The world of Formula One descended onto Silverstone on Tuesday for three days of tyre testing in preparation for next month's British Grand Prix. All teams except Minardi are present for this test and the first day was an opportunity for most...
The world of Formula One descended onto Silverstone on Tuesday for three days of tyre testing in preparation for next month's British Grand Prix. All teams except Minardi are present for this test and the first day was an opportunity for most teams to run their test drivers. Changeable weather conditions on the damp track provided the drivers with a significant challenge.
Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer made his annual appearance at Silverstone. He underlined his reputation for being fast straight out of the box and was pushing very hard right from his early laps, using parts of the track that other drivers did not dare go near. During the morning the team ran aerodynamic sensors on the airbox of the car.
McLaren tested with race driver Kimi Raikkonen and test driver Alexander Wurz. Raikkonen suffered an engine failure in the afternoon - his engine enocuntered a problem just after the start of a lap and by the time he got to the Hanger Straight he pulled off the track and did not return for the rest of the day. Wurz had a full day of testing, interrupted only by a small sensor problem which shut down the engine at the start of the session, and he also suffered a minor spin at Brooklands shortly after midday.
Sauber spent the morning preparing the car so that Fellipe Massa was able to commence testing early in the afternoon. Massa was enjoying playing with the car in the wet conditions and was sliding and correcting through several corners. However he spun off the circuit on his last lap and brought the session to a slightly premature end.
Jordan ran a single chassis driven by Giancarlo Fisichella. The team suffered no problems during the day and Fisichella went on to set the fastest time, a whole second faster than the next best driver.
Williams had the full race squad of Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya. The team suffered no major problems during the day. Ralf had a minor excurtion into the gravel in the afternoon at Brooklands, as did Montoya at Abbey some moments later, but both were able to continue without a problem.
BAR ran test driver Anthony Davidson. He suffered a broken element on his rear wing along the pit straight in the afternoon, although this did not directly affect the performance of the car and he was able to run for a couple more laps before returning to the pits.
Renault ran with Jarno Trulli, although the team were severely hampered by the weather. They tested wet-weather tyres and traction control. Trulli suffered a minor spin at Stowe shortly before lunch which briefly brought the sesion to a halt.
Jaguar tested with race driver Eddie Irvine, and started their young driver evaluation program with test driver Andre Lotterer. Irvine was pushing very hard in the wet conditions and suffered several sideways moments. In the afternoon he suffered a problem in the pitlane which caused him to coast to a halt. Lotterer completed just 20 laps but still managed to set the second fastest time of the day, despite looking extremely cautious around most of the corners.
Toyota made their first appearance at Silverstone for nearly a year. They tested traction control and differential mappings and ran with test drivers Ryan Briscoe and Stéphane Sarrazin. Sarrazin crashed at Bridge, a fast right-hander late in the afternoon and suffered significant damage to the left-hand side of his car. The driver was able to walk away and the circuit was closed while the debris was cleared.
Testing continues tomorrow.