January 27th was the last scheduled day of testing at Barcelona but poor weather conditions meant the teams decided to pack up and leave without any conclusive track time. Low temperatures most mornings this week meant running was delayed but on...
January 27th was the last scheduled day of testing at Barcelona but poor weather conditions meant the teams decided to pack up and leave without any conclusive track time. Low temperatures most mornings this week meant running was delayed but on Friday sleet, snow and near freezing temperatures put paid to any work.
It was a busy week for new cars at the Circuit de Catatlunya; McLaren debuted the MP4-21 on Monday with test driver Pedro de la Rosa behind the wheel. Juan Pablo Montoya took over on Tuesday and Wednesday and Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday. The Finn was due to drive again today but instead will resume next week at Valencia.
Ferrari launched the 248 F1 at Mugello on Tuesday but due to a poor weather forecast at that track the team shifted its focus to Barcelona. Michael Schumacher was eighth fastest overall on Thursday in the new car, while teammate Felipe Massa topped the test times twice this week in the F2004 fitted with the V8 engine.
Honda presented the RA106 at Barcelona on Wednesday with two chassis on track for Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. The pair completed over 120 laps between them on the first day and technical director Geoff Willis described it as a very encouraging start. Barrichello was second quickest on Thursday, four tenths off fastest man Massa.
Also at work this week was Renault, with Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella piloting the R26, which will be presented in Monaco next week. BMW Sauber started on Monday with Jacques Villeneuve in the F1.06 and Nick Heidfeld in the Sauber C24B. Heidfeld took over the new car on Wednesday and tester Robert Kubica tried out the interim chassis for the first time.
Toyota was at work from Wednesday with Jarno Trulli, Ralf Schumacher and test driver Olivier Panis present over two days. Red Bull fielded tester Robert Doornbos on Tuesday and David Coulthard then had two days work -- Christian Klien was due to take over today but had to miss out. Toro Rosso had Scott Speed and Tonio Liuzzi on duty for a day each on Wednesday and Thursday.