It was the turn of BAR and Ferrari to take over the top of the test times on Thursday, as work continued ahead of the next two back-to-back races. At Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer set a best of 1:14.883 and ...
It was the turn of BAR and Ferrari to take over the top of the test times on Thursday, as work continued ahead of the next two back-to-back races. At Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer set a best of 1:14.883 and Michael Schumacher was third quickest. The pair focused on tyres and development work.
Renault's Fernando Alonso was second fastest, three tenths down on Badoer, and team test driver Franck Montagny was sixth of the eight drivers on track. Alonso worked on suspension, set up and tyres, while Montagny carried out a ride programme.
Mark Webber headed a trio of Jaguars, fourth on the time sheet, and put in the most laps of the day, 122. Christian Klien was also on duty, and clocked seventh quickest, but an accident in the garage, when he cut his finger quite deeply on a cooling fan, caused him to curtail his test week. Tester Bj?rn Wirdheim was eighth and set up and tyres were the work programme.
Felipe Massa took over from Giancarlo Fisichella for Sauber and was fifth fastest. The Brazilian worked on tyres and had a routine engine change in the afternoon.
At Jerez it was BAR's Takuma Sato at the top of the time sheet, 1:17.443 for the Japanese. Teammate Jenson Button replaced test driver Anthony Davidson and was fourth fastest. The pair worked on tyres but transmission problems in the afternoon prevented much further running.
Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard took over from the test drivers at McLaren and were second and fifth respectively, continuing development work on the MP4-19B.
Test driver Marc Gen? was the faster of the pair of Williams on track, third, and Antonio Pizzonia was sixth. Gen? focused on tyres for the French Grand Prix and Pizzonia on traction control. Toyota rounded off the times at Jerez, Cristiano da Matta seventh and tester Ryan Briscoe eighth.