Heidfeld Fastest On Jerez Test Final Day
Nick Heidfeld topped the time sheets in the BMW Sauber F1.09 on the final day of the Jerez test week which started last Sunday with all teams (bar Toro Rosso) running their 2009 machinery together for the first time.
Heidfeld put in 123 laps, by faar the busiest of the day.
He was just faster than Kimi Raikkonen who put the Ferrari in 2nd place, a locale it has held all week with consistent and reliable tests.
Lewis Hamilton was 3rd, he lost control of his car and put it in the barriers during the day and completed under 60 laps. The World Champion and his team look to be struggling at this crucial stage of the pre-season.
Webber and Nakajima were next, and propping up the times was Jarno Trulli who had lots of problems and got hardly any competitive running in.
The Italian was happy with his chance to run 2010 Bridgestone tyres however.
“That was a short day for us,” said Trulli. “We lost the morning to the weather but in the afternoon we had a chance to try out the 2010 Bridgestone slick tyres. The conditions remained difficult because the wind was still strong.
“On one run I picked up some damage to the front wing after running over kerbs. Still, we made it through a number of runs and collected data for the future. As for this season, this test shows that things are going well for us so we can be confident.”
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:20.052 123 2. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:20.404 112 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.272 58 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.219 47 5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:22.226 54 6. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:23.119 38