Ferrari kept its position at the top of the times in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today, although this time Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello swapped places. Schumacher took the fastest time, a 1:15.465, and...
Ferrari kept its position at the top of the times in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona today, although this time Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello swapped places. Schumacher took the fastest time, a 1:15.465, and Barrichello, who was fastest yesterday, was just a couple of tenths behind. Bridgestone tyres were once more the focus of the test.
Olivier Panis took over from Cristiano da Matta at Toyota and was third quickest. The Frenchman covered 54 laps working on a technical programme and was happy with the performance of the TF103.
Sauber was fourth fastest with Nick Heidfeld continuing behind the wheel of the C22. The team continued aerodynamic tests but was somewhat hampered by the windy weather. Jacky Eeckelaert, Head of Vehicle Engineering, and Hedifeld were pleased with the reliability of the car although Heidfeld was annoyed by the gusty conditions.
Jarno Trulli and tester Allan McNish were fifth and eighth quickest respectively for Renault. Both experienced engine problems, red flagging the test more than once, but the work on set-up and tyres was productive according to technical director Mike Gascoyne.
The Williams duo of test driver Marc Gene and Juan Pablo Montoya were sixth and tenth and they concentrated on component testing. “It was the penultimate day of this Barcelona test and we had warmer temperatures overnight following yesterday’s frosty start," said test team manager Tim Newton.
"It remained an overcast day, yet clear and warm. Juan Pablo was running the new FW25 and we continued our evaluation of the new car. We are still learning about its characteristics. Marc was driving in an FW24 and completed tyre tests for Michelin. Tomorrow we will have the same driver line-up.”
Antonio Pizzonia continued for Jaguar, evaluating the Cosworth CR-5 engine and gearbox and running tyre tests. BAR was the other team on track, Jenson Button ninth fastest and Jacques Villeneuve rounding off the bottom of the times. There were a few red flags in the session, not only the Renaults -- Villeneuve, Pizzonia, Panis and Montoya all had gremlins that held the test up but nothing that appeared too drastic.