Ralf tops times at Monza test 2002-09-04

Fifteen drivers from ten teams took to the track for the second day of testing at Monza, with Ralf Schumacher topping the times for Williams. In mixed conditions, wet in the morning and drying in the afternoon, Ralf set the fastest time of...

Fifteen drivers from ten teams took to the track for the second day of testing at Monza, with Ralf Schumacher topping the times for Williams. In mixed conditions, wet in the morning and drying in the afternoon, Ralf set the fastest time of 1:24.201. Williams test driver Marc Gene set the fifth time of the day.

"Again we were held up by rain showers today," said test team manager Tim Newton. "But were pleased that Marc Gené was able to complete a race distance. Ralf took full advantage of the only dry track window of the day and secured the best time on an otherwise wet track day. We made some changes on Ralf's car during the day to isolate and fix a problem. Tomorrow we have a driver change with Juan Pablo and Antonio joining the test team and we are hoping for a stable weather forecast."

Brother Michael was second fastest, the German worked on aerodynamics and tyres and did a huge 102 laps. At the Paul Ricard circuit in France, Luca Badoer continued work on the set-up of the F2002.

Both Jaguar drivers were in attendance, Pedro de la Rosa third fastest ahead of Eddie Irvine who was sixth. Jaguar tested set-up and tyres in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix at the circuit next weekend. BAR also had both drivers on track; Olivier Panis was the better of the two in fourth, Jacques Villeneuve eleventh.

The sole McLaren of David Coulthard was seventh followed by Jarno Trulli for Renault. Trulli worked on Michelin tyres and completed a race-distance reliability programme. Team mate Jenson Button assessed the car for Monza race set-up and posted the tenth time. Splitting the two Renault's was the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld who continued with a programme of aerodynamics, mechanical set-up and tyres.

Takuma Sato was on duty for Jordan and went twelfth quickest. Toyota had Allan McNish and test driver Stéphane Sarrazin present, thirteenth and fourteenth respectively. Both drivers worked on Michelin wet tyre programmes and Sarrazin on mechanical grip. Bringing up the rear was Minardi's Alex Yoong, back on track before returning to racing at Monza.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Takuma Sato , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Allan McNish , Marc Gene , Stéphane Sarrazin
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan