Heinz-Harald Frentzen set the fastest time in the test session at Valencia today, the Arrows driver clocking a 1:12.505 in the morning session. In the afternoon he handed over to F3000 driver Sebastien Bourdais who is rumoured to be taken on by...
Heinz-Harald Frentzen set the fastest time in the test session at Valencia today, the Arrows driver clocking a 1:12.505 in the morning session. In the afternoon he handed over to F3000 driver Sebastien Bourdais who is rumoured to be taken on by the team as official test driver. Bourdais completed 25 laps and was the slowest of those on track.
Giancarlo Fisichella was second fastest for Jordan, the Italian completing a short two day test for the Silverstone based team. Renault test driver Fernando Alonso was third quickest and tested a new engine specification as well as rounding off a development program on next year's car.
Felipe Massa took over from Nick Heidfeld for Sauber and covered a huge 104 laps of the circuit, setting the fourth fastest time. The young Brazilian had a busy day, working on aerodynamics, brakes, traction control and Bridgestone tyres. Williams tester Marc Gene, however, racked up the most mileage of the day and completed 106 laps and was fifth fastest.
In Monza, Williams tester Antonio Pizzonia set the top time, a 1:24.08 over 60 laps, while BAR's Olivier Panis was second fastest. BAR test driver Anthony Davidson set the fourth quickest time. Jaguar had two cars in action and while Pedro de la Rosa was third, tester James Courtney had a huge crash at Ascari when the rear suspension went on the older version R3 -- luckily he was unhurt but suffered mild concussion.
Mika Salo and tester Ryan Briscoe were on track for Toyota, fifth and sixth respectively. Salo worked on cooling systems and mechanical and general set-up while Briscoe, recently pulled off the F3000 series to do more F1 testing, concentrated on data findings. The Australian will compete in German F3 for the remainder of the season.
Ferrari continued at Mugello with Luca Badoer working on tyres and aerodynamics and at Fiorano with Luciano Burti, also working on tyre development. Badoer and Michael Schumacher will take over at Fiorano tomorrow.