Testing continued at Jerez today with 8 teams present and 14 drivers setting lap times.
Pedro de la Rosa in the interim McLaren MP4-20 V10 set the fastest time of the day ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella and Mark Webber.
de la Rosa's time in the restricted V10 was a 1:17.451.
Fisichella's time in a 2006 spec car was a 1:17.479. de la Rosa covered the most number of laps with 123
For reference, the best time in 2005 was a 1:15.561 by Pedro de la Rosa in the McLaren MP4/20.
Several drivers had problems today, Kimi Raikkonen's running was very limited due to a gearbox problem and an engine oil leak. Both Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve had problems with their BMW Saubers, Nico Rosberg suffered a steering hydraulics problem on his FW28 and Tiago
Monteiro had a couple of problems on his MF1 Racing car.
The new Toro Rosso STR-01 took to the track for the first time with Antonio Liuzzi driving. Liuzzi's best time was over a second faster than Albers in the MF1 Racing car. The car had one electrical problem during the day. In related news, Red Bull confirmed that Gerhard Berger
has purchased a 50% stake in the Toro Rosso team.
Weather conditions were sunny then cloudy with air temperature reaching 19 degrees and track temperatures reaching 23 degrees.
Honda and Toyota have concluded their test. The remaining 6 teams continue testing tomorrow.