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Jerez Day 2 – Schumacher tops the times, Caterham racks up the miles

Michael Schumacher topped the time sheets on the second day of pre-season testing at Jerez, Spain. The seven-time World Champion completed 132 laps with a fastest time of 1m18.561s, more than a second faster than yesterday’s quickest lap by Kimi Raikkonen.

Heikki Kovalainen made up for Caterham’s limited running yesterday by completing 139 laps today, more than any other driver. It was a significant day for Caterham, as KERS was used for the first time on the CT01. The team formerly known as Lotus did not use KERS in 2011.

Kovalainen was upbeat, saying: “I feel very happy with the work we have completed today. Yesterday we had a problem that was nothing to do with the car so today was our first real day of testing and we had a trouble free day, completing most of what we wanted to on day one and day two and working through a variety of setup changes. We ran on each of the tyre compounds and I’m really starting to get a feel for the car. Basically it’s good news because it confirms what I thought yesterday. This car is a lot better than the 2011 car, it’s quicker and everything works as we want it to. We’ve made very solid progress and I feel really good physically, so I think there’s a lot more to come.”

The day was mostly without incident. Kimi Raikkonen had a couple of off-track excursions, the first of which brought out the red flag while marshals cleaned gravel off the track. There was only one other stoppage, when some loose concrete was removed from behind a kerb.

Raikkonen entertained with some aggressive driving throughout the day, and Schumacher gave an overtaking masterclass when he ended up behind other cars at several points in the afternoon.

Today was the last day of the first test for HRT, who will bring their 2012 car to the second test in Barcelona in two weeks time. They ran their 2011 car for two days in order to gather data on the new Pirelli tyres. All of the other teams, except Marussia, will be in action again tomorrow morning.

Laptimes for the day are as follows:

Pos Driver Car Time Laps
1 Michael Schumacher Mercedes W02  1m18.561s 132
2 Mark Webber Red Bull RB8  1m19.184s 97
3 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso STR7  1m19.587s 100
4 Jules Bianchi Force India VJM05  1m20.221s 46
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus E20  1m20.239s 117
6 Paul di Resta Force India VJM05  1m20.272s 69
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari F2012  1m20.454s 95
8 Jenson Button McLaren MP4-27  1m20.688s 85
9 Sergio Perez Sauber C31  1m20.711s 106
10 Pastor Maldonado Williams FW34  1m21.197s 97
11 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham CT01  1m21.518s 139
12 Pedro de la Rosa HRT F111  1m22.128s 64

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About Chris Cameron-Dow

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