After the wet weather that affected Monday's running, better weather conditions greeted the eight Formula One teams on duty at Jerez for the third day of the Spanish test session, with Timo Glock remaining out front for Toyota.
While the day started with showers, the circuit soon started to dry out and as such, the teams aimed to make up for lost time, with four men logging more than 100 laps.
Glock was amongst them with 142 laps at the wheel of the TF109, which included a race simulation during the morning before moving onto set-up work on the car and a late qualifying simulation, where he posted the best time of the day with a lap of 1min 19.814secs.
"That was a productive day,” he said. “This morning we were again a bit unlucky with the conditions, which made the race simulation quite tough. But it was useful to find out when to change to slick tyres and our pace wasn't bad. Then we got some dry running for the rest of the day.
“We did a lot of set-up work and late on we did some shorter runs to make it through the programme. We've made it through a lot of miles over these two days and we're making useful progress."
Felipe Massa was half a second behind in third place as he returned to the track for Ferrari. A race simulation during the morning saw him suffer a brief off at turn one while he also lost some track time due to an electrical issue on the car. However, the F60 then performed without problems as Massa completed more than 130 laps.
Fernando Alonso was third quickest for Renault as the Spaniard hit the track on home soil and he was the busiest man over the course of the day, completing more than 150 laps as he added more miles to the R29 and also carried out set-up and development work ahead of the opening race of the season in Australia.
“Today was a very productive day as I managed to complete 152 laps which gave us lots of useful data,” he reflected. “At this stage of the season it's important to have as much time in the car as possible to get used to the new rules such as the moveable wings and the KERS system and so I'm happy to have done so much today.
“Everyday we keep learning new things and I'm feeling more and more comfortable in the car Hopefully tomorrow we can have another dry day to build on the work we did today.”