Button tops first day of Jerez test

Button tops first day of Jerez test

Testing resumed this week with a dozen drivers on track at Jerez in Spain, where BAR's Jenson Button finished top of the time sheet. Button set a best of 1:17.708 in the new 006 six chassis, just a tenth and a half ahead of Renault's Jarno Trulli.

Testing resumed this week with a dozen drivers on track at Jerez in Spain, where BAR's Jenson Button finished top of the time sheet. Button set a best of 1:17.708 in the new 006 six chassis, just a tenth and a half ahead of Renault's Jarno Trulli. BAR had Takuma Sato on duty as well, also driving an 006, and the Japanese was third fastest, a good start to the week for the team.

Jenson Button tests the new BAR 006.
Photo by LAT Photographic.
Trulli was behind the wheel of the new R24 and team test driver Franck Montagny was seventh quickest in the interim chassis. Trulli focused on suspension, Montagny on differential development and tyres.

Luca Badoer was the sole Ferrari at Jerez, fourth fastest, and worked on tyres and new components in the F2003-GA. The Ferrari came to a halt on track at one point with an unspecified problem. At Fiorano, Michael Schumacher took to the track in the F2004, also working on new components, and set a best of 57.113 over 34 laps.

Tester Alex Wurz was the best of the pair of McLarens on track in fifth, closely followed by David Coulthard. Both drivers used an MP4-19 chassis and appeared a little more on the pace than last week's rather lacklustre efforts, although Coulthard spent much of the day in the garage.

Christian Klien was eighth for Jaguar in the R5 and Sauber had both race drivers present, Giancarlo Fisichella ninth and Felipe Massa tenth. Massa rolled out the third new C23, working on set up, front wing and cooling configurations while Fisichella focused on tyres in the C23-02.

The final team on track was Jordan, Nick Heidfeld sharing an EJ14 with Italian try-out Giorgio Pantano. Heidfeld only had 20 laps, hampered by technical problems, while F3000 driver Pantano -- the latest to be linked with the remaining Jordan race seat -- familiarized himself with the car. Heidfeld was 11th and Pantano 12th.

Meanwhile, at Misano in Italy, Zsolt Baumgartner put the new Minardi PS04B through its paces. Baumgartner covered 64 laps and set a best time of 1:11.080 on the 4km circuit -- 2.5 seconds faster than the last time the team visited Misano in 2002. The Hungarian worked on aerodynamics and tyres and teammate Gianmaria Bruni will take over tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Luca Badoer , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Gianmaria Bruni , Giorgio Pantano , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Zsolt Baumgartner , Christian Klien
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Minardi , Jordan