Red Bull and McLaren head test times

Red Bull and McLaren head test times

It was another busy day of testing on January 20th with the action once again split between two circuits. At Barcelona David Coulthard set the best time of the day for Red Bull Racing, 1:16.130. The team also had Christian Klien on track and the...

It was another busy day of testing on January 20th with the action once again split between two circuits. At Barcelona David Coulthard set the best time of the day for Red Bull Racing, 1:16.130. The team also had Christian Klien on track and the Austrian was fifth fastest, nine tenths down on Coulthard.

Klien suffered a heavy crash after a brake failure at the end of the pit straight. It was a big impact into the barriers but Christian was unharmed, although he sat out the rest of the session.

David Coulthard.
Photo by David Lopez.

Antonio Pizzonia and Nick Heidfeld concluded Williams' test week in second and third respectively, separated by seven tenths. Work focused mainly on evaluation and development of the interim FW26C but the drivers had limited running due to a suspension problem yesterday that required new parts from the factory.

Olivier Panis was back on track for Toyota and posted fourth fastest, while Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher managed sixth and eighth respectively for the Cologne squad. Rubens Barrichello took over from Michael Schumacher at Ferrari and was seventh, continuing work on new components, electronics and tyres.

At Fiorano, Ferrari shookdown the updated version of its 2004 championship winning car, the F2004M, with which the team will start the 2005 season. Tester Andrea Bertolini was behind the wheel and completed 21 laps on wet weather tyres with a best time of 1:04.287. Bertolini will continue development on the Vairano straight from Saturday.

There were six drivers on track at Valencia and McLaren test driver Alex Wurz led the way with a 1:09.510. Wurz will continue tomorrow and the new MP4-20 will make its track debut at Barcelona on January 24th in an exclusive session.

Tester Franck Montagny was second fastest for Renault, working on tyres, and Fernando Alonso was back behind the wheel for his first stint of winter testing. The Spaniard was hampered by technical problems and was fifth fastest while starting to adapt to the 2005 tyres and aero changes.

The BAR duo of Jenson Button, in the new 007, and Takuma Sato, in the '05 Concept Car, were third and fourth respectively, working on aerodynamics and tyres. Jacques Villeneuve rounded off the times for Sauber, his day concentrating on set up and tyres. Felipe Massa takes over tomorrow.

At Misano, Minardi had three drivers on duty; Chanoch Nissany and Nicolas Kiesa in the morning and Christijan Albers in the afternoon. Nissany, who has previously tested with Jordan, worked on hardware and software assessments. Former Minardi racer Kiesa did a few laps of aerodynamic evaluations and Albers also worked on aerodynamics.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia , Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Franck Montagny , Fernando Alonso , Christijan Albers , Felipe Massa , Andrea Bertolini , Chanoch Nissany
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan