Ralf quickest on first day of Jerez test

Ralf quickest on first day of Jerez test

It was back to work on the test track on July 13th and the Spanish circuit of Jerez was the popular location. 14 drivers from seven teams were on track for the last test before the summer ban and Toyota's Ralf Schumacher topped the times with a...

It was back to work on the test track on July 13th and the Spanish circuit of Jerez was the popular location. 14 drivers from seven teams were on track for the last test before the summer ban and Toyota's Ralf Schumacher topped the times with a best of 1:17.631. Team testers Ricardo Zonta and Olivier Panis also shared the duties and were 11th and 14th respectively.

Ralf Schumacher.
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BAR's Jenson Button was second quickest, just under a tenth off Ralf, and team test driver Anthony Davidson was seventh overall. Button worked on aerodynamics and Davidson evaluated suspension settings but both were hampered by red flags in the afternoon. Takuma Sato is scheduled to take over from Davidson tomorrow.

Tester Franck Montagny was the quicker of the two Renaults on track in third, while Giancarlo Fisichella was fifth. It was a difficult day for the French squad as Montagny struggled to find a good balance and Fisichella's work ended early with a brake problem. Their programme focused on tyres, set up and suspension for the next two races.

The Sauber of Felipe Massa split the two Renaults in fourth. The Brazilian focused on new aerodynamic parts which were introduced at Silverstone and also tyre work for Hockenheim and Hungary. Massa will continue tomorrow and teammate Jacques Villeneuve will take over on Friday.

Christian Klien led the two Red Bulls present in sixth and teammate Tonio Liuzzi was eighth. McLaren also had two drivers at work, Juan Pablo Montoya ninth and tester Alex Wurz 10th. Montoya worked on tyres, suspension and aerodynamics but suffered an engine failure in the afternoon, while Wurz concentrated on tyres.

Williams had its test driver duo of Nico Rosberg and Antonio Pizzonia on duty and they were 12th and 13th respectively. "Nico spent the majority of today's test investigating the issues we are trying to resolve on the current chassis. He also completed some systems checks and set-up development work," said test team manager Tim Newton.

"Antonio drove the FW27B this morning, in which we are running the new BMW V8 engine for the first time, but returned to the FW27A chassis in the afternoon when Rosberg was forced to withdraw from the test with stomach problems. Antonio will be joined by Nick Heidfeld for the second day of the test."

In France, Ferrari continued its work at the Paul Ricard hi-tech test track with Marc Gen? behind the wheel. The Scuderia's test driver focused on tyres and aerodynamics and set a best time of 1:33.905 over 33 laps. Gen? will continue at the circuit tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams