Gene still ahead Monza test 2003-06-04

Testing was again focused at Monza today, with nine drivers from six teams on track. Marc Gené topped the times for the second day in a row[*] with a 1:22.632 and Ralf Schumacher continued at Silverstone where he was second fastest. Test team...

Testing was again focused at Monza today, with nine drivers from six teams on track. Marc Gené topped the times for the second day in a row[*] with a 1:22.632 and Ralf Schumacher continued at Silverstone where he was second fastest.

Test team manager Tim Newton (Monza): "We had another succesful day at Monza today with Marc completing 78 laps in the FW25. As with the test running at Silverstone, our primary focus was establishing optimum set-up options for the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix whilst also concentrating on engine work and tyre performance.

Chief operations engineer Sam Michael (Silverstone): "Once again, intermittent showers hampered the testing schedule but Ralf managed to complete 60 laps. We continued with yesterday's programme of mechanical set up work, which included engine reliability running and tyre testing for Michelin and we are fairly happy with the progress made."

BAR had three drivers on duty, testers Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato second and eighth respectively and Jacques Villeneuve rounded off the times. The team decided Jenson Button would not take part in testing this week in order to be fully rested for Canada after his crash in Monaco. Unfortunately, Villeneuve will not continue tomorrow due to a back problem.

Ferrari was third and fourth fastest, Rubens Barrichello in the F2003-GA and tester Felipe Massa with an F2002 chassis. Barrichello gave the new car its debut test at the circuit, working with an aerodynamic package for Canada, while Massa continued with a Bridgestone tyre programme.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen set the fifth time, the Sauber driver running different wing configurations for Canada and tyre evaluations for the European Grand Prix. Toyota continued its dual test sessions; Oliver Panis, at Monza, was sixth fastest and ran a new engine and tyre tests. Cristiano da Matta set the best time at Silverstone, 1:22.397, and worked on tyres and set-up.

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa was seventh at Monza while Kimi Raikkonen had his first test of the MP4-18 at Barcelona. "I really enjoyed my first test of the MP4-18 today and the car feels good," said the Finn. "We managed to do a number of laps and obviously I'm learning about the car all the time. Every time I went out it got better and better and I look forward to continuing the work tomorrow."

Jordan was the other team on track at Silverstone, where the weather continued to be unsettled. Ralph Firman suffered an as yet unknown problem that curtailed his running to 21 laps and Giancarlo Fisichella was the last of the four drivers on the time sheet. Renault was due to test at the UK circuit as well but decided to cancel today's session due to the weather.

[*] Editors note: Williams has Barrichello fastest on its time sheet but according to Ferrari's test report, his time was slower than Gené and Davidson. As usual, nobody can agree on anything!

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Jacques Villeneuve , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Felipe Massa , Ralph Firman
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Jordan