimi Raikkonen’s fault, the Finn causing damage to the Lotus’s underside when he forgot he wasn’t a rally driver any more – and other non-stopped-car issues. Overall, however, it has been quiet as regulation changes have not had an effect on reliability. Williams seem to be enjoying their new Renault engines.
Testing continues tomorrow and Friday, with a change in driver for most teams. Oh, and I’ll be back on Twitter so see you there!