Davidson top on first day of Paul Ricard test

Teams returned to the test track on Wednesday March 23rd, with eight test drivers on duty at the Paul Ricard high tech facility in France. Anthony Davidson led the way for BAR with a fastest of 1:04.176 and the team also had Enrique Bernoldi at ...

Teams returned to the test track on Wednesday March 23rd, with eight test drivers on duty at the Paul Ricard high tech facility in France. Anthony Davidson led the way for BAR with a fastest of 1:04.176 and the team also had Enrique Bernoldi at work, eighth on the time sheet.

Davidson, in the 007 chassis, ran set up work and aerodynamic evaluations while Bernoldi focused on tyres in the '05 Concept Car. Jenson Button is due to join the test tomorrow.

Ricardo Zonta was second quickest for Toyota, just a couple of hundredths behind Davidson, while Olivier Panis was seventh for the Cologne based squad.

A pair of McLarens followed in third and fourth, Pedro de Rosa and Alex Wurz behind the wheel of the MP4-19B chassis. Both worked on tyres; de la Rosa focused on Imola while de la Rosa concentrated on the next race in Bahrain.

Renault had Heikki Kovalainen and Franck Montagny on track, fifth and sixth respectively. The duo worked on reliability and tyres on long runs and racked up nearly 300 laps between them. Tomorrow the programme will shift to set up.

At Mugello Ferrari continued development of the F2005. After Rubens Barrichello had his first taste of the new car yesterday, it was Michael Schumacher's turn to get behind the wheel for the first time today.

"What I can say after the first day of testing is that the F2005 seems to be a good step forward compared to what we had before," said the German after his day's work.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Enrique Bernoldi , Olivier Panis , Ricardo Zonta , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Ferrari , McLaren