Soucek Fastest On Jerez Rookie Test Day 1
Andy Soucek, the reigning Formula 2 champion was fastest for Williams on the first day of the “Rookie-Test” in Jerez.
The aim of the days this week on the Spanish circuit is to give young drivers the chance behind the wheel of an F1 car, which has become severely limited thanks to the testing ban.
Soucek was impressive in the Williams, a car he was given the chance in thanks to winning the aforementioned F2 title. He spun early in the day but edged to the top of the timesheets.
Paul di Resta, the highly talented DTM driver was only tenths of a second off Soucek’s time in the Force India, and this solid performance is lkely to bode well for the Scot who is aiming to become the teams third driver for 2010, considering his challenger JR Hilderbrand only managed 10th place overall.
Gary Paffett, McLaren’s “nearly man” was just down in 3rd, being edged by DTM opponent Di-Resta late on.
Daniel Ricciardo recovered from an accident avoidance with Brendon Hartley early in the day to grab 4th, ahead of Jules Bianchi in 5th for Ferrari and Mike conway in 6th for Brawn.
Hartley, who spun off and smashed into the barriers was the slowest driver of the day.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Soucek Williams 1m19.158s 87 2. Di Resta Force India 1m19.369s + 0.221s 46 3. Paffett McLaren 1m19.426s + 0.268s 54 4. Ricciardo Red Bull 1m19.534s + 0.376s 112 5. Bianchi Ferrari 1m19.626s + 0.486s 90 6. Conway Brawn 1m19.920s + 0.762s 58 7. Rossi Sauber 1m20.227s + 1.069s 82 8. Ericsson Brawn 1m20.333s + 1.175s 49 9. Baguette Renault 1m20.511s + 1.363s 105 10. Hildebrand Force India 1m20.537s + 1.379s 49 11. Turvey McLaren 1m20.856s + 1.698s 27 11. Hartley Toro Rosso 1m21.325s + 2.167s 69