Testing round up

SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO : INTENSIVE TESTS - (1st-118 points in Constructors' Championship as of British GP) It has been a very intensive week of testing for the Ferrari team. From Tuesday to Thursday Luciano Burti was running at Fiorano and...

SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO : INTENSIVE TESTS - (1st-118 points in Constructors' Championship as of British GP)

It has been a very intensive week of testing for the Ferrari team. From Tuesday to Thursday Luciano Burti was running at Fiorano and Luca Badoer at Mugello, both driving F2002s. Today (Friday) and tomorrow Michael Schumacher and Badoer will be running at Fiorano while Burti will be demonstrating the F2001 at the Goodwood Festival and later it will be shown at the Zandvoort Masters meeting. The development of the F2001 is now over for this season having run no less than 24209.80km on seven tracks both in testing and racing(Australia, Malaysia and Brazil). The F2001 has scored one victory (Australia), one third (Malaysia), two pole positions and 14 points. At Magny-Cours the F2002 will use a new aerodynamic package. Schumacher will drive 222, Barrichello 221, the T-car is 219 and a spare chassis will be 220. Ferrari has completed several test bed simulations for the new shortened Hockenheim.


The BMW Williams team began testing at Monza and Valencia on Tuesday with Petrobras F3000 driver Antonio Pizzonia starting at the Italian circuit. The Brazilian did most of his running in the morning and completed only four laps in the afternoon after a scheduled BMW engine change. His best time was 1m 23.577s while Gene at Valencia managed a 1m 14.552s, second fastest on the day, concentrating on tyre testing and chassis development work. "In Valencia we did mostly set-up work," said test team manager Tim Newton. "In Monza it is the first time we've run there this year so we worked on the aero package. Some of the race team members also flew out so we can do pit stop fuel rig practice to ensure we don't encounter the same problems faced during the British Grand Prix." On Wednesday Pizzonia was again quickest, setting a 1m 23.976s best during the course of aerodynamic work while Gene set the pace at Valencia with a 1m 12.643s best after 87 laps.


The McLaren-Mercedes team went to Paul Ricard on Tuesday to start what was planned as a four day test but which may possibly stretch into Saturday after Kimi Raikkonen ran wide over a kerb on Wednesday and badly damaged his M4/17 chassis. The team then settled down to work out the logistics of sending a replacement chassis to the French circuit and the team also suffered an engine failure which delayed the programme. The first two days were scheduled to be with Raikkonen and Alex Wurz driving while Coulthard and Wurz were due to run on Thursday and Friday. "We were quite surprised at the amount of damage which was sustained over what seemed a rather inoccuous kerb," said McLaren Managing Director Martin Whitmarsh. "We have a busy week testing what I might describe as some reasonably big development items." No times were released by the team.


Fernando Alonso started the first day of a four day Renault F1 test at Valencia on Tuesday, the Spaniard concentrating on basic set-up work during the morning. Following a lunchtime engine change he continued with tyre development work for Michelin and wound up fastest on 1m 13.117s. On Wednesday Alonso tested the revised bodywork seen in practice at Silverstone over a full race distance, as well as development programmes focusing on the development of next year's car. His best time was 1m 13.625s after 100 laps. On Thursday Alonso covered another 75 laps for a 1m 13.260s best.


For the fifth time this year the Sauber-Petronas team was testing in Valencia with Nick Heidfeld driving for the first two days, Felipe Massa the last. The programme began with a lucky escape when a truck crashed into the Sauber team's catering van on the way to the circuit and one of the team members was sent back to Zurich with broken ribs and bruises. On the first day due to technical problems Heidfeld ran only 39 laps and set a best time of 1m 14.567s. The next day he improved to 1m 13.914s after 92 laps. Sauber was testing new bodywork and electronics plus set-up work in preparation for Magny-Cours and the new Hockenheim circuit, in addition to testing new Bridgestone rubber. Conditions were perfect with air temperature up to 35-degrees, the track to 54-degrees. Heidfeld said; "We are expecting hot weather in France, so it was an almost perfect simulation." Massa was due to validate data and completed the tyre programme wih a 1m13.715s on Thursday.


Giancarlo Fisichella began a two day test at Valencia on Wednesday, completing a programme on the first day which included work on brakes, development aerodynamics, set-up work and gearbox reliability checks. In all he covered 64 laps for a best time of 1m 12.95s. On Thursday he improved to 1m 12.795s which was second fastest on the day after 92 laps.


Boosted by its points scoring success at Silverstone, the BAR-Honda team went to Monza for a three day test from Wednesday. Anthony Davidson and Patrick Lemarie drove the first day, the former working on a low-downforce set-up for the Italian Grand Prix and ran through a suspension programme (62 laps, for a fastest of 1m 25.561s). Lemarie spent the morning setting up the car and then continued with electronic software development. Olivier Panis replaced Lemarire the next day, whilst Davidson pursued Lemarie'e electronic programme covering 53 laps for a best of 1m 25.2s. Panis's morning was cut short by a gearbox problem, but he was back on the track in the afternoon and completed a successful Bridgestone test and brake evaluation programme. At the end of the first day running, Panis commented; "We've made steady progress today despite a few gearbox-related problems which limited my running this morning. At this test we are working towards the Italian Grand Prix, but after tomorrow, our thoughts turn to my home track - Magny-Cours. Obviously as a French driver, I know the track very well, although it can be difficult to find a good set-up there."


Jaguar test driver Andrea Lotterer joined in this week's Monza test, starting on Wednesday alongside Pedro de la Rosa as the team struggled to make technical sense of the new aerodynamic package which was fitted to the R3 at Silverstone for the first time. On Wednesday de la Rosa completed 22 laps for a best time of 1m 226.391s with Lotterer managing a 1m 27.06s after 23 laps. On Thursday James Courtney, the British F3 championship leader, crashed one of the original spec Jaguar R3s after a rear suspension failure pitched him into the guard rail at the Variante Ascari. All four wheels were ripped from the car in the impact and the young Australian was taken to hospital for precautionary X-rays suffering from mild concussion. The session was stopped for almost 40 minutes while the barrier was repaired.


Minardi has not taken part in any track tests this week, the team remaining at its base to prepare for the next two races on successive weekends. The technicians are beginning to build models for the 2003 car and testing will resume after the Hungarian Grand Prix.


After both cars failed to finish Sunday's British Grand Prix, the Toyota team started a four day Monza test on Tuesday with McNish having a difficult first day beset by electronic problems which meant his best lap time was 1m 26.913s in the hot and sunny conditions. "We had some problems this morning and did not do any running at all," he said. "We started to work on the aero balance in the afternoon in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix and also looked closely at the way the car rides the kerbs, which was a big problem in Montreal." On Wednesday McNish covered another 71 laps for a best of 1m 24.511s, concentrating on aerodynamics plus launch control work, mechanical set-up and pinpointing the problem for the clutch problem which left him stranded on the grid at Silverstone.

ORANGE ARROWS : TESTS IN SPAIN - (11th-2 points)

Heinz-Harald Frentzen began testing the A23 at Valencia on Wednesday, managing a 1m 13.227s, 0.6sec away from the fastest time of the day set by Marc Gene's Williams. On Thursday Stephane Bourdais tested the A23, posting a best of 1m 15.719s as team principal Tom Walkinshaw works to resolve the team's financial problems which caused it to miss the first day's practice at Silverstone.


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Luciano Burti , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , James Courtney , Anthony Davidson , Patrick Lemarié , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Tom Walkinshaw , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi