Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen were at the top of the time sheets at the end of testing today, at Jerez and Silverstone respectively. Jerez was where most of the action was to be found, with 13 drivers from seven teams...
Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen were at the top of the time sheets at the end of testing today, at Jerez and Silverstone respectively. Jerez was where most of the action was to be found, with 13 drivers from seven teams in action, while five drivers from two teams were working at Silverstone.
Barrichello's best in Jerez was 1:17.568, the Brazilian continuing with tyre and new components testing. At Monza Ferrari tester Luca Badoer carried on with his solitary programme, setting a best of 1:21.603 over 123 laps. Michael Schumacher takes over at Jerez tomorrow.
The BAR pair of Jenson Button and test driver Anthony Davidson were second and third quickest at Jerez, Button three and a half tenths behind Barrichello and Davidson a tenth down on his teammate. Button ran new mechanical parts and tested tyres but Davidson's aerodynamics programme was hampered by engine and gearbox troubles. Anthony also shookdown the new 06 chassis.
Renault had tester Franck Montagny and Renault Development Driver Heikki Kovalainen, who races in the Nissan World Series, on duty. Montagny was fourth fastest, working on tyres and a ride programme, while Kovalainen familiarised himself with the car for his first full test with the team. The Finn rounded off the times after conducting some set up work.
Williams also had its testers behind the wheel, Antonio Pizzonia fifth on the time sheet and Marc Gen? tenth. Both worked on chassis, set up and tyres for the forthcoming German, Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix.
McLaren test drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz were sixth and eighth, in the 'old' MP4-19, while Toyota had tester Ricardo Zonta seventh and Cristiano da Matta 11th. Da Matta put the revised TF104B through its paces, which is due to debut at Hockenheim. Jaguar's Christian Klien clocked ninth fastest and team test driver Bj?rm Wirdheim was 12th.
At Silverstone Raikkonen's best of the day was 1:18.105 and teammate David Coulthard was second quickest, nearly eight tenths tenths down. Jordan race drivers Giorgio Pantano and Nick Heidfeld were third and fourth respectively in the UK. The other Jordan on track was driven by Israeli Chanoch Nissany, who was 18 seconds slower than Raikkonen. Nissany, who turns 41 in a couple of weeks, is a test driver for Coloni Motorsport.