With the Italian Grand Prix taking place at Monza in just over a week's time all the teams were present to work on their race set-up's for this very high-speed circuit. The first day started late for Jos as a damp circuit saw the first couple of...
With the Italian Grand Prix taking place at Monza in just over a week's time all the teams were present to work on their race set-up's for this very high-speed circuit. The first day started late for Jos as a damp circuit saw the first couple of hours running lost, thereafter Jos worked his way through a program of race set-up work, both aerodynamic and chassis. Jos ran 42 laps before an engine problem stopped the car in the late afternoon, but finished the day 8th fastest.
The second day of the Monza test saw good conditions in the morning as Jos completed useful mechanical set-up work and a long run to simulate race conditions. After lunch rain resulted in the focus of the testing changing to wet tyre work with Jos running different treaded tyres to evaluate their performance should next weeks race prove to be run in wet conditions. The team ran of total of 57 laps in what proved to be a productive days work.
The third day of the Monza test was affected by heavy rain with the teams doing their best to continue test programs between downpours. The day started wet, drying out before lunch and for a short period after the break, but when the rain returned it was so heavy that the circuit remained closed for the rest of the day. Pedro de la Rosa had taken over the Orange Arrows test car and ran 50 laps as he worked on suspension set-up when the circuit conditions allowed.
Pedro and the team are remaining at Monza for a fourth day of running and hoping for better weather to allow them to complete preparations for the upcoming Italian Grand Prix.
Pedro de la Rosa:
"We're looking forward to Monza, especially after the disappointment at Spa. The car should go well there as it is a circuit with a lot of long straights, so hopefully we will get a better result".
"Monza has a lot of long straights where our car is good, but it may take some work to be consistently fast around the whole circuit. We've been testing there for three or four days now, so hopefully we have improved the car for the weekend".