The Paul Ricard hi-tech test facility in France is the track of choice for most of the teams this week, with 11 drivers at work on April 13th. McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa led the way with a 1:03.481 and his fellow team test driver Alex Wurz...
The Paul Ricard hi-tech test facility in France is the track of choice for most of the teams this week, with 11 drivers at work on April 13th. McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa led the way with a 1:03.481 and his fellow team test driver Alex Wurz was eighth on the time sheet.
Tyres were the focus for the McLaren pair: "Today was a trouble free day and I completed over twice a grand prix distance which myself and the team were particularly pleased with," said de la Rosa.
Giancarlo Fisichella headed the pair of Renaults in second quickest, a few tenths behind de la Rosa, and tester Franck Montgany was third. Set up and development work was the schedule for the day, although Montagny suffered a mechanical problem that hampered his running slightly.
Toyota had both its test drivers at work, Olivier Panis fourth and Ricardo Zonta sixth, while BAR counterpart Enrique Bernoldi split the two in fifth. Takuma Sato was also on duty for BAR and was seventh.
Sato worked on aerodynamics and tyres while Bernoldi also focused on tyres and set a team record for the most number of laps in one day, 182. Jenson Button will take over from Bernoldi tomorrow.
Williams' tester Antonio Pizzonia clocked ninth overall and Nick Heidfeld was one behind in 10th. "A straightforward day during which we completed our planned programme, focusing mainly on tyre and set-up work," said test team manager Tim Newton. Narain Karthikeyan was the sole Jordan present and rounded off the times in 11th.
Meanwhile, Ferrari continued its dual tests at Fiorano and Mugello. Rubens Barrichello carried out tyre work in the F2005 at Fiorano and completed 180 laps with a quickest time of 57.904. Michael Schumacher and tester Luca Badoer also worked on tyres at Mugello and Schumacher clocked 1:21.534 for the better of the pair.