Pizzonia fastest at Jerez

Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia was top of the time sheet at Jerez today, where once again it was a busy session. 13 drivers from seven teams took to the test track and Pizzonia's best was 1:17.388. Fellow team tester Marc Gené was also in...

Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia was top of the time sheet at Jerez today, where once again it was a busy session. 13 drivers from seven teams took to the test track and Pizzonia's best was 1:17.388. Fellow team tester Marc Gené was also in action, eighth fastest, and the pair worked on set up and tyres.

BAR's Jenson Button was second quickest, just nine hundredths behind Pizzonia, and teammate Takuma Sato was sixth. Team test driver Anthony Davidson was also present but only put in a couple of laps in the new 06 chassis and did not set a time. Despite his fast time in the morning, Button suffered gearbox problems that cut his day short. Sato also had gearbox problems but managed a tyre programme in the afternoon.

Michael Schumacher took over for Ferrari and was third fastest, working on set up, tyres and new components. Luca Badoer continued for the Scuderia at Monza, setting a best of 1:22.040 over 70 laps while focusing on a tyre programme.

Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta was fourth on the time sheet at Jerez and Olivier Panis 10th. Fernando Alonso was the quicker of the two Renaults on track, fifth, and test driver Franck Montagny was seventh. Work concentrated on tyres and engine development and the pair completed over 220 laps between them.

Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz continued McLaren's test in the MP4-19 chassis and were ninth and 13th respectively. Jaguar had both its race drivers on duty, Christian Klien 11th and Mark Webber 12th.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Olivier Panis , Ricardo Zonta , Franck Montagny , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Christian Klien
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams