Schumacher tops last day of testing

Schumacher tops last day of testing

The last day of testing at Jerez in Spain this week saw Michael Schumacher take the top of the time sheet, the Ferrari setting a best of 1:17.383 over 107 laps. The German worked on aerodynamics, set up and tyres. At Monza Ferrari test driver Luca...

The last day of testing at Jerez in Spain this week saw Michael Schumacher take the top of the time sheet, the Ferrari setting a best of 1:17.383 over 107 laps. The German worked on aerodynamics, set up and tyres. At Monza Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer clocked 1:22.011 from 106 laps, his programme focusing on tyres and components.

Michael Schumacher.
Photo by Bridgestone Corporation.

Williams tester Antonio Pizzonia was second quickest at Jerez and will get his race chance at Hockenheim next weekend. Fellow team tester Marc Gen? was fifth quickest as the pair wound up Williams' work on tyres and set up.

"In readiness for the next races at Hungary, Budapest and Spa, between which we won't have an opportunity to test, the drivers covered some considerable mileage testing various Michelin compounds," said Williams test team manager Tim Newton. "Despite some minor problems on Friday, the team has achieved its objectives so we should be set up well for Germany."

The BAR pair of Takuma Sato and tester Anthony Davidson were third and fourth on the time sheet respectively. Ricardo Zonta was the only Toyota present on the last day, the team test driver clocking sixth fastest. The team also had Ryan Briscoe at work in France this week, at Paul Ricard, working on software, brakes and engine.

Mark Webber was the better of the pair of Jaguar racers on track at Jerez, seventh fastest, and teammate Christian Klien was 10th. Heikki Kovalainen was back behind the wheel for Renault, eighth, and the team's official test driver Franck Montagny rounded off the times in 12th.

"Heikki settled well once again, and his lap-times were both competitive and consistent," said Renault's chief test engineer Christian Silk. "We took the step of increasing his programme, and obtained very good results. Our development work this week has proved extremely positive, and Heikki has acquitted himself very well on his first major test with the team."

The McLaren test driver duo of Alex Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa were ninth and eleventh respectively to complete the time sheet.

Jordan concluded a three day test at Silverstone in the UK, Nick Heidfeld and Giorgio Pantano doing the driving. "We've been looking at some new suspension, testing for three days with the race drivers," said head of race and test engineering James Robinson.

"It's been good timing, following on from the Grand Prix, as we could pick up from where we left off and were able to continue the work relatively smoothly. Rain interrupted play for about half a day but we were still able to do a lot of pretty trouble-free miles."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Nick Heidfeld , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Ryan Briscoe , Heikki Kovalainen , Christian Klien , James Robinson
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams , Jordan