With only 4 more tests remaining until the end of the season, the Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda test team are back in Mugello, Italy, for a comprehensive 3-day test prior to the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend. Meanwhile in Vairano, test...
With only 4 more tests remaining until the end of the season, the Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda test team are back in Mugello, Italy, for a comprehensive 3-day test prior to the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend. Meanwhile in Vairano, test driver Anthony Davidson has joined the team for the first time, participating in a three-day straight-line test.
For the first time in a while, it's a two-car team that have headed to Mugello, with test driver Takuma Sato joined by both Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis at the track. Wednesday and Thursday morning saw both Takuma and Jacques testing for the team, while on Thursday afternoon Olivier Panis joined Jacques for the afternoon session. A third and final day tomorrow will see Takuma back in the car, this time alongside Olivier, as Jacques heads home.
Over the past two days the focus has been on both set-up and development work. Jacques' two-day test has concentrated on preparatory work for the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix, with emphasis on both tyres and dampers as well as the overall balance of the car.
Yesterday saw the Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda driver post an overall fastest time of 01.26.1, the fastest of the day being set by Barrichello with a 01.24.4. In a continuation of the programme he began yesterday, his fastest lap time today (Thursday) was 1.26.33, with the overall fastest being a 1.24.90 from Michael Schumacher.
Jock Clear, Senior Race Engineer for Jacques Villeneuve, has been pleased with the progress made over the past two days: "It's been a productive two days, generally concentrating on set-up work for Spa. Jacques is happy with the balance of the car and so we're optimistic for next weekend."
For Test Driver Takuma Sato, the focus has also been on both set-up and development work. On day one Takuma's fastest time was a 01.27.9, while at the end of this morning's session, his quickest lap time was 01.27.737. Olivier Panis took to the car after lunch today prior to a full day of testing tomorrow. A productive few hours saw him post a fastest time of 1.26.11.
Summing up a busy two days, Chief Engineer Steven Farrell said: "During this test our programme has been both short and long term. We 're been looking at set-ups for the remaining Grands Prix but we're also starting to introduce some developments for next season. That's been Takuma's main objective over this test. We've been pleased with our work here so far and are optimistic for Spa. Obviously our aim is to secure some more vital points before the end of the season -- fourth place in the constructor's championship now being a realistic target for us."