The number of drivers at Jerez on March 11th was back down to seven, with just four teams at work on a damp track. Once again it was the test drivers on duty and Renault's Franck Montagny topped the times with a 1:18.216. Heikki Kovalainen was...
The number of drivers at Jerez on March 11th was back down to seven, with just four teams at work on a damp track. Once again it was the test drivers on duty and Renault's Franck Montagny topped the times with a 1:18.216. Heikki Kovalainen was also behind the wheel, fifth, and the pair carried out endurance and performance runs for tyre work to end Renault's week.
Chief test engineer Christian Silk said the tyre development had gone well. "We mainly looked at solutions for the coming races, and were once again pleased with the performance and promise of the Michelin tyres," he commented.
The BAR duo of Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi were second and third respectively, Davidson just over three tenths down on Montagny. The team's programme this week focused on tyres, aerodynamics and engine reliability.
"Anthony ran through an intensive aero programme supplying the engineers with valuable data," said test team manager Andrew Alsworth. "Enrique, driving the concept car, concentrated mainly on a Michelin test alongside further evaluation of the latest spec engine from Honda.
The Williams of Antonio Pizzonia was fourth and concluded the team's two-day test with set up and tyre work, traction control and practice starts.
"(Pizzonia) worked through a programme of cooling configurations for Malaysia, tyre testing for Bahrain, brake cooling improvements and various other electronic and systems tests," said technical director Sam Michael.
"Despite a wet track on the final morning of the test, we still managed to achieve the mileage and component testing we had orignally planned."
Ferrari was the final team on the time sheet, with Luca Badoer sixth and Marc Gen? seventh. Badoer wrapped up set up work in the F2005 while Gen? finished with tyre work for the Malaysian GP in the F2004M. Badoer will be back on track at Fiorano next week from Tuesday.
McLaren was due to be at work today but the team decided to cut short its test due to poor conditions this morning. Heavy rain overnight left the track wet and the Woking squad decided no productive work could be done. Toyota was also absent after its single day on track yesterday.