Honda takes over at Jerez

Honda takes over at Jerez

It was another busy day at Jerez testing on July 20th with 14 drivers from nine teams in action at the Spanish circuit. Honda took over the time sheet with a vengeance, racers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button first and second respectively.

It was another busy day at Jerez testing on July 20th with 14 drivers from nine teams in action at the Spanish circuit. Honda took over the time sheet with a vengeance, racers Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button first and second respectively. Barrichello's best time was 1:16.982, half a second up on Button.

Rubens Barrichello.
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Renault team test driver Heikki Kovalainen was third on the time sheet and youngster Jose Maria Lopez was still behind the wheel for the French outfit. Kovalainen successfully completed his schedule but Lopez experienced some gremlins.

"Jose's car suffered from a number of problems during the day, and he completed fewer than 50 laps," said chief test engineer Christian Silk. "However, in those he was able to achieve the primary objectives for the day, and will hand over to Fernando tomorrow."

Tester Robert Kubica led BMW Sauber's efforts, fourth, and Nick Heidfeld was sixth on the time sheet. The team described it as a very productive day, with aero, brakes, set up and tyres all on the agenda. Jacques Villeneuve is scheduled to join Kubica on Friday.

Kimi Raikkonen was in the cockpit for McLaren, fifth fastest, and team tester and current stand-in racer Pedro de la Rosa clocked 11th. They continued with work on tyres for the upcoming races, along with aerodynamic and electrical developments.

Red Bull fielded David Coulthard and test driver Robert Doornbos, seventh and 10th respectively. Toyota again employed its test drivers, Olivier Panis eighth overall but Ricardo Zonta failed to set a time due to engine troubles early on.

"We lost a whole day of running with Ricardo's car due to an engine-related problem on his first run of the day," said test team manager Gerd Pfeiffer. "We are still looking into what may have caused this. It is too bad that Ricardo had to retire early, but this is what testing is for and what we are working on to improve."

Nico Rosberg was the only Willliams on track, ninth quickest. The team is working to resolve the tyre issues the drivers experienced in France --Mark Webber suffered multiple tyre failures on the left rear due to some kind of overheating problem.

Toro Rosso's Tonio Liuzzi and MF1's Tiago Monterio completed the line up in 12th and 13th respectively, ahead of Lopez. Elsewhere Ferrari continued at Paul Ricard, Michael Schumacher joining Felipe Massa. Tyres were their programme and Massa was quickest, 59.037 over 145 laps of the 2A-b solution of the track.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Pedro de la Rosa , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Ricardo Zonta , Felipe Massa , Robert Doornbos , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Robert Kubica , Jose Maria Lopez
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso