Ralf tops Imola ahead of Michael

Ferrari put the F2004 to the test against rivals for the first time at Imola today but it was the Williams FW26 of Ralf Schumacher that topped the times. In rain and snow Ralf set a best of 1:21.869, ahead of brother Michael's Ferrari by just six...

Ferrari put the F2004 to the test against rivals for the first time at Imola today but it was the Williams FW26 of Ralf Schumacher that topped the times. In rain and snow Ralf set a best of 1:21.869, ahead of brother Michael's Ferrari by just six hundredths of second. Ralf worked on mechanical set up and racked up the most laps of the day, 57, but conditions hampered the team's programme.

Michael was behind the wheel of the F2004, working on development, while Rubens Barrichello tested tyres in the F2003-GA. The pair managed 59 laps between them. Ferrari continued trying out new aerodynamic developments on the F2004: two winglets, mounted one on each side of the airbox above the driver's head.

David Coulthard was the sole McLaren, fourth fastest, and Toyota's Cristiano da Matta and Oliver Panis rounded off the times in fifth and sixth respectively.

On a wet track at Silverstone, Renault's Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso completed the team's winter test programme by practicing pit stops. Both used the R24-03 chassis and no 'meaningful' lap times were recorded. Alonso had a minor off resulting in a dented front end and broken suspension.

Jordan joined the Silverstone test, with drivers Nick Heidfeld and Giorgio Pantano on duty, and BAR's Jenson Button was also present. Button set the best time of the day, 1:19.673. In this final week of testing before Melbourne folks are keeping pretty quiet about what they're up to.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Fernando Alonso
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Jordan