Schumacher takes over at Barcelona test

Schumacher takes over at Barcelona test

Ferrari remained at the top of the Barcelona test times on June 1st as Michael Schumacher took over from teammate Felipe Massa to post the best of the day. The German clocked 1:13.469 to top the list of the 17 drivers at work and worked on tyres...

Ferrari remained at the top of the Barcelona test times on June 1st as Michael Schumacher took over from teammate Felipe Massa to post the best of the day. The German clocked 1:13.469 to top the list of the 17 drivers at work and worked on tyres and new components.

Michael Schumacher.
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Team tester Luca Badoer did not have such a good day. The Italian crashed heavily in the morning, causing considerable damage to the car, although Badoer was uninjured. He will not be on track on Friday but his best time of the 28 laps he had completed before the accident today was good enough for 10th.

Renault test driver Heikki Kovalainen was second, seven tenths off Schumacher, and Giancarlo Fisichella was fifth. Kovalainen continued with tyre work for Silverstone while Fisichella focused on brakes and component testing for the Canadian round of the championship.

"The cars ran reliably, and we collected plenty of useful data for the next races," said chief test engineer Christian Silk. "Tomorrow, we will be putting finishing touches to our preparations for the forthcoming race in Silverstone, where we expect the R26 to maintain its recent competitive form."

Tester Ricardo Zonta was the lead Toyota in third and Jarno Trulli was sixth. Zonta was behind the wheel of the TF106 carrying out tyre preparations for Silverstone while Trulli drove the B version of the chassis to work on set up and tyres. Trulli finished his day a little early in order to have the gearbox worked on.

"The major test item for both cars was the tyre compound testing in preparation for the next race," said test team manager Gerd Pfeiffer. "With Jarno's car we tried various steering parts and set-ups to give him a better steering support. Ricardo also worked on such items as brake material comparisons and launches."

The Williams of Nico Rosberg set the fourth best time and team tester Alex Wurz was 16th. Rosberg had a busy day with engine software, temperature mapping, set up and tyres, while Wurz ran an aerodynamic programme. The Austrian had a shunt near the end of the session and damaged the car but he was fine and will be back at work tomorrow.

Test driver Pedro de la Rosa was the quicker of the two McLarens present in seventh and Juan Pablo Montoya was 11th. They continued with suspension and aerodynamic work, as well as tyres. Montoya was delayed in the morning with a clutch problem that necessitated a transmission change, but was able to return to the track afterwards.

BMW Sauber had both its race drivers at work, Jacques Villeneuve eighth fastest and Nick Heidfeld 13th. Villeneuve concentrated on aerodynamics and set up in the morning and tyres in the afternoon, while Heidfeld practiced starts, did a little aero and set up work then also switched to tyre testing in the afternoon.

Jenson Button was ninth on the time sheet for Honda and teammate Rubens Barrichello was 12th. Button first carried out tyre option evaluations for Silverstone then ran through an aerodynamics programme and Barrichello had the same work schedule, in reverse order. The team test drivers will take over on Friday.

Christian Klien led the two Red Bull present in 14th and tester Robert Doornbos was 15th. They racked up over 150 laps between them, while the Red Bull 'junior' team of Toro Rosso fielded test driver Neel Jani. The Swiss rounded off the times in 17th.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso , Williams