Button leads round of testing in Spain

Jenson Button of McLaren was fastest as Formula One’s penultimate

test session ended without rain.

The defending champion’s lap of 1 minute, 18.871 seconds set

the pace as the 11 cars ran in dry conditions for only the second

of eight testing days at the Jerez Circuit.

Renault’s Robert Kubica was more than two-tenths of a second

behind for second place, followed by Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber,

Tonio Liuzzi of Force India and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP

rounding out the top five. Rosberg was within 1.190 seconds of

Button.

Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was sixth with a best time of

1:20.436 as most teams concentrated on long fuel runs. Jarno Trulli

made his Lotus debut with a best time of 1:23.470 from a

session-high 141 laps.