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F1 testing: Hamilton puts the hammer down in Jerez

Lewis Hamilton put in the fastest time of any set during the four days of testing at Jerez as all the teams seized on a dry afternoon to make their drivers work for their salaries.

Lewis Hamilton testing at Jerez
Lewis Hamilton testing at Jerez

The McLaren driver completed 113 laps with a fastest time of 1min 19.583sec, while the previous day’s pace-setter Jaime Alguersuari found himself slowest, almost four and a half seconds adrift in his Toro Rosso.


Most teams completed more than 80 laps, with Felipe Massa racking up 160 for Ferrari. Only Virgin’s Lucas di Grassi had a comparatively quiet day, but his 63 laps represented a significant step forward for the team after its struggles to run any sort of distance at all during the previous days.

Next-best behind Hamilton was Adrian Sutil for Force India, while Rubens Barrichello set the third best time as Williams decided to concentrate on their car instead of the performance of the Cosworth engine.

Robert Kubica was next for Renault ahead of Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher, who confided to reporters that his team, McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull seemed a step ahead of everyone else, but nobody had any idea who was actually fastest.

Both Schumacher and Massa stopped out on track after running out of fuel on long runs designed to test how far their cars could last on fumes.

Jerez test times day four

  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren: 1m19.583s (113 laps)
  2. Adrian Sutil, Force India: 1m20.180s (83 laps)
  3. Rubens Barrichello, Williams: 1m20.341s (90 laps)
  4. Robert Kubica, Renault: 1m20.358s (85 laps)
  5. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes: 1m20.613s (83 laps)
  6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull: 1m21.203s (89 laps)
  7. Felipe Massa, Ferrari: 1m21.485s (160 laps)
  8. Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber: 1m22.134s (105 laps)
  9. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin: 1m22.912s (63 laps)
  10. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso: 1m24.072s (98 laps)

Jerez test times – all four days combined

  1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren: 1:19.583 (day four), 181 laps
  2. Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso: 1:19.919 (day three), 174 laps
  3. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber: 1:19.950 (day two), 158 laps
  4. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso: 1:20.026 (day two), 205 laps
  5. Adrian Sutil, Force India: 1:20.180 (day four), 131 laps
  6. Rubens Barrichello, Williams: 1:20.341 (day four), 210 laps
  7. Robert Kubica, Renault: 1:20.358 (day four), 188 laps
  8. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes: 1:20.613 (day four), 207 laps
  9. Jenson Button, McLaren: 1:20.618 (day two), 151 laps
  10. Nico Hulkenberg, Williams: 1:20.629 (day two), 185 laps
  11. Pedro de la Rosa, Sauber: 1:20.736 (day three), 163 laps
  12. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes: 1:20.927 (day one), 110 laps
  13. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull: 1:21.203 (day four), 148 laps
  14. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari: 1:21.424 (day two), 217 laps
  15. Felipe Massa, Ferrari: 1:21.485 (day four), 232 laps
  16. Vitaly Petrov, Renault: 1:22.000 (day three), 95 laps
  17. Mark Webber, Red Bull: 1:22.043 (day two), 149 laps
  18. Lucas di Grassi, Virgin: 1:22.912 (day four), 71 laps
  19. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Force India: 1:24.968 (day one), 71 laps
  20. Timo Glock, Virgin: 1:29.964 (day two), 16 laps


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