News from the teams prior to the Belgian Grand Prix SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: SHAKEDOWN AT MUGELLO- (1st-157 points in Constructors' championship.) The routine pre-Belgian Grand Prix shakedown for Ferrari will take place at Mugello rather...
News from the teams prior to the Belgian Grand Prix
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: SHAKEDOWN AT MUGELLO- (1st-157 points in Constructors' championship.)
The routine pre-Belgian Grand Prix shakedown for Ferrari will take place at Mugello rather than Fiorano as the Ferrari factory test track is currently undergoing a programme of resurfacing which will probably take until the end of next week. Luca Badoer will run the cars at Mugello instead with the same chassis available in Spa as were on hand in Hungary; 221 for Michael Schumacher, 220 for Rubens Barrichello, 219 as the spare car and 222 as the spare chassis. The team is currently working in the factory on the wind tunnel model of the 2003 Formula One car and it is expected that the next year's spec V10 engine will be ready to run on the test bed early in September.
BMW WILLIAMSF1 TEAM: NO SHAKEDOWN - (2nd-8 points)
The BMW WilliamsF1 team is flat-out working at its Grove headquarters preparing the three FW24s for the Belgian Grand Prix and also getting ready for a major test at Monza during the week following the Spa race. Work is also proceeding on preliminary areas of the 2003 car.
WEST McLAREN MERCEDES: PREPARING FOR SPA - (3rd-54 points)
The McLaren-Mercedes squad is back at its Woking, England, base this week working on preparation of the three MP4/17s which will contest the Belgian Grand Prix on 1 September. The team is expected to test at Monza and Silverstone during the week following the Spa race. A revised rear end/gearbox set-up is expected to be given its final assessment at Silverstone prior to a debut race before the end of the season. McLaren also last week announced a series of new appointments. Neil Oatley will become Executive Director of Engineering while Mike Coughlan is to join as chief designer and John Sutton as Principal Designer.
MILD SEVEN RENAULT F1 TEAM: UPBEAT FOR BELGIUM- (4th-15 points)
Oliver Gavin will be carrying out a brief shakedown on the Stowe circuit at Silverstone today (Friday) concentrating on launch control and traction control development programmes while the team prepares for the Belgian Grand Prix. Technical director Mike Gascoyne believes that the Renault R202 will be a strong contender at Spa, particularly in practice and qualifying. "It was our best race last year and we usually go well in medium-to-low down-force configuration," he said.
SAUBER PETRONAS: READY FOR SPA - (5th-11 points)
The Sauber-Petronas team is concentrating on technical work at the factory in preparation for its Belgian Grand Prix challenge.
DHL JORDAN HONDA: SATO SHAKEDOWN - (6th-7 points)
The Jordan-Honda team will complete a 50km shakedown on the Silverstone national circuit next Tuesday with Takuma Sato at the wheel of the EJ-12. Meanwhile the factory design team is proceeding with the layout of next year's car around the 75-degree Cosworth V10 engine which the team will be using in 2003.
LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA: VILLENEUVE READY - (7th-5 points)
Jacques Villeneuve will take part in a one-day, 50km shakedown with the BAR-Honda team next Tuesday assessing some new components which are scheduled to be used in the Belgian Grand Prix. The team will test from 3-6 September at Monza with Villeneuve, Panis and Anthony Davidson in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix. BAR will be incorporating some minor aero developments into the BAR 004 specification for Spa including a revised front wing and floor which was debuted at the Hungaroring.
JAGUAR RACING: BRIEF TEST AT SILVERSTONE - (8th-3 points)
The Jaguar F1 team took part in a 50km shakedown at Silverstone yesterday (Thursday) where Eddie Irvine was on hand to assess a revised front suspension package which should be fitted to the cars for the Belgian Grand Prix. The team's next full test will take place at Monza for two and a half days during the week following the Belgian race.
KL MINARDI ASIATECH: SEAT FITTING FOR DAVIDSON - (9th-2 points)
Following his F1 debut in the Hungarian Grand Prix, Anthony Davidson has spent three days down at the Minardi headquarters in Faenza having a completely new seat made for him in preparation for the Belgian Grand Prix. "He was just a little too low in the cockpit in Hungary," said a team spokesman, "and all this work is aimed at making him totally comfortable at Spa." The team is looking forward to an intensive test at Monza immediately following the Belgian Grand Prix at which Alex Yoong will be back behind the wheel again.
PANASONIC RACING TOYOTA: BRISCOE SCHEDULED FOR SHAKEDOWN - (10th-2 points)
Ryan Briscoe will carry out a 50km pre-Belgian Grand Prix shakedown on the Nurburgring short circuit on 26 August and this is the only pre-Spa preparation the team is intending to carry out.
ORANGE ARROWS: NO DECISION ABOUT PLANS - (11th-2 points)
There is no official announcement yet as to the future plans of the Orange Arrows team after it missed the recent Hungarian Grand Prix at Budapest. A spokesman this week commented; "We have nothing more to add to our statement last week" which referred to ongoing talks at high level designed to secure the future of the team. A further payment to Cosworth Racing is due next Wednesday if the team is intending to compete in Belgium.