Michael Schumacher was on top in Jerez
Michael Schumacher led the way in the second day of testing today in Jerez.
His fastest lap was made more impressive by the fact that it was not a low fuel run – he had more than 10 laps of fuel on board at the time. Felipe Massa continued his good pace in Jerez, several hundreths off the Mercedes.
Sergio Perez examines his wrecked Sauber
Jenson Button got his first taste of the McLaren MP4-26, and was 3rd. He later revealed that he was forced to abort his flying laps on super-soft tyres after a red flag, and never used the KERS and adjustable rear wing systems.
Jaime Alguersuari was the first of several drivers to cause red flags, the Spaniard stopping out on track in the morning. Nevertheless., he was 5th, ahead of Mark Webber, who concentrated on heavy-fuel runs, and Adrian Sutil.
Sergio Perez crashed out after only 56 laps, and ended his day prematurely in 7th, ahead of Timo Glock. Vitaly Petrov was 9th, but struggled with rear brake locking, and spun out during the day, causing another red flag.
Pastor Maldonado was the second driver to crash, but much more seriously than Perez. Maldonado crashed his Williams at Turn 4, damaging both the front and rear of the car. His team was also forced to take apart and analyse his KERS unit, after it displayed warning signs in the morning.
Jarno Trulli was last, as his day was cut short by mechanical problems.
Sutil struggled all day, and blamed high degradation on the medium compound Pirelli tyre:
"The medium tyre we have here is different to before, and I was not so confident on
that, not so happy.
The tyre is very hard, quite a lot harder than what we had before. But it doesn't last
longer for some reason.
It's very slow in the first few laps, then the degradation starts very early still.
Even after five to six laps the degradation starts again, and I was expecting much
[Pirelli] probably go a different way [to Bridgestone], which is good for the sport.
It's a big challenge to drive on the limit with these tyres.
They are very oversteery, very low grip, so it is very easy to make mistakes. The
difference you have between the compounds is very big, but in general I like them."
Times from Jerez Day 2:
Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1.20.352 112
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.20.413 0.061 116
3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.21.009 0.657 69
4. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.21.214 0.862 72
5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.21.613 1.261 113
6. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.21.780 1.428 73
7. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1.21.857 1.505 56
8. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.22.208 1.856 57
9. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.22.493 2.141 65
10. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1.22.591 2.239 38
11. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1.23.216 2.864 40