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Bourdais Fastest At Jerez Test

Sebastien Bourdais was the fastest driver of the day at Jerez, but Lewis Hamilton was the fastest of the 2009 car runners at the circuit.

While Ferrari and Toyota were not running in Bahrain, Toro Rosso, McLaren and Red Bull amongst other teams were present in Europe for one of the first dry tests of the season.

Bourdais was clearly fastest, but mainly because the 2008 cars on slick tyres are just so much faster than 2009 cars.

While Hamilton was fastest of the 2009 bunch, the McLaren team are still running a 2008 rear wing on the MP4-24 so the times are not 100% accurate to the new regulations.

Sebastian Vettel was kicking at the World Champions heels in the new Red Bull RB5, with a time just 0.001 of a second slower.  That Red Bull has the potential to be one of the best this season.

Nakajima and Fernando Alonso followed in 4th and 5th places.

“Today was all about getting mileage on the car, especially with the new KERS system,” said Alonso.

“It was my first full dry day in the car and so I was able to learn a lot. We completed lots of laps, which is encouraging and now we will start working on the set-up of the car so that I can get more comfortable with it.”

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time     Laps
 1.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   (B)   1:18.493  128
 2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes     (B)   1:20.737   93
 3.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault     (B)   1:20.738   92
 4.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota      (B)   1:20.898   92
 5.  Alonso        Renault              (B)   1:21.307  133
Kazuki Nakajima under the bridge across the main straight

Kazuki Nakajima under the bridge across the main straight

Hamilton was the fastest 2009 car, but they were using an 08 rear wing

Hamilton was the fastest 2009 car, but they were using an '08 rear wing

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

Vettel was fast again in the promising RB5

Vettel was fast again in the promising RB5

Meanwhile in Bahrain….

Testing might as well be abandoned as a major sandstorm has hit the Sakhir circuit again

Testing might as well be abandoned as a major sandstorm has hit the Sakhir circuit again


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