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Thursday, July 24, 2008

I guess it really does give you wings...

Want to lead testing? Call Dietrich Mateschitz.

For the third straight day, a Red Bull-backed team topped the charts at Jerez.

Today it was Mark Webber, who set time of 1:19.176 on ’09 Bridgestone slicks in the morning.

Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, who will line up next to Webber next season, was quickest on the first two days of the four-day session.

“We’ve had a pretty good two days here. The car ran pretty reliably and we’ve clocked up some good mileage,” Webber said. “Today we were mostly getting ready for Budapest, as well as looking at developments for a little later in the season.”

“Yesterday we were focusing more on ‘09, and it was quite a challenging day,” he continued. “Today was better in terms of what we learned, mechanically and aerodynamically. It’s been a hot week for the guys working here and they’ve done a good job.”

David Coulthard takes over from Webber tomorrow.

Nelson Piquet was second fastest in the Renault before taking a trip into the kitty litter towards the end of the session.

“We spent most of the day looking ahead to next year by running with slick tyres, which was very interesting,” he said. “They felt good, gave plenty of grip, and the car was working well. We also did some set-up work, evaluating the changes to try and improve the overall balance. So overall another good day’s work.”

Kimi Raikkonen was third fastest in the Ferrari, as the Scuderia focused on improving its 2008 challenger.

Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi was fourth as the team continued testing its seamless-shift gearbox.

“It was a good day of testing with more than 100 laps, so it was quite positive,” Liuzzi told autosport.com. “Finally we put on the track the seamless shift and seems like it is working properly. For sure, we have to tune it better for the final version in Hungary, but we are happy because it was quite reliable. Hopefully there will be no problems for the rest of the test, and we will be ready to run it in Budapest.”

  1. Webber, Red Bull, 1:19.176
  2. Piquet, Renault, 1:19.334
  3. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:19.434
  4. Liuzzi, Force India, 1:19.544
  5. De la Rosa, McLaren, 1:19.850
  6. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:20.029
  7. Nakajima, Williams, 1:20.097
  8. Glock, Toyota, 1:20.421
  9. Barrichello, Honda, 1:20.614
  10. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:20.896
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