Paffett Fastest On Jerez Rookie Test Day 2
German Touring Car racer Gary Paffett was fastest on the second day of rookie testing at Jerez.
The Brit completed a fastest lap of 1.18.718 which was just under half a second faster than second placed man Nico Hulkenberg, who is a confirmed race driver with the Williams team for 2010.
In third was Daniel Ricciardo, the British F3 champion having a positive day. Paul di Resta was down in 4th, but still much faster than Force India test driver competitor JR Hildebrand who was 8th. Splitting those two were Esteban Gutierrez, Mike Conway and Marcus Ericsson.
Ferrari’s new signing Jules Bianchi was down in 9th, but put plenty of laps on the board ahead of Lucas di Grassi and Ho-Pin Tung.
Last was Mirko Bortolotti in the Toro Rosso who had a technical problem and caused the days only red flag when he accidentally pushed a button which shut down the gear change system.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps 1. Paffett McLaren 1m18.718s 80 2. Hulkenberg Williams 1m19.184s + 0.466s 94 3. Ricciardo Red Bull 1m19.243s + 0.526s 93 4. Di Resta Force India 1m19.411s + 0.693s 58 5. Gutierrez Sauber 1m20.190s + 1.472s 68 6. Conway Brawn 1m20.222s + 1.504s 83 7. Ericsson Brawn 1m20.440s + 1.722s 37 8. Hildebrand Force India 1m20.517s + 1.799s 50 9. Bianchi Ferrari 1m20.585s + 1.868s 113 10. Di Grassi Renault 1m20.898s + 2.180s 55 11. Tung Renault 1m21.492s + 2.774s 67 12. Bortolotti Toro Rosso 1m21.761s + 3.043s 69
In other testing news Betrand Baguette the highly rated Belgian will get another taste of F1 tomorrow, this time with the Sauber team.
The 23 year old drove on the first day of testing with Renault, his prize for winning the 3.5 Renault World Series championship.
“I am very happy to be able to drive for Sauber,” Baguette told AUTOSPORT. “It will be a second day for me – and it’s always good to get two days of testing instead of one.
“It will be very interesting to compare the differences between the two teams and the two cars.”