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Jerez Jan. 14Th Coulthard quickest in 07 car

January , 14th

Jerez: Day one – Coulthard quickest in 07 car

After a wet start to the opening testing session for the year here at the Jerez circuit in Spain this morning, the Red Bull racer piloted by veteran David Coulthard finished at the top of the timesheets.

This test marks the swansong for the Milton Keynes based squad’s 2007 car, the RB3, and for the morning at least, the weather was certainly the sort much loved by swans and other water birds. Overnight rain continued into the morning, giving David his first chance of driving in the wet without any traction control and engine braking.

Conditions were changeable throughout the day as the track took a while to dry fully and the technical program centred mainly on the continuation of validating engine and gearbox operation with this year’s common Electronic Control Unit. Mark Webber will take over in the cockpit tomorrow, before David gets to debut the new 2008 car, (the RB4) on Wednesday.

Second and third overall for the day were Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa, who began work on the development of the newly launched F2008, both at the wheel of one of the new cars. Meanwhile, Sebastien Vettel was a pleasing fourth for Toro Rosso where a[art from running without traction control, other new elements on the car were introduced for the first time in order to comply with the 2008 technical regulations: gearbox components adapted to run for four race weekends and the cockpit modified to meet new safety standards.

Vettel’s teammate, Sebastien Bourdais finished seventh overall, behind the two McLaren drivers, Pedro de la Rosa and Heikki Kovalainen, who were fifth and sixth quickest respectively.

Nico Rosberg was next up for Williams followed by Jarno Trulli and Nelson Piquet junior.

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m19.677 52
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m19.845 59
3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m20.123 43
4 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso 1m20.732 41
5 Pedro de la Rosa Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m20.883 53
6 Heikki Kovalainen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m20.936 49
7 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso 1m20.997 47
8 Nico Rosberg Williams 1m21.143 47
9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m21.344 86
10 Nelson Piquet Jnr Renault 1m21.595 41
11 Tonio Luizzi Force India 1m23.035 44
12 Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m23.134 42
13 Timo Glock Toyota 1m24.351 58
14 James Rossiter Super Aguri 1m34.852 10

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January, 15th - 01:25

Positive first day for Toyota

Panasonic Toyota Racing gave its new TF108 car an official testing debut at Jerez in Spain on Monday following a successful roll-out at the same track on Sunday.

Jarno Trulli completed 67 laps at the wheel of the TF108 during yesterday’s trouble-free roll-out in ideal conditions but the new car’s first full day of testing started with rain pouring on to a wet track. Jarno’s task was to put as many laps as possible on the new car to test systems and begin to understand set-up changes. The Italian driver made good progress understanding the TF108 and, thanks to impressive reliability from the new car, he completed 87laps.

“Everything went smoothly,” he said. “We were competitive all day, in the wet and in the dry. We pushed our performance forward and also gained more experience with this new car, which is very important and we are understanding more and more how it works. The roll-out yesterday was successful and we were able to complete a lot of laps without any trouble. The car seems to be running well and there are no major problems. I was happy to do so many laps with a new car today – it was a positive day.”

Meanwhile his new teammate Timo Glock drove a modified version of the TF107, working on the new gearbox and standard ECU, as well as making some set-up comparisons. Soon after lunch Timo spun into the gravel at turn 8, damaging his front wing against the tyre barriers. But quick work by his crew saw him back in action after a short delay and he completed his program with no further trouble.

“Today has been reasonable. I did quite a few laps in the TF107 and even though it is last year’s car we can still get more information about the new gearbox and also how the car behaves without traction control, especially in the wet conditions this morning,” he said. “We ran through our programme with no reliability problems but unfortunately I had a spin early in the afternoon when I touched the damp kerb and lost control which was a bit frustrating. I am excited by the chance to drive the new car tomorrow. The car has a totally new aerodynamic concept and so far everything has gone well with Jarno driving. Now I am really looking forward to getting the chance to drive the TF108 myself, it should be an interesting experience.”

Timo takes over at the wheel of the new car today, with Kamui Kobayashi alongside.

“We can be pleased with our progress so far with the TF108,” said Pascal Vasselon. “The roll-out yesterday went well and we ran through several system checks with no significant problems. Today we started to look more at set-up and I believe we made a promising start but at this stage it is still too early to be comparing lap times.”

“The main target today was to get information and data about the new car, how it behaves and how it reacts to changes, and we achieved that in both wet and dry conditions. Timo continued to drive the TF107 and he worked on refining the new gearbox and the standard ECU. He did some set-up work as well but the track conditions this morning did not help. In the afternoon we sent him out in challenging track conditions but this was a valuable learning opportunity now traction control has been outlawed. We are happy with our progress and looking forward to continuing the good work tomorrow.”
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