Team Sauber Petronas began a four-day test today at Monza in preparation for next week's Italian Grand Prix. The primary purpose of the test is to optimise aerodynamic set-up and also to maximize braking performance. Nick Heidfeld, who will drive the first two days, set the fourth quickest time of 1.25.373s during the course of 50 laps.
Giampaolo Dall'Ara (Head of test Team):
"Our purpose today was further to develop our low downforce configuration on this high-speed circuit. We began this morning but unfortunately our program was interrupted by heavy rains. In the afternoon, we ran in poor weather conditions and we were able to complete some aero and mechanical set-up for the race in wet conditions. All being well, we will be able to continue the work tomorrow.
"We made a big step forward for the set-up on this circuit which requires the least downforce of all the circuits on the FI calendar. Team Sauber Petronas is in good shape for this test and we will continue this development scheme if the weather is good tomorrow."