Schumacher fastest at wet Valencia

The bad weather caught up with testing at Valencia on Wednesday, where heavy rain hampered the teams' work. Of the seven drivers present only four set a time; Michael Schumacher's 1:21.763 was the best of the day. The German stuck it out for 60...

The bad weather caught up with testing at Valencia on Wednesday, where heavy rain hampered the teams' work. Of the seven drivers present only four set a time; Michael Schumacher's 1:21.763 was the best of the day. The German stuck it out for 60 laps and teammate Rubens Barrichello did 14 in second fastest, to conclude Ferrari's week working on tyres.

McLaren had its test drivers at work; Pedro de la Rosa was third quickest but Alex Wurz did not set a time. The cars remained in the garage until the afternoon when slightly improved conditions saw the pair venture out to conduct some tyre pressure work. De la Rosa put in 16 laps and Wurz just two.

Nick Heidfeld completed 61 laps for Williams and was fourth fastest. "Unfortunately, Nick's penultimate day of testing before the season starts was too wet to do any constructive testing, so we focused on systems checks and familiarisation work with the FW27 in preparation for Melbourne," said test team manager Tim Newton.

BAR's Jenson Button went out for three laps without setting a time and the team decided no meaningful running could be done. Button will continue tomorrow, conditions permitting, along with team tester Enrique Bernoldi. Ralf Schumacher's Toyota put in a tentative few laps but also did not set a time.

Track conditions were equally bad at Silverstone, where the snow prevented any further work for Renault. During its rather abortive test week, the French squad shookdown a new R25 chassis and practiced pit stops. Renault's next test will be at Jerez after the Australian Grand Prix, with testers Franck Montagny and Heikki Kovalainen on duty.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Enrique Bernoldi , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Nick Heidfeld , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams