Testing round up of the teams prior to the British Grand Prix. SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: ON THREE FRONTS - (1st - 102 points in Constructors' Championship.) Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was busy on three fronts this week. From Tuesday to...
Testing round up of the teams prior to the British Grand Prix.
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: ON THREE FRONTS - (1st - 102 points in Constructors' Championship.)
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro was busy on three fronts this week. From Tuesday to Thursday, Luciano Burti was running tyre and aerodynamic tests at Monza while on Tuesday morning Luca Badoer was in Mugello, but he went to Fiorano in the afternoon for a back-to-back test of the two cars which ran in the European Grand Prix. He was back at Mugello on Wednesday and then Rubens Barrichello took over the programme on Thursday for a tyre test. Today (Friday) Michael Schumacher was scheduled to be at the wheel and, meanwhile, both Badoer and Burti were expected to run at Fiorano which would be Burti's first run in an F2002. The test programme continues until tomorrow. The cars will race in the British Grand Prix in the same configuration as at the Nurburgring, with a new engine cover and front wing and a qualifying engine which is not yet homologated for the race. Ferrari is working hard to try to improve its launch control.
BMW WILLIAMS F1 TEAM: GENE AND PIZZONIA START TEST - (2nd - 57 points)
Williams test team drivers Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia were present at Barcelona from Tuesday, both men concentrating on tyre test work for Michelin and chassis set-up work for later races in the season. On Tuesday Pizzonia managed a 1m 20.010s best with Gene posting a 1m 20.297s; on Wednesday Gene trimmed his time to a 1m 19.790s while Pizzonia did a 1m 20.569s. On Thursday Pizzonia was third fastest on 1m 18.069s while Gene did a 1m19.448s.
WEST McLAREN MERCEDES: COULTHARD SETS EARLY PACE - (3rd - 37 points)
David Coulthard set the early testing pace at Barcelona on Tuesday with the fastest time in his McLaren-Mercedes MP4/17 on 1m 19.506s. Alexander Wurz managed a 1m 20.153s while on Wednesday Coulthard did a 1m19.369s and Wurz was second fastest overall on 1m 18.862s. Michelin tyre testing and further development of new technical solutions for later in the season were on the team's agenda this week. Kimi Raikkonen took over the programme on Thursday and set a fastest time of 1m17.755s, 0.3sec faster than Wurz who was second quickest.
MILD SEVEN RENAULT F1 TEAM: BUTTON IN BARCELONA - (4th - 14 points)
Jenson Button tested with the sole Renault R202 at Barcelona starting on Tuesday this week, beginning by concentrating on set-up work. On the first of four days Button managed a 1m20.257s best and on Wednesday carried out a tyre development programme for Michelin during the morning. Button managed the fastest time of the day on 1m17.724s. "We had a productive day overall in Barcelona," said Technical Director Mike Gascoyne. "Jenson worked well this morning, concentrating on tyre choice for Silverstone, whereas the benefits of this afternoon's testing will be seen in the longer term." Button continued the programme with a 1m18.880s on Thursday, working on a tyre programme and testing engine development.
SAUBER PETRONAS: TESTING ON TWO FRONTS - (5th - 9 points)
Sauber went with one car to Barcelona this week where Felipe Massa did the second and third days with Nick Heidfeld driving the C21 only on the first day (Tuesday). A second chassis was brought to Vairano where Heidfeld assessed new aerodynamic developments. Technical director Willy Rampf said; "We also did some running in low downforce configuration. As there is only Monza left requiring this characteristic Vairano is a good place for some basic work for that. The week after Silverstone we will then go for the first time this year to test at Monza." The programme at Barcelona concentrated on tyres, launch control, new brake components and the preparation for the British Grand Prix. Heidfeld started with 86 laps on Tuesday and posted a 1m 20.225s third fastest on the day. Massa did a 1m 19.301s on Wednesday and then a 1m19.345s on Thursday. Massa stopped after 92 laps on Wednesday when he heard a strange noise coming from the engine. There was a routine engine change scheduled prior to the Thursday running when Massa did a race simulation to get more data on cooling issues.
DHL JORDAN HONDA: SATO IN SPAIN - (6th - 6 points)
Takuma Sato began the Jordan-Honda team's test programme in Spain on Tuesday by completing 93 laps at Barcelona, preparing various developments for the British Grand Prix. According to Sato's engineer James Key it was a fruitful start to the programme which saw the Japanese driver manage a 1m 20.46s best. On Wednesday Sato's progress was punctuated by several red flag periods, but he managed a 1m 19.62s best concentrating on a variety of elements including chassis set-up and tyre evaluation while Honda continued engine test work. Giancarlo Fisichella was scheduled to continue the test on Thursday afternoon after his late arrival on Wednesday due to air traffic control delays. Fisichella managed a 1m 19.278s after 67 laps on Wednesday.
JAGUAR RACING: REVISED CAR TESTED - (7th - 3 points)
Jaguar test driver Andre Lotterer shook down the aerodynamically revised Jaguar R3 at Ford's Lommel test track in Belgium in order to prepare it for a crucial test at Barcelona which began yesterday (Thursday) and was scheduled to run through to the end of today (Friday). Prior to the test Irvine said; "We think we have done the new package a lot better and on Thursday we will find out if we have achieved those goals. The new car is radically different. Aerodynamically it is a night and day difference." After driving the car for 52 laps in race trim and posting a 1m19.911s, Irvine's first preliminary judgement was that it had better stability, was less pitch-sensitive and was generating more load through the corners.
KL MINARDI ASIATECH: WIND TUNNEL TESTS ONLY - (8th - 2 points)
Minardi did no track testing this week as they are preparing the cars for Silverstone, but they did some wind tunnel tests in the Fondmetal facility working on the 2003 package.
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING: SARRAZIN STARS AT RICARD - (9th - 2 points)
Stephane Sarrazin began a three-day Toyota test at Paul Ricard on Wednesday when he covered 75 laps of the 4.15km circuit carrying out routine aerodynamic testing. On Thursday and Friday Allan McNish was due to take over the programme in the TF102.
ORANGE ARROWS: BERNOLDI IN SPAIN - (10th - 2 points)
Enrique Bernoldi began the Arrows team's testing with a single A23 at Barcelona on Tuesday, posting a 1m 20.495s, and improved to 1m 19.577s the following day in the course of general chassis set-up work and tyre testing. Frentzen took over the car on Thursday and managed a 1m18.831s.
LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA: THREE DAYS AT MUGELLO - (11th - 0 points)
The BAR-Honda team took two cars to Mugello this week, with Anthony Davidson and Patrick Lemarie starting the programme on Tuesday although an unexpected rain shower spoiled the first day. Davidson was testing the new Honda engine and completed 81 laps for a best time of 1m 25.855s while Lemarie was evaluating electronic systems and did 94 laps for a best of 1m 27.601s. Jacques Villeneuve arrived on Thursday, but mechanical problems stopped him in the morning. He completed a Bridgestone tyre test in the afternoon, plus brake evaluation, and put more miles on the latest evolution of the Honda engine. He completed 38 laps for a best of 1m 25.629s. Meanwhile Davidson took over Lemarie's programme and completed 67 laps for a best of 1m 26.228s. The programme is still continuing today (Friday).