McLaren heads last day of Jerez test

McLaren took the top of the times on the last day of testing at Jerez this week, where eight drivers from five teams were on track. The changeable weather conditions persisted, with a wet morning that cleared slightly in the afternoon. Alex Wurz...

McLaren took the top of the times on the last day of testing at Jerez this week, where eight drivers from five teams were on track. The changeable weather conditions persisted, with a wet morning that cleared slightly in the afternoon. Alex Wurz set a time of 1:19.750 for the best of the day and fellow McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was second fastest.

Jarno Trulli was on duty for Toyota and was third on the time sheet. The Italian had to skip two days of the test due to eye pain. A specialist removed a tiny piece of metal and Trulli resumed testing on Saturday. He worked on electronics and tried out downforce settings in regard to the regulation changes next year.

Ralf Schumacher, who was on duty for Toyota while Trulli was absent earlier in the week, summed up the test. "Unfortunately the weather this week has been pretty unreliable and very unstable, so that's disrupted our planned programme."

"We ran with a few new aerodynamic parts as an early preparation for 2005 but I did not have any dry running all week, so it's difficult to draw any real conclusions."

Luca Badoer and Marc Gené wound up Ferrari's week with fourth and sixth quickest respectively, finishing the programme of new components and tyre testing. Michael Schumacher, meanwhile, was in Paris today at the Stade de France for the Race of Champions (RoC).

Schumacher was beaten on track in the RoC quarterfinals by fellow F1 driver Felipe Massa, but Massa was given a ten second penalty for clipping the barrier and Schumacher went through. The F1 champion was defeated in the race drivers' final by Formula Nissan champion Heikki Kovalainen, who went on to win the Champion of Champions title.

Back at Jerez, Giancarlo Fisichella was the faster of the Renault pair, fifth, and team tester Franck Montagny was seventh. Robert Doornbos was again the single Jordan on track and rounded off the times in eighth. Testing resumes at Jerez next week.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Franck Montagny , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Robert Doornbos , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Jordan