Jerez Test Day 1: Toro Rosso review

Sebastien Buemi in the Toro Rosso STR5 before the rain came down

Feb.10 (YF1) Formula One’s tour of Southern Spain continues, with the second pre-season test getting underway at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit.

As predicted, rain was a constant factor, falling in varying degrees throughout the day, apart from the first half hour or so.

Sebastien Buemi’s best time of the day was set in that dry period and after this, the STR5 had its first taste of running in the wet, so that the day proved to be an effective test of the Bridgestone Intermediates and Extreme Wets.

It’s worth noting that the Intermediates are a new tyre, with the front sharing the same narrow width as the dry tyres. As for the Extremes, these are the same tyres as in 2009, however they are mounted on narrower rims for 2010.

Day 1 best lap times:

P Driver Team Times Difference Laps
1 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1.20.927 57
2 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1.21.031 +0.104 84
3 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:22.243 +1.316 118
4 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.895 +1.968 88
5 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:23.287 +2.360 55
6 J.Button McLaren 1.24.947 +4.020 68
7 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.968 +4.041 71
8 V. Petrov Renault 1:25.440 +4.513 27
9 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.502 +5.575 50
10 T.Glock Virgin 1.38.734 +17.807 5