Last day of Paul Ricard rained off

The week's testing at Paul Ricard came to early close on Friday due to bad weather conditions. Heavy rain and strong winds meant few drivers ventured out for any meaningful track action; McLaren and Toyota packed up early and while Renault,...

The week's testing at Paul Ricard came to early close on Friday due to bad weather conditions. Heavy rain and strong winds meant few drivers ventured out for any meaningful track action; McLaren and Toyota packed up early and while Renault, Williams and BAR loitered in the hope of improved conditions, they day was a washout.

Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia set one of only two times of the day, 1:21.358, and managed a meagre nine laps, while Juan Pablo Montoya didn't set a time. The pair worked on traction control and practiced starts: "Strong wind and driving rain forced us to abandon running this afternoon," said chief operations engineer Sam Michael.

Olivier Panis and tester Ryan Briscoe completed Toyota's four-day test, which focused on distance runs, tyres, aerodynamics and engines. Briscoe clocked the other time after Pizzonia, 1:27.863.

"On Friday we were planning to test some new aerodynamic parts but the wind was gusting up to 65 knots," explained Panis. "It can be dangerous to drive here in such conditions so it became impossible to do any meaningful work."

Toyota also tested at Estoril this week, Ricardo Zonta spending two days at the Portuguese circuit. The Brazilian's programme was wet tyre tests in preparation for the San Marino Grand Prix.

Ferrari finished up at Fiorano in wet conditions with Michael Schumacher behind the wheel. The German worked on tyres and completed 35 laps with a best time of 1:00.860.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams