Sato takes over at Paul Ricard

Sato takes over at Paul Ricard

Testing at Paul Ricard switched to the '2D' shorter layout today as teams put in some work for the Monaco Grand Prix. Weather conditions were slightly improved, some sunshine in between the rain. Nine drivers from six teams took part and BAR's ...

Testing at Paul Ricard switched to the '2D' shorter layout today as teams put in some work for the Monaco Grand Prix. Weather conditions were slightly improved, some sunshine in between the rain. Nine drivers from six teams took part and BAR's Takuma Sato topped the times with a 1:10.830 from 107 laps, the most of the day.

Takuma Sato.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard took over from the McLaren test drivers and were second and fourth fastest respectively. Renault tester Franck Montagny was third on the time sheet and worked on set up and electronics development. He also completed one tyre programme in the morning and started a second in the afternoon but it was curtailed by rain.

Juan Pablo Montoya joined Williams tester Marc Gen?, the Colombian fifth fastest and Gen? seventh. Toyota had race drivers Cristiano da Matta and Olivier Panis on duty, the pair sixth and eighth respectively and Jordan's Giorgio Pantano rounded off the times. Pantano worked on set up for Monaco and test driver Timo Glock will finish the test tomorrow.

Giancarlo Fisichella took over from Felipe Massa at Silverstone to conclude Sauber's solitary test week. The Italian assessed new front wing configurations and worked on tyres for Canada and Indianapolis as well as set up for Monaco and Europe. His best time was 1:18.382 from 108 laps.

Rubens Barrichello was on track at Mugello, and Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher continued at Fiorano. Both worked on tyres and new components: Schumacher's best was 56.432 from 108 laps, ten on the short track, and Barrichello clocked a fastest of 1:19.737 over 76 laps, 14 being completed on the shorter course.

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