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Vettel Tops Times On Day 2 In Barca

Sebastian Vettel started his Red Bull Racing career in perfect fashion, topping the times at today’s Barcelona test despite a major brake fire earlier in the day.

The young German led a Red Bull lock out in the top 4 spots, with Sato in 2nd, Bourdais 3rd and Buemi 4th.  Those 3 drivers are fighting for the two seats in the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, and it must be said Sato is doing a terrific job.

Ferrari were lower down the times but they mainly focussed on reliability tests today, and are stripping the 2008 cars of aerodynamics for simulation work.

Pedro de La Rosa took to the track in a Force India, and despite being last, rumour is still circulating that he is going to take one of the two seats at the team for 2009.

Pos  Driver         Team                      Time     Laps
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault     (B)  1:19.751   70
 2.  Sato           Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:20.017   79
 3.  Bourdais       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:20.034   48
 4.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)  1:20.223   99
 5.  Paffett        McLaren-Mercedes     (B)  1:21.340   31
 6.  Kubica         BMW-Sauber           (B)  1:21.521   76
 7.  Rosberg        Williams-Toyota      (B)  1:21.525  113
 8.  Button         Honda                (B)  1:21.770  110
 9.  Sutil          Force India-Ferrari  (B)  1:22.073   58
10.  di Grassi      Honda                (B)  1:22.283  110
11.  Piquet         Renault              (B)  1:22.348   85
12.  Badoer         Ferrari              (B)  1:22.425  127
13.  Gene           Ferrari              (B)  1:22.772   31
14.  Heidfeld       BMW-Sauber           (B)  1:22.945   81
15.  van der Garde  Renault              (B)  1:23.250   37
16.  de la Rosa     Force India-Ferrari  (B)  1:23.499   86

Button with a 2009 Front Wing Honda

Button with a 2009 Front Wing Honda

Rosberg with a 2009 spec Williams

Rosberg with a 2009 spec Williams

Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel of a Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel of a Red Bull

Klien described the 2009 BMW as The ugliest thing he had ever seen - were inclined to agree

Klien described the 2009 BMW as "The ugliest thing he had ever seen" - we're inclined to agree

Luca Badoer in a 2008 Ferrari, with slicks and a mock-up KERS.  See the cooling box on the side here.

Luca Badoer in a 2008 Ferrari, with slicks and a mock-up KERS. See the cooling box on the side here.

Pedro de La Rosa testing for Force India

Pedro de La Rosa testing for Force India

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