Testing in Valencia – Day 2

Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Rubens Barrichello were the big names for Day 2 of testing in Valencia. Yet another dry day for the teams to capitalize on, Ferrari and Sauber were the best of the rest for the second day in a row. Felipe had his second day in the new Ferrari F10, and went fastest of the day again. While Kamui Kobayashi had his first go in the Sauber C29, and followed up his team-mate’s work and finished in second.

                                                                                                                                                    Lewis Hamilton had his first day in the new MP4-25, “Obviously, it’s been a couple of months, and it feels fantastic to get back into the car for the first time and feel something different, it’s really nice.” When asked what the difference between the 2009 MP4-24 and the new MP4-25 is: “It’s much better then the ’09 car, but there’s still alot of work to do, I think it’s been very reliable, and I think it’s been a great first day.”

Lewis set a time of 1:12.256 and did 108 Laps

Felipe, on his second day of testing since his season ending crash at Hungary 2009, posted the quickest time. BBC Sport’s Sarah Holt asked Massa if his two fastest times over two days couldn’t’ really get any better, and Massa said: “No, for sure it can always be better, you always need to work to improve the car everyday.” “But I mean it is always good to post consistent times and also many laps, I think I made the most laps today.”

Felipe posted the fastest time of 1:11.722 and completed 124 Laps

Nico was beaten by his new team-mate Michael Schumacher on Monday, so he set out to improve on his time on Tuesday. Rosberg had a few problems with the seating of the Mercedes car, but overall he was happy. “I’m very pleased with our first full day of testing and we were really able to get into the programme and achieve some good work today,” said the German. “We successfully completed a race distance on the car’s second day of running and I’m quite happy with how the car felt on the longer runs with heavy fuel. It felt like the same car, just a little bit slower, but the balance was good.

“We’ve still got some work to do on my position in the car as I dropped down by 1.5 centimetres during the day which explains why the visibility got a little difficult towards the end but that’s something we can fix before the next test. Overall it’s been a positive start to our pre-season testing and I’m enjoying working with the team and feeling very comfortable here.”

  Nico posted a quick time of 1:12.899 and made 119 Laps

Kamui Kobayashi set the second fastest time behind Massa on Tuesday. “It was definitely a good day,” said the 23 year-old. “We had no problems with the car and covered a lot of mileage. The car felt good. I enjoyed driving a lot and also working with the team. It was a difficult winter for everyone but they seem to have done a good job; I want to thank them for that. Now it is important to keep working hard for the remaining test opportunities.”
Kobayashi Posted the second fastest time of 1:12.056 and made 96 Laps

With only one more day in the three day test at Valencia, Ferrari are on top with Sauber in second. But there is still the issue of fuel loads… Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Vitaly Petrov, Fernando Alonso, Pedro De La Rosa, Jaime Alguersuari and Nico Hulkenberg all tested on Day 3 – post to follow.

Unofficial Tuesday test times from Valencia:
1. Felipe Massa               Ferrari                1:11.722   124    Laps
2. Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber                1:12.056     96    Laps
3. Lewis Hamilton         McLaren            1:12.256    108   Laps
4. Robert Kubica            Renault             1:12.426    119    Laps
5. Nico Rosberg             Mercedes GP   1:12.899    119    Laps
6. Rubens Barrichello Williams             1:13.377   102   Laps
7. Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso      1:13.823    107   Laps

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