Button fastest at Paul Ricard

Button fastest at Paul Ricard

Poor weather conditions at Paul Ricard meant much of today's running was done in the wet. The '1C' circuit layout was again used in simulation for the European and Canadian Grands Prix, while tomorrow a shorter configuration, '2D', will be...

Poor weather conditions at Paul Ricard meant much of today's running was done in the wet. The '1C' circuit layout was again used in simulation for the European and Canadian Grands Prix, while tomorrow a shorter configuration, '2D', will be employed in preparation for Monaco. Nine drivers from six teams took part in the day's work and BAR's Jenson Button was fastest, 1:32.954 from 72 laps.

Jenson Button.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

The Williams test driver duo of Antonio Pizzonia and Marc Gen? continued for the second day, second and seventh fastest respectively. Both worked on brakes, tyres and aerodynamics in preparation for Monaco and Canada. Juan Pablo Montoya joins tomorrow.

While some of the team hobnobbed with royalty at the opening of the Technology Centre at Woking in the UK, the McLaren test team was hard at work. Alex Wurz was third quickest and yesterday's fastest man Pedro de la Rosa was sixth. The pair focused on engine development.

Toyota continued with Oliver Panis, fourth, and Ricardo Zonta, eighth, while Nick Heidfeld rounded off the times behind the wheel of the sole Jordan. Heidfeld went off track and damaged the car but he was fine and the team hopes be able to continue tomorrow with a tyre programme.

In Italy Ferrari didn't escape the rain either, Michael Schumacher at Fiorano and Luca Badoer at Mugello both having showers. Schumacher continued with work on tyres for Monaco and set a best of 56.466 from 57 laps, seven on the short track. Badoer carried on with development work with a quickest of 1:19.457 from 69 laps, 18 of which were on the short course.

Sauber's Felipe Massa was once again testing solo at Silverstone and had the best weather of the lot in the sunny UK. The Brazilian worked on set up, brakes and tyres and his fastest time of the day was 1:19.980 from 71 laps. Giancarlo Fisichella takes over tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jenson Button , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Nick Heidfeld , Ricardo Zonta , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Jordan