Testing continued at Jerez on Thursday, again with 14 drivers on track, and it was McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya who topped the times on the second day. The Colombian set a best of 1:16.289 and team test driver Alex Wurz was fourth quickest. Both...
Testing continued at Jerez on Thursday, again with 14 drivers on track, and it was McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya who topped the times on the second day. The Colombian set a best of 1:16.289 and team test driver Alex Wurz was fourth quickest. Both drivers worked on tyres for the upcoming German and Hungarian Grands Prix.
BAR's Takuma Sato was second on the time sheet, four and a half tenths down on Montoya, and teammate Jenson Button was seventh overall. Sato carried out set up work in the morning, then tyres in the afternoon, while Button continued with aerodynamic evaluation. Test drivers Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi will be on track tomorrow.
Sauber's Felipe Massa was third but after a productive morning his day was curtailed by an accident. "A rear left rim failure, caused by a foreign object trapped inside the suspension components" sent the Brazilian off track into the tyre barrier. Massa was unharmed.
"He went off track at the entry of turn five and damaged the car in such a way that it was not possible to go on with the test today," said test engineer Paul Russell. "It's really a shame, but it's more important that Felipe is okay." The damage to the car will be repaired ready for Jacques Villeneuve to take over tomorrow.
Test driver Franck Montagny was the quicker of the two Renaults, fifth, and Giancarlo Fisichella was eighth. Montagny worked on tyres but had some technical troubles in the afternoon, while Fisichella had a problem free day working on set up and suspension. Second tester Heikki Kovalainen will take over from Fisichella for the final day tomorrow.
Ralf Schumacher, who was the fastest man yesterday, was sixth on the time sheet and Toyota also had test drivers Ricardo Zonta and Olivier Panis in ninth and 14th respectively. Zonta racked up 127 laps but Panis only did 11. David Coulthard was 10th for Red Bull and teammate Christian Klien was just behind in 11th.
Nick Hiedfeld and tester Antonio Pizzonia were 12th and 13th respectively for Williams. "Today, Antonio continued testing the FW27B (V8) car carrying out systems checks for BMW," said technical director Sam Michael. "Nick started driving today to work through a planned programme to understand the Mk2 bodywork after the problems we experienced at the French and British GP's."
"As such, he conducted various mechanical set-ups and aerodynamic testing in the FW27A. He worked on a different mechanical set-up all day. We also went through some aerodynamic checks on the car, such as barge board modifications and a different front wing. WilliamsF1 is a winning team and we are determined to overcome the current difficulties with the FW27 and return to competing at the front."
Ferrari continued testing at Paul Ricard in France, where test driver Marc Gen? worked on tyres. He set a best time of 1:13.297 over 88 laps. Michael Schumacher is scheduled to be behind the wheel tomorrow. Ferrari was joined by Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan and tester Robert Doornbos, who were second and third fastest respectively.