Valencia Test Day 1: Ferraris fastest

Under sunny skies and a pleasant 24 degrees C, Tuesday marked the first day of testing this week for the F1 teams this week, working at the "Ricardo Tormo" Cheste circuit, on the outskirts of Valencia.

In front of a large crowd of enthusiasts, ten of the eleven teams entered in the World Championship were in action on track. The Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen led the way.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team moved continued work on the ongoing development of the 2008 challenger, with particular focus on bringing the gearboxes up to mileage, to be in line with the new rules that gearboxes are to last for four races in 2008.

In the Scuderia Toro Rosso camp, the main item on the agenda for both our drivers this morning was getting to know the circuit, which the team has not used for a long time. Once a decent set-up had been established, in the afternoon Sebastien worked on evaluating some new aero parts, while Sebastian continued with set-up, as the track conditions gradually evolved because of changes in the wind and temperature.

Today's times:


Driver Team Time Laps
1. Massa Ferrari 1:12.182 97
2. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.721 100
3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:12.838 80
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.026 100
5. de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.163 107
6. Alonso Renault 1:13.316 133
7. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:13.473 89
8. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:13.627 86
9. Asmer BMW-Sauber 1:13.669 44
10. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:13.675 73
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:13.779 80
12. Trulli Toyota 1:13.820 69
13. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:13.944 70
14. Glock Toyota 1:14.095 76
15. Liuzzi Force India-Ferrari 1:15.095 64
16. Wurz Honda 1:15.440 49

Bold = 2008 car

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