Trulli fastest at rain-hit Silverstone
Toyota stayed on top of the times as testing continued at Silverstone on Wednesday, this time with Jarno Trulli at the wheel. After his team-mate Ralf Schumacher set the pace on Tuesday, Trulli posted a best lap of 1m21.420s on a rain-interrupted second day in Northamptonshire.
"In general it was a positive day even though itís difficult to judge comparative performance because itís always very windy here," said the Italian. "The morning went pretty well for us testing set-up and tyres and I felt pretty comfortable with the car. Then we changed the suspension settings so we lost some time around the lunch break. After the rain in the afternoon we only had about a half an hour more of meaningful work. But this was just typical of the problems that we can face during testing. Overall the running I have been able to complete has been good so I would say that we are in reasonable shape here."
Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari, just over 0.1s behind Trulli, as he carried out a mixture of development and set-up work on the F2007. Alex Wurz took over the Williams from Kazuki Nakajima and clocked the third best time despite being hit by a hydraulic problem early in the afternoon.
Pedro de la Rosa was fourth quickest despite an oil leak in the morning, while Renaultís Heikki Kovalainen lost time to an engine change and finished fifth fastest. "We have enjoyed two important days of testing," said the Finn, who will hand over to Nelson Piquet Jr on Thursday. "We didnít do as many laps as we would have liked, but there were some very good tests even so. The car is more consistent to drive, and moving forward bit by bit. I think itís an encouraging sign for the next few races."
Red Bull Racingís reliability woes continued as Mark Webber stopped on the circuit twice with engine-related problems and completed only 33 laps in the RB3. RBRís junior stable-mate Toro Rosso had a better day, Tonio Liuzzi setting the sixth best time and the new seamless-shift gearbox running trouble-free. BMW Sauber test driver Timo Glock completed the dayís highest lap tally (84) as he carried out suspension development and aero work. Adrian Sutil worked mainly on race set-up for Spyker and was pleased with the balance of the F8-VII.
More rain is forecast for Thursday and the teams fear they may not complete all their scheduled work.