Schumacher tops first day of testing

Schumacher tops first day of testing

After the summer ban, testing resumed today at Monza with 18 drivers representing all ten teams. Fresh from claiming the 2004 drivers' title -- and definitely not retiring -- Michael Schumacher topped the times at the Italian circuit. His best of...

After the summer ban, testing resumed today at Monza with 18 drivers representing all ten teams. Fresh from claiming the 2004 drivers' title -- and definitely not retiring -- Michael Schumacher topped the times at the Italian circuit. His best of 1:20.202 [*] was just four hundredths quicker than teammate Rubens Barrichello.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

The Ferrari pair worked on set up for the Italian Grand Prix and aerodynamics. Team test driver Luca Badoer was in action at Fiorano to carry out tyre testing. He set a best of 57.340 and completed 137 laps. All three drivers continue at their respective circuits tomorrow.

Next on the time sheet at Monza was the BAR duo of tester Anthony Davidson and race driver Takuma Sato, third and fourth respectively. Sato had a gearbox change in the afternoon but he completed a tyre programme, while Davidson worked on aerodynamics.

Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth fastest and Antonio Pizzonia, who will again stand in for Ralf Schumacher at the Italian GP, was ninth on the list. Montoya worked on tyre compounds and Pizzonia on aerodynamic components, brakes and rear tyre constructions.

Renault had both race drivers present, Fernando Alonso sixth fastest and Jarno Trulli 12th. Despite minor delays in the morning due to electronic gremlins, the programme focused on set up, brakes and tyres. The team also worked on solutions for the oil leak that put Alonso out of the Belgian GP.

Christian Klien was the better of the two Jaguars on track in seventh fastest, while teammate Mark Webber was 14th. McLaren had David Coulthard and test driver Alex Wurz on duty, eighth and 13th respectively.

Giancarlo Fisichella was the sole Sauber present and was 10th quickest. The Italian worked on tyres and brakes while preparing set up for the next race. Fisichella will continue tomorrow and Felipe Massa will take over on Friday.

Toyota was represented by Olivier Panis, 11th, and team test driver Ryan Briscoe, 15th, while Jordan's Giorgio Pantano was 16th. Jordan tester Timo Glock is scheduled to drive tomorrow and Nick Heidfeld on Friday.

Minardi's Gianmaria Bruni and test driver Bas Leinders rounded off today's times in 17th and 18th respectively. The duo shared one chassis, with Leinders working on aerodynamics in the morning and Bruni running tyre evaluations and brake tests in the afternoon.

[*] Note: Time as given by Ferrari. All drivers' positions on the time sheet are based on times provided by their respective teams, where possible.

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