Badoer and Montagny lead wet test day

Badoer and Montagny lead wet test day

Poor weather continued for those on track in Spain today, a total of seventeen drivers from seven teams out for the third day of testing this week. Ferrari led the way at Jerez, where the team had three F2003-GA chassis in action. Test drivers...

Poor weather continued for those on track in Spain today, a total of seventeen drivers from seven teams out for the third day of testing this week. Ferrari led the way at Jerez, where the team had three F2003-GA chassis in action. Test drivers Luca Badoer, Felipe Massa and Luciano Burto were first, second and fourth fastest respectively. Badoer's best time was 1:25.439 and all three test drivers focused on tyres and electronics.

Nick Heidfeld.
Photo by Jordan Grand Prix.
Third on the time sheet was Nick Heidfeld, who continued testing the Jordan EJ13, and the team also had Jarek Janis on duty again, the Czech ninth quickest. The BAR duo of Jenson Button and Takuma Sato were fifth and eighth respectively and Williams fielded four cars on the last day of its test programme.

Team test driver Marc Gen? was the best of the quartet in sixth, with Ralf Schumacher less than a tenth behind in seventh. Junior try-outs Nelson Piquet Junior and Nico Rosberg were tenth and eleventh to round off the times. Work for the senior pair focused on the new BMW P84 engine, the FW26 gearbox, tyres and various electronic and system reliability tests.

At Barcelona Franck Montagny, who was fastest on Tuesday, returned to the top of times, 1:16.296 for the Renault test driver. The Frenchman worked on suspension development for the R24 and tyres. The team also had Heikki Kovalainen -- who was runner up to Gabord teammate Montagny's title win in Formula Nissan this year -- on track again and the Finn was seventh fastest.

McLaren took the second and third slots on the time sheet, test driver Alex Wurz in the MP4-17D ahead of David Coulthard in the MP4-19. Toyota continued with testers Ricardo Zonta and Ryan Briscoe, fourth and fifth respectively and Jaguar was the other team present. New signing Christian Klien was sixth and Mark Webber rounded off the times in eighth.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Luca Badoer , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Ricardo Zonta , Franck Montagny , Felipe Massa , Ryan Briscoe , Nico Rosberg , Christian Klien , Jarek Janis
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Jordan