Honda Jerez day 4 report

Date     Friday 19 September 2008 Track    Circuito de Jerez, Spain Driver   Alex Wurz 

No of Laps   51 laps  Best Lap Time  01:22.658  Kilometres Covered 226km  Track Length  4.428km  

Total Test Laps  221 laps  Total Test Kilometres 979km 

Weather    Hot and sunny  Ambient Temperature Maximum 32°C Track Temperature  Maximum 43°C 


Alex Wurz concluded the final test of the 2008 season for the Honda Racing F1 Team in Jerez today.

After two days of testing in the RA108, Alex today drove the car with the team's KERS development system in place. He completed 51 laps, evaluating the KERS system at various levels and gathering valuable data.

ALEX WURZ"It was good to spend three days in the car this week and we were able to achieve a great deal of beneficial work. For the first two days in the RA108, we concentrated on aerodynamic and set-up evaluations, and the car performed quite well on the new track surface in Jerez. Today we ran our KERS system which was a very interesting and promising experience. Every time that we run with KERS, we learn more and start to fully understand its possibilities. It's such an interesting challenge and one that we look forward to developing further over the next few tests."

ROSS BRAWN, TEAM PRINCIPAL"We have had a good test this week achieving some positive results which will assist our efforts both this season and looking ahead to 2009. Along with aerodynamic and set-up work with the RA108, we completed an engine settings evaluation which should have benefits for the remaining four races.

"The test was also a critical stage in our development of KERS. Although installed in a 'mule' car, the KERS system was fully functioning and very close to 2009 specification. Alex was able to give an invaluable input into the track behaviour of our KERS system and highlight several areas we need to focus on. A very valuable test and I am extremely pleased with the performance and the progress we have made with the system."

RESULTS (All timings are unofficial)

Pos Driver   Team   Time  Laps 1. Pedro De La Rosa  McLaren  01:18.992 90 2. Nick Heidfeld  BMW   01:19.250 98 3. Lucas Di Grassi  Renault  01:19.280 102 4. Sebastian Vettel  Toro Rosso  01:19.470 93 5. Sebastien Buemi  Red Bull  01:20.005 84 6. Timo Glock   Toyota  01:20.482 111 7. Alex Wurz   Honda   01:22.658 51 8. Nico Rosberg  Williams  01:22.806 102