Testing round up of the teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: INTENSIVE TEST PROGRAMME - (1st - 173 points in Contructors' standings) After the resumption of F1 testing following the August ban, Ferrari launched an...
Testing round up of the teams ahead of the Italian Grand Prix
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: INTENSIVE TEST PROGRAMME - (1st - 173 points in Contructors' standings)
After the resumption of F1 testing following the August ban, Ferrari launched an intensive test programme. In Paul Ricard Luca Badoer has been running an F2002 for three days testing tyres and probably also components for the 2003 car, covering over 1000km. In Monza, Michael Schumacher ran on Tuesday and Wednesday testing an engine evolution which could be used for qualifying at the Italian GP. Despite constant changes in the weather, he was happy with the test. Ferrari is also obviously testing a low downforce aero configuration for the GP. Rubens Barrichello took over yesterday (Thursday) and will remain running today testing tyres and chassis set-up. Three cars only will be sent to Monza for race weekend.
BMW WILLIAMSF1 TEAM: BUSY MONZA PROGRAMME - (2nd - 86 points)
The team completed 500kms on the opening day of its Monza test on Tuesday, race preparation and general set-up work for the Italian Grand Prix being the priority. Ralf Schumacher managed a 1m26.071s in the dry and after heavy rain started falling before lunch, Ralf managed a 1m35.046s on a slippery track surface. The team evaluated revised aerodynamics and Marc Gene concentrated on engine developments, although one BMW V10 failed in Ralf's car on Tuesday and another had to be changed the following day after Ralf heard a strange noise. On Wednesday showers again punctuated the team's programme, but Ralf took advantage of the only dry track window of the day and managed a 1m24.206s fastest of the day. Meanwhile test driver Marc Gene completed a race distance of 69 laps and managed a 1m 24.834s. On Thursday Antonio Pizzonia posted third fastest time on 1m23.192s ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya on 1m23.485s.
WEST McLAREN MERCEDES: TESTING ON TWO FRONTS - (3rd - 57 points)
The McLaren Mercedes squad concentrated on a two-pronged test programme this week with David Coulthard at Monza concentrating on race and tyre testing in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix and both Kimi Raikkonen and Alex Wurz at Silverstone, concentrating on further development work on the new gearbox/rear end package. "David's work included some instrumentation work to see how the suspension behaved as well as dodging the rain showers," said McLaren Managing Director Martin Whitmarsh. "The Silverstone test was one of the best we've had this season. The components we've been testing won't be on the car at Monza but probably will be for the last two races of the season." Coulthard set second fastest time at Monza on Thursday with a 1m22.877s best.
MILD SEVEN RENAULT F1 TEAM: TWO CARS AT MONZA - (4th - 15 points)
Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button began testing for the Renault F1 team at Monza on Tuesday, making the most out of the unpredictable weather which saw heavy rain falling from lunchtime onwards. The team's work included the evaluation of the R202's low downforce aerodynamic package for the Italian Grand Prix as well as running the latest generation wet weather Michelin rubber late in the day. Button managed a 1m26.383s best, just ahead of Trulli on 1m27.003s. On Wednesday Trulli continued the Michelin wet weather evaluation work in the morning before concentrating on durability testing in the afternoon, completing a race distance and setting a best of 1m25.469s. Button worked on race set-up and produced a best of 1m26.099s. "It was a good day for the team during which the drivers worked well," said technical director Mike Gascoyne. "We had productive results from our tyre work this morning and successfully completed a full race distance." On Thursday Button managed a 1m25.714s with Trulli slightly quicker on 1m25.370s.
SAUBER PETRONAS: PREPARING FOR MONZA - (5th - 11 points)
The Sauber Petronas team began a four day test at Monza on Tuesday with Nick Heidfeld scheduled to drive for the first two days and Felipe Massa the last two. The priority for the programme was to work out the best high speed set-up for Monza as well as tyre testing for Bridgestone and brake development work. Due to the rainy weather the programme was delayed on Tuesday and on Wednesday the fire extinguisher exploded at high speed after the engine cover worked loose, causing another delay of two hours. Nevertheless Heidfeld expressed himself satisfied with a 1m25.373s best. "The car is working well in a low downforce configuration," he said. Massa tried aerodynamic modifications for the wings and the floor. "I like the circuit because it is fast and seems easy to overtake," he said. Massa covered 79 laps on Thursday for a best time of 1m25.479s.
DHL JORDAN HONDA: SATO STARTS AT MONZA - (6th - 5 points)
Takuma Sato began testing for the Jordan-Honda team at Monza on Wednesday, covering what the team described as "70 productive laps" working on brake materials, control systems, aerodynamics and general set-up work in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix. Sato's best time was a 1m26.76s and Giancarlo Fisichella took over for the Thursday session, recording a best time of 1m25.362s.
LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA: FOUR DAYS, FOUR DRIVERS - (7th - 5 points)
The BAR-Honda team mounted an intensive four day test programme at Monza with Anthony Davidson, fresh from his two race stint for Minardi, kicking off the first day on Tuesday and setting second fastest time with a 1m25.186s - against 1m24.584s for Michael Schumacher. Patrick Lemarié was also testing on the first day setting a best of 1m26.487s during the course of a Honda engine programme and some minor aerodynamic developments. On the second day Olivier Panis and Jacques Villeneuve took over and their first day together was dictated by the rain so the team worked on wet settings. Thursday produced better conditions and both Jacques and Olivier completed their final day. Panis commented: "we've made some good progress and have been working very hard at improving reliability after a disappointing race at Spa. Monza should be a better circuit for us." Davidson and Lemarié should be back on the track today (Friday).
JAGUAR RACING: ENCOURAGING TEST - (8th - 4 points)
Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa started a three day test at Monza on Wednesday, the team working on race mileage in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix while fine-tuning the cars for different set-ups and tyre evaluation programmes. De la Rosa managed third fastest 1m 24.54s after 50 laps while Irvine did 42 laps for a best of 1m 24.91s. De la Rosa posted quickest time of 1m 22.757s on Thursday with Irvine managing a 1m 25.268s.
KL MINARDI ASIATECH: FIORANO AND MONZA - (9th - 2 points)
Minardi started testing at Fiorano on Tuesday with Russian F3000 driver Serguei Zolbin and test driver Mateo Bobbi; conditions were not good as the newly resurfaced track is sandy and quite slippery. On Wednesday David Saelens and Alex Yoong were at Monza with Mark Webber taking over on Thursday and Yoong again on Friday. Paul Stoddart is on his way to Malaysia and Yoong might get another chance at Monza if negotiations are successful.
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING: FOUR DAY TEST AT MONZA (10th - 2 points)
Stéphane Sarrazin and Ryan Briscoe began a four-day Monza test on Tuesday, Briscoe starting with data acquisition tests while Sarrazin worked on different aero parts, including a front wing which the team intends to debut at the Italian GP. Briscoe managed a 1m27.43s best with Sarrazin turning a 1m28.26s. On Wednesday Allan McNish took over from Briscoe, completing 37 laps for a best of 1m27.25s. "Michelin have brought a new wet weather tyre with them and from what I have seen today it seems a big improvement," he said. Sarrazin did a lot of comparison work between wet and intermediate rubber, posting a 1m27.40s best. On Thursday McNish managed a 1m23.887s with Mika Salo posting a 1m 25.338s.
ORANGE ARROWS: EXPLANATION TO FIA (11th - 2 points)
The Arrows team has submitted the explanation requested by the FIA regarding some of its recent actions in the World Championship and the governing body is now considering this document.