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."

Heikki Kovalainen was fourth for McLaren, with the Finn starting the day working with Bridgestone's intermediate tyre before the team fitted 2009 front and rear wings to the MP4-24 to carry out set-up evaluation work.

Behind Kovalainen, Adrian Sutil was a solid fifth quickest for Force India as work continued with the new VJM02 in what was the first day of proper running for the German after last weeks Silverstone shakedown. He was able to carry out work on set-up and tyre comparison while the team also ran with a shark fin engine cover as it evaluated various test items. Some time on track was lost due to a driveshaft issue during the morning.

"I think today was a good day," he said. "It was important to get into the car again and to get confident. The car was OK; there is definitely potential, and we were able to do more mileage and find some reliability in the afternoon. In the morning we had a little problem but we could fix it over lunch and start to do our programme. The tyres dominate a lot and the different compounds react differently: you have to find a good set up and get them to work and that is where we are concentrated now. We had some instability on the rear and oversteer, but we will see tomorrow. We are at least more reliable and can try and get some real mileage on the car now."

Mark Webber took over at the wheel for Red Bull and was sixth quickest, with race weekend simulations being the order of the day for the Australian, while Rober Kubica was seventh for BMW Sauber.

"Overall it was a good day," the Pole said. "We were able to make up some of the time we lost yesterday when rain meant we had to change our schedule. I started on extreme wet tyres, changed to wet tyres and finally drove slick tyres. Together with the various different set-up solutions I tried that helped me get an even better feeling for the car."

Nico Rosberg was eighth quickest, although his quickest time was just 1.5secs away from Glock's pace-setter.

Testing continues tomorrow.



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