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de la Rosa tops day two in Algarve.

McLaren continued to lead the way in testing in Portugal after Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time on day two of running at the new Portimao circuit on the Algarve.

Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa took over at the wheel from fellow test driver Gary Paffett and spent the entire day running in the MP4-23K KERS car.

Although he struggled to find grip early in the day, de la Rosa was soon on the pace and posted the quickest time of 1min 30,080secs as he also complete aero testing alongside his KERS programme.

Ferrari meanwhile had two drivers out on track for the second day of the test, with Luca Badoer and Marc Gene both on track.

Badoer was the quicker of the pair with a lap of 1min 31.320secs while Gene was almost two seconds further back in third.

Portimao F1 test – day two: 16 December.

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1min 30.080secs 68 laps
2. Luca Badoer Ferrari 1min 31.320secs 71 laps
3. Marc Gene Ferrari 1min 33.076secs 51 laps

Conditions: Completely dry. Cold in the morning but growing warmer throughout the day. Maximum ambient temperature 13°C. Maximum track temperature 18°C.


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Lexington Steele

December 20, 2008 12:59 PM

Potentially Kers should aid deceleration and braking and provides a 'power boost' during periods of acceleration. It looks good for McLaren at the moment but there is a weight penalty to be paid so we'll have to wait and see how much of a performance advantage McLaren can squeeze out of the system. I wonder if Ferrari are throwing up a smoke screen and are not so far behind with their Kers development as they would like us to think? I only raise the possibility because it's not like Ferrari to 'drop the ball' like they appear to be doing in this case.



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