Zonta heads Jerez test times

Zonta heads Jerez test times

Testing continued at Jerez de la Frontera on March 10th and it was a little busier, with 10 drivers from six teams on track. The test drivers continued the work with the exception of Toyota's Ralf Schumacher. Fellow Toyota driver Ricardo Zonta ...

Testing continued at Jerez de la Frontera on March 10th and it was a little busier, with 10 drivers from six teams on track. The test drivers continued the work with the exception of Toyota's Ralf Schumacher. Fellow Toyota driver Ricardo Zonta clocked the best of the day, 1:15.711, while Schumacher was fourth on the time sheet.

Ricardo Zonta and Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by Toyota Racing.

Alex Wurz remained the sole McLaren at work and was second fastest, six tenths down on Zonta. The Spaniard worked in the MP4-19B as the MP4-20s are en route to Malaysia. After an engine failure yesterday Wurz had an untroubled second day and totalled 150 laps, the most of the day by a single driver.

Franck Montagny was third quickest for Renault and the team also had Finnish youngster Heikki Kovalainen on duty, ninth overall. The pair worked on tyre evaluation. "Both drivers completed their programmes, and gained positive results which we will pursue tomorrow," said chief test engineer Christian Silk.

Luca Badoer led the two Ferraris on track in fifth and fellow tester Marc Gen? rounded off the times in 10th. Badoer worked on development of the F2005, while Gen? focused on tyre development in the F2004M. Both drivers will continue tomorrow.

Antonio Pizzonia was sixth for Williams. "Our main focus today was evaluating our cooling specification for the particular conditions expected in Malaysia the weekend after next, as well as looking at braking set-up in preparation for Bahrain and Imola, which are demanding braking tracks, and finally, testing tyre compounds," said test team manager Tim Newton.

BAR was the other team at work. Testers Enrique Bernoldi and Anthony Davidson were sixth and seventh respectively and racked up over 240 laps between them. The team continued with aerodynamic evaluations and tyre work.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , Luca Badoer , Ricardo Zonta , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Toyota Racing