Fernandon Alonso set Valencia alight by drawing 35,000 spectators to the third day of testing for the F1 teams. Following teammate Felipe Massa’s lead, Alonso drove 127 laps and kept Ferrari on top of the time sheets for all three days.
The Spanish driver worked mainly on finding the best set-up on the car and assessing its handling with various fuel loads. Fernando completed a total of 127 laps, the quickest in a time of 1.11.470, which was the best time overall at this test.
With the Valencia test ending today, Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro will be back on track on 10th February at Jerez de la Frontera, with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel.
Mercedes GP Petronas driver Michael Schumacher ended his test session with an hour remaining due to a hydraulic problem. The expectations are high for Mercedes GP and Schumacher but the 7-time champion remains cautious saying:
“I wouldn’t expect to be winning right from the beginning,” he said. “It wasn’t something that I was aiming for and expecting to be the case. But we need to be strong enough on development.”
1. Alonso Ferrari (B) 1:11.470 127
2. de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari (B) 1:12.094 80
3. M.Schumacher Mercedes GP (B) 1:12.438 82
4. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:12.576 97
5. Button McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:12.951 82
6. Petrov Renault (B) 1:13.097 75
7. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth (B) 1:13.669 126