If Sebastien Buemi was upset after Switzerland got knocked out of Euro 2008 on Wednesday night, at least he got a consolation prize in the form of some F1 track time. Running for most of the day, using only the Barcelona "hard" Bridgestone-spec tyres, he worked on preparation for the forthcoming FrenchGrand Prix.
On his job sheet: some suspension development work and evaluation of a few minor aerodynamic modifications. This was the Swiss driver's first significant run in the car, after his last attempt at Paul Ricard had been thwarted by rain. And it was rain here at the Catalunya Circuit that meant David Coulthard, who was originally scheduled to take over for the final couple of hours, only managed a small number of laps, before rain stopped play with just under an hour to go.
Technically the day went smoothly, with no problems and the entire programme was completed. David continues driving tomorrow, when the forecast is for fine weather all day.