Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello topped the times today [Tuesday] at Jerez, as wet weather again hampered the teams present. Unlike yesterday though, fourteen drivers were out on track, the Brazilian leading the way with a 1 minute 26.052 seconds.

The Scuderia completed only 11 laps in total however, a statement from the Maranello squad explaining:

"Once again, the day was affected by heavy rain which fell on the track, making it almost impossible to get through the planned technical programme, which centred on tyres. Barrichello completed only 11 laps, while Luca Badoer did not even run."

Takuma Sato was next up in second, with Felipe Massa completing the top three, both drivers were the only other ones to break into the 1m 26s barrier.

Juan Pablo Montoya was fourth on a 1m 27.397s, with BAR's Anthony Davidson fifth and Renault third driver Franck Montagny sixth. JPM notched up 52 laps for Williams, the most of any one driver on track.

Sam Michael, chief operations engineer at the Oxfordshire based squad, told the teams official website: "It was wet all day today which enabled us to concentrate on intermediate and wet tyre testing with Michelin. We also worked on various traction control and other electronic set up items. Juan Pablo did the tyre testing and Marc [Gene] continued system checks with the new engine and gearbox."

Mark Webber meanwhile lead the rest in seventh, with former Jaguar driver, Pedro de la Rosa eighth, Gene ninth and Fernando Alonso tenth. Sitting on the outskirts of the top ten was Toyota duo Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta, Christian Klien sandwiched between the two in twelfth.

Alexander Wurz was the only other driver in action, completing just 11 laps, as McLaren aired on the side of caution with the new MP4-19 - not wanting to risk damaging it in the poor conditions.

Testing continues at Jerez tomorrow [Wednesday].

Leading times (9 December) - Jerez:

1. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 26.052s 11 laps B
2. Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1m 26.709s 22 laps M
3. Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1m 26.950s 22 laps B
4. Juan Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 27.397s 52 laps M
5. Anthony Davidson BAR-Honda 1m 27.687s 50 laps M
6. Franck Montagny Renault-Renault 1m 27.794s 26 laps M
7. Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 27.855s 43 laps M
8. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1m 28.497s 27 laps M
9. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 28.600s 29 laps M
10. Fernando Alonso Renault-Renault 1m 28.660s 7 laps M
11. Olivier Panis Toyota-Toyota 1m 29.609s 35 laps M
12. Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 30.520s 42 laps M
13. Cristiano da Matta Toyota-Toyota 1m 31.419s 31 laps M
14. Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 32.387s 11 laps M

M - denotes Michelin tyres
B - denotes Bridgestone tyres

Weather / track conditions: Rain.

Crash.net would like to apologises to our readers, as the day two - Jerez times were originally incorrect. These have now been corrected, however those above are still unofficial.

 

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