Barrichello quickest as Kovalainen crashes

Wet conditions again hampered the teams,who have just two more days in Jerez and next week's test in Barcelona before the season-opening race in Bahrain.

Written by Reuters | Jerez | Published: February 19, 2010 9:32:34 am

Williams driver Rubens Barrichello was fastest in official Formula One testing on Thursday while Heikki Kovalainen crashed the new Lotus on its second day back on the track.

Wet conditions again hampered the teams,who have just two more days in Jerez and next week’s test in Barcelona before the season-opening race in Bahrain on March 14.

Brazil’s Barrichello set a top lap time of 1 minute 27.145 with newcomer Vitaly Petrov of Russia second quickest in the Renault.

The Lotus brand made its comeback to a full Formula One test track for the first time in 16 years on Wednesday but Finland’s Kovalainen damaged the front wing after hitting tyre barriers midway through the session and the car could not be repaired.

Lotus are one of four completely new teams added to Formula One this season. Virgin had a better test than previous days but Timo Glock still went off the track.

US F1 and Campos,the other two new teams,are yet to complete their driver lineups or test amid speculation they will miss the season start.

Campos have been seeking new investment while Serbian outfit Stefan GP have said they are ready to take a failing team’s place on the grid with former world champion Jacques Villeneuve linked in the media with the group.

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