Jerez test, Day 1: Sebastian Vettel fastest 

Written by David on July 22nd, 2008 at 7:49 pmLast Update: July 22nd, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Sebastian VettelJust two days after the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, the F1 teams got back on the track at Jerez for a four day test session at the Spanish circuit. Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel, ended day 1 on top of the timesheets: the German completed 94 laps with his fastest in a time of 1:19.844. McLaren’s test driver Gary Paffett (1:20.179, 80 laps) and Ferrari’s Luca Badoer (1:20.697, 69 laps) finished respectively second and third.

Williams’ young test driver Nico Hulkenberg completed day 1 fourth quickest (1:20.953, 58 laps), ahead of Red Bull’s Sebastien Buemi (1:20.997, 110 laps), Renault’s Romain Grosjean (1:21.223, 71 laps), Jarno Trulli (1:21.459, 96 laps) and Honda’s Alex Wurz (1:21.596, 84 laps).

Last place for BMW’s Christian Klien who couldn’t set a time and run only for three laps. The German was testing a prototype of BMW Sauber’s KERS system in the morning but when he returned to the pits after his installation lap, the first mechanic to touch the car in order to push it back to the garage, was thrown violently to the ground after receiving an electric shock.

The Hinwil team then, issued a statement informing that the mechanic had escaped serious injury but in order to investigate fully the incident the team had decided to keep the car in the pit garage for the afternoon.

(Pos – Driver – Team – Lap Time – Laps)

1.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1:19.844   94
2.  Paffett       McLaren-Mercedes     1:20.179   80
3.  Badoer        Ferrari              1:20.697   69
4.  Hulkenberg    Williams-Toyota      1:20.953   58
5.  Buemi         Red Bull-Renault     1:20.997  110
6.  Grosjean      Renault              1:21.223   71
7.  Trulli        Toyota               1:21.459   96
8.  Wurz          Honda                1:21.596   84
9.  Klien         BMW-Sauber           no time     3

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