2008's first test concluded today in Jerez, with eight teams wrapping up the three-day event under mixed conditions in the south of Spain. In a surprise end to the day, it was Toyota's Timo Glock who posted the fastest time, a 1m19.779s, with today being only his second day behind the new TF108. The times were significantly slower than the previous two days, due to the damp track until mid-afternoon, after which teams slowly drifted onto dry tyres.
Glock's time was over three tenths clear of his nearest rival's, with Lewis Hamilton returning to clock a 1m20.099s in second place. Fernando Alonso kept the pressure on his former team with a time of 1m20.363s for third, today being the first time the Spaniard had run in the wet without traction control. Rounding out the top four was Toro Rosso's Sébastien Bourdais, as he continued his impressive run of pace.
Elsewhere down the field, David Coulthard debuted Red Bull's RB4 for the Austrian team, clocking a time of 1m22.581s, just three tenths slower than team-mate Mark Webber's time in last year's Red Bull RB3. Today also marked the return to testing for Adrian Sutil, who has only completed one other test day since the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix last October. At Williams, Nico Hülkenberg was at the helm of the interim FW29B for the first time since he was announced as the team's official test driver for 2008, with him clocking a time over three seconds slower than team-mate Nakajima, who tested for all three days this week.
While today signifies the end to this week's test here, the teams will be back on-track in Valencia next week, starting Tuesday January 22, when Williams will give its new FW30 its track debut.
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Unofficial times from Jerez (16/01/2008):