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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Webber returns in Jerez, sandstorm halts Bahrain action

Heikki Kovalainen led the 2009 runners during the second day of testing at Jerez, as Mother Nature finally smile upon the circuit and let teams get into their programs.

Sebastien Buemi again led the pack in his 2008-spec Toro Rosso.

But the big story was Mark Webber, taking part in his first test since breaking his leg last November. Signs would seem to point to an impressive recovery, the Australian clocking the third best time for the day, second among the 2009 cars.

F1 Testing Sessions

“There were a lot of questions going into today and I answered them,” Webber told the team Web site. “From my point of view, it all went better than expected and to do over a race distance on my first day back in the cockpit, with several weeks to go to Melbourne is a good thing.”

Kazuki Nakajima’s Williams and Nelson Piquet in the Renault rounded out the field in Spain.

  1. Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:17.591
  2. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:20.799
  3. Webber, Red Bull, 1:21.321
  4. Nakajima, Williams, 1:21.451
  5. Piquet, Renault, 1:21.908

In Bahrain, a sandstorm red flagged the session after just 90 minutes of running.

Felipe Massa led the day for Ferrari, leading Robert Kubica’s BMW Sauber and Timo Glock in the Toyota.

  1. Massa, Ferrari, 1:33.639
  2. Kubica, BMW Sauber, 1:34.398
  3. Glock, Toyota, 1:34.902
Schu unhurt in bike accident

Michael Schumacher escaped injury after falling off his Holzhauer Racing Honda Fireblade during a test session in Cartagena, Spain, Wednesday.

Schumacher made a precautionary hospital visit, but stressed he was ok.

“Today I had an accident at the biking tests in Cartagena, and to be safe I went to a hospital,” he said in a statement on his Web site. “I was driving down start-finish and when breaking into the first corner I hit some bumps which made me fall. The checks in the hospital showed nothing and I am fine, therefore I went back home at the evening.”

Quote of the day

“If you want to drive the most advanced technical car in the world you drive a Formula 1 car. But if you want to do racing you come to NASCAR. That’s the way I see it. Are the cars the most advanced? No. Are the tyres the best tyres? No. But it brings a lot of the driver onto the table.” -- Juan Pablo Montoya.

Find out from Montoya on why he’s in NASCAR in Gordon Kirby’s interview in MotorSport. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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