Schumacher tops last day at Barcelona

Schumacher tops last day at Barcelona

The week's testing at Barcelona came to a close on June 2nd and Michael Schumacher consolidated Ferrari's week at the top of the times with a best of 1:14.109. In the 248 F1 Schumacher completed the team's programme of tyres and evaluating new ...

The week's testing at Barcelona came to a close on June 2nd and Michael Schumacher consolidated Ferrari's week at the top of the times with a best of 1:14.109. In the 248 F1 Schumacher completed the team's programme of tyres and evaluating new components. He was the only Ferrari on track after Luca Badoer crashed out on Thursday.

Michael Schumacher.
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The fight for the top of the times was mostly between Ferrari and Renault the last two days but on Friday BMW Sauber got in on the act. Test driver Robert Kubica was less than half a tenth behind Schumacher in second, although Nick Heidfeld was some way down the list in 12th. They concluded with set up, aerodynamic, suspension and tyre work.

The Renaults were not far behind Kubica, Giancarlo Fisichella third and tester Heikki Kovalainen fourth. Both worked on long run performance and tyres. "The team has worked well this week, and we have completed a lot of reliable laps to make good progress with our programmes," said chief test engineer Christian Silk.

Jarno Trulli was the lead Toyota in fifth and team test driver Olivier Panis rounded off the times in 15th. "At this test, the new car is showing potential and we have been working on finding a better balance and perfect set-up for me," said Trulli. "The tyres we have been using are getting better as well."

"Of course there is still work to do and the Silverstone set-up will be much different than in Monaco, therefore we will have to wait and see how the B-car does on a high-speed track. Even though we have not yet tested at Silverstone this year, I think the race will be a tough fight and we are definitely going to be pushing hard to gain some points."

McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa was sixth, just marginally ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya in seventh. Suspension and aerodynamics were their programme on the last day, as well as tyres for Silverstone. Second tester Gary Paffett was present on the first day, while Montoya joined on Thursday, and de la Rosa was working all week.

"A busy three days for me working through the scheduled programme for this week," said the Spaniard. "We managed to achieve some good mileage on the car working through the various developments, particularly this morning where I completed a series of long runs."

Nico Rosberg was the sole Williams on duty and was eighth on the time sheet. "Nico continued testing today and started the session working on some set-up changes before moving on to test new brake material," said test team manager Mike Condliffe. "For the final part of the day, we completed a tyre selection test in preparation for Silverstone next weekend."

Red Bull rounded off its week with test driver Robert Doornbos ninth and David Coulthard 13th. The team was happy to report that overall there were less problems than in previous tests. The drivers -- who included Christian Klien on the first two days -- worked on development parts for the Ferrari engine, tyres for Silverstone and Canada, transmission development and new front suspension.

Honda tester Anthony Davidson clocked the 10th fastest time and young development driver James Rossiter was 11th. Davidson lost a little time after a spin at turn four but his work focused on set up and tyres. Rossiter also had an off-track excursion at turn four and lost most of the morning's running but went out later for aero and set up work.

"We covered 139 laps today which was good as the car was reliable yet again and we took the engine to above its target mileage," said Davidson. "We completed some valuable tyre testing for Silverstone next weekend and also looked at different aero evaluations finding some promising results."

Toro Rosso had all of its drivers on duty on different days this week, with Tonio Liuzzi 14th today. "This was a good test with everyone, drivers and team personnel putting in a solid performance," said chief engineer Laurent Mekies. "We had several new aero parts to evaluate and the workload was split between the three drivers."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli , Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Anthony Davidson , Robert Doornbos , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Gary Paffett , James Rossiter , Robert Kubica
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso , Williams