Schumachers top of the test times

Michael and Ralf Schumacher topped the times today, at Mugello and Jerez respectively, as the quiet week of testing continued. Michael set a best of 1:22.001 for Ferrari in Italy, half a second up on test driver Luca Badoer. The Scuderia pair...

Michael and Ralf Schumacher topped the times today, at Mugello and Jerez respectively, as the quiet week of testing continued. Michael set a best of 1:22.001 for Ferrari in Italy, half a second up on test driver Luca Badoer. The Scuderia pair worked on tyes, electronics and set up for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Also on track at Mugello was a trio of BARs to conclude the team's three day programme. Test drivers Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato were third and fourth respectively and the team tried out F3000 champion Bjorn Wirdheim. Sato's test focused mainly on tyres over the three days while Davidson worked on the Honda engine for Suzuka and also aerodynamics.

Wirdheim, who recently tested for Jordan at the US Grand Prix, had only seven laps with BAR today: "Although I didn't have long, I was really impressed with the car, and extremely impressed with the brakes," he said. "I haven't run in high- downforce before and there is a lot to learn. I've now had a brief taste of the car and the controls, and hopefully I will get the chance to have a longer run once the test ban has finished."

At the Spanish circuit of Jerez, Schumacher Junior's Williams was the best of the three cars in action. Ralf clocked 1:20.247, just over a second ahead of Toyota's Ryan Briscoe and Williams tester Marc Gené. Tyre tests were the main focus for the Williams pair and Ralf worked on set up for Japan. Both drivers also practiced starts for development of the launch control system.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Ralf Schumacher , Luca Badoer , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Ryan Briscoe , Bjorn Wirdheim
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Jordan