The week's test session at Valencia came to a close today with Michelin teams undertaking a wet tyre programme on an artificially watered track. No constructive times were recorded in light of the nature of the test. Franck Monatgny concluded ...
The week's test session at Valencia came to a close today with Michelin teams undertaking a wet tyre programme on an artificially watered track. No constructive times were recorded in light of the nature of the test. Franck Monatgny concluded Renault's week and the team was happy with the results of the tyre evaluations.
Toyota had both test drivers on duty at Valencia this week, Ricardo Zonta and Ryan Briscoe running a TF103 chassis each. The pair managed fairly consistent running over the three days, despite the poor weather conditions on Wednesday and Thursday. Zonta worked on tyres for Malaysia and Briscoe on tyres for the San Marino Grand Prix.
BAR had Anthony Davidson on track for four days in the '04 concept car. He worked on suspension and Honda engine development as well as tyres. In today's wet test Davidson aquaplaned off and damaged the chassis so the team decided to end its programme there and then.
"Apart from the final day we've had a very productive test," said chief test engineer Mark Ellis. "We've achieved all of our objectives and the car has been incredibly reliable. We've worked very hard with Michelin on tyre choices for future Grands Prix and have also done further reliability work with the latest engine package, achieving well in excess of a race weekend's mileage on a single engine."
"This morning's incident was unfortunate as we were looking forward to another positive wet test with our tyre partner Michelin but we are now looking forward to the next test at Paul Ricard in a fortnight."
Marc Gené carried out duties for Williams' on the first two days and Antonio Pizzonia took over for the last. The pair worked on traction control and suspension, as well as tyres, using the changeable conditions to prepare for Sepang.