Ralf takes his turn at top of test times

Ralf takes his turn at top of test times

Ralf Schumacher was the third Williams driver to top the times at Jerez this week, setting a best of 1:16.359 in the FW26: just one and a half tenths off the lap record set by McLaren's Pedro de al Rosa in the MP4-19 in December. Juan Pablo...

Ralf Schumacher was the third Williams driver to top the times at Jerez this week, setting a best of 1:16.359 in the FW26: just one and a half tenths off the lap record set by McLaren's Pedro de al Rosa in the MP4-19 in December. Juan Pablo Montoya set two consecutive days' best at the start of this test and Marc Gen? was top yesterday. Gen? was fifth today so Ralf's time is the best of the three all week.

Ralf Schumacher.
Photo by Sutton Motorsport Images.
"Ralf took over testing duties from Juan Pablo today and concentrated on mechanical set up of the FW26," said Williams chief operations engineer Sam Michael. "He recorded the fastest time of the test so far and seems happy with the new package. Marc continued to work with the FW25B, and spent the session completing long runs for endurance testing which he will continue tomorrow."

David Coulthard picked up the pace of the MP4-19 to be second fastest and teammate Kimi Raikkonen, also in a 19 chassis, was fourth. The McLaren drivers are having troubles with the seating in the new car, suffering some bruising due to the confines of the cockpit.

Neither driver has had a proper seat fitting for the 19 and have been using a modified seat from the MP4-18, but the new car is somewhat different in that respect from its predecessor. The team is hoping for improvement by rebuilding the drivers' seats; Raikkonen tried a modified one today but further improvement is needed.

Takuma Sato was third fastest for BAR and the team also had tester Anthony Davidson present, seventh on the time sheet. Felipe Massa was the leader of the two Ferrari test drivers, sixth, ahead of Luca Badoer in eighth. The pair concluded Ferrari's test, which focused mainly on tyres and some electronics.

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