Round up of the teams ahead of the United States Grand Prix SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: INTENSIVE TESTS - (1st - 189 points in Constructors' standings) Ferrari undertook an intensive test programme this week with Luciano Burti and Luca Badoer...
Round up of the teams ahead of the United States Grand Prix
SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO: INTENSIVE TESTS - (1st - 189 points in Constructors' standings)
Ferrari undertook an intensive test programme this week with Luciano Burti and Luca Badoer running at Mugello on Tuesday and Wednesday. This time Burti was back at the wheel of the F2001 gathering data and testing tyres. Burti then went to Fiorano to shake down the cars for Indianapolis, which are 219 (spare), 223 (Schumacher) and 224 (Barrichello). Schumacher replaced Burti at Mugello today and together with Badoer they did 850km without problems. They will carry on testing today (Friday) and there are new Bridgestone tyres to be used at Indianapolis. Schumacher said: "I am looking forward to going to the States, which I enjoy, but the Indianapolis circuit is not my favourite." After Indianapolis Ferrari will test at Jerez and Mugello with Badoer and Burti.
BMW WILLIAMSF1 TEAM: GENE AND PIZZONIA - (2nd - 85 points)
Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia began a test programme at Barcelona on Tuesday with Pizzonia working on new suspension components as well as Michelin tyre testing. He managed a 1m19.526s fastest which was second quickest on the day while Marc Gene was also present, having been confirmed as the team's third and reserve driver for the 2003 season, his third year with the team. On Wednesday Pizzonia was again second fastest on 1m17.747s as the programme continued with Gene managing a 1m19.722s working on different elements of the car set-up. Ralf Schumacher joined the programme on Thursday for a best time of 1m 18.882s with Marc Gene managing a 1m19.112s.
WEST McLAREN MERCEDES:WURZ AND TURNER START PROGRAMME - (3rd - 57 points)
Test drivers Alexander Wurz and Darren Turner started the McLaren-Mercedes test programme at Barcelona on Tuesday with Wurz setting the pace on 1m19.217 and Turner posting third fastest time in 1m22.035s. The team was concentrating on Michelin tyre testing and aerodynamic set-up work for the last two races of the season. On Wednesday Wurz again headed the times with a 1m16.938s and Turner was again third on 1m18.586s. David Coulthard took over from Wurz on Thursday and topped the sheets with a 1m17.467s after 66 laps and Turner did a second fastest 1m18.275s. McLaren will also be allowing Sarah Fisher, the 21-year old who qualified on pole for this year's Kentucky round of the Indy Racing League, to drive one of the team's F1 cars in a demonstration at Indianapolis prior to the start of first practice next Friday morning.
MILD SEVEN RENAULT F1 TEAM: GAVIN JOINS TEST - (4th - 20 points)
The Renault F1 team began a three day programme at Silverstone on Tuesday with Jenson Button conducting a tyre development programme for Michelin as well as working on chassis set-up for the two final races of the year at Indianapolis and Suzuka. He managed a 1m23.127s on a day when test driver Fernando Alonso posted a 1m22.790s during the course of general set-up work. Unfortunately on Wednesday Jenson Button complained of dizziness and was replaced for the afternoon session by Oliver Gavin who completed a programme of software development. His best was a 1m26.269s while Alonso did 1m23.677s and Button a 1m23.930s before he called it a day. On Thursday Alonso did tyre development work for Suzuka during the morning and tyre endurance tests during the afternoon, posting a fastest of 1m23.249s. Gavin did a 1m24.781s completing his electronic development work.
SAUBER PETRONAS: FRENTZEN TO TEST FOR INDY - (5th - 11 points)
After Felipe Massa was penalised at the Italian Grand Prix - resulting in him being moved ten grid places back from his qualifying position at Indianapolis - the Sauber Petronas team decided to test Heinz-Harald Frentzen as a potential substitute candidate for the US race. Frentzen had a seat fitting at Hinwil on Tuesday and was scheduled to drive the car on Thursday at Silverstone. "Only a test at Silverstone will finally show whether Heinz-Harald will be able to drive competitively in this seating position," he said. Meanwhile Massa drove the first day's test at Silverstone on Tuesday, working on aerodynamic configurations for Indianapolis. His best was a 1m22.409s and then Nick Heidfeld took over on Wednesday, also working on Bridgestone tyre development. "It was interesting driving round Silverstone with the very low downforce set-up we will require for the US GP," he said after posting a best lap in 1m21.425s. Frentzen set fastest time at Silverstone on Thursday with a 1m24.781s. Unfortunately on his final lap he crashed heavily and needed a medical check-up, heavily damaging the car.
JAGUAR RACING: PIZZONIA INVITED TO TEST - (6th - 8 points)
BMW Williams test driver Antonio Pizzonia was invited to switch teams and test a Jaguar R3 at Barcelona on Thursday as part of the team's driver assessment programme. The programme began on Wednesday with Pedro de la Rosa posting a 1m18.830s best while working on tyre evaluation and setup work. On Thursday Pizzonia took over and completed 21 laps, delayed by a slight engine problem, and managed a 1m19.585s best after acclimatising himself to the car. That compared with de la Rosa's best on the day of 1m19.223s after 15 laps. The team is also running straight line tests at Santa Pod, in the UK, with Andre Lotterer at the wheel.
DHL JORDAN HONDA: FISICHELLA AT SILVERSTONE - (7th - 7 points)
The Jordan-Honda squad carried out a two day test at Silverstone on Wednesday with Giancarlo Fisichella driving on both days. On Wednesday he set second fastest time with a 1m23.502s after 66 flying laps. The programme included brake development, control systems, a Bridgestone tyre test for Indianapolis, aerodynamic and damper setting development. Fisichella did a 1m21.890s, second fastest on the day on Thursday.
LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA: THREE DAYS IN SPAIN - (8th - 6 points)
Anthony Davidson began a three day test for British American Racing in Barcelona on Tuesday, the team evaluating electronic software and aerodynamics for the US GP. The Spanish track is more comparable with Indianapolis than most other circuits. Meanwhile the team is also spending four days at the IdiAda test track also in Spain. On the first day Davidson completed 43 laps in warm conditions although a mechanical problem stopped the car during the afternoon. Jacques Villeneuve took over on Wednesday when Davidson had switched to Idiada to conduct some straight-line, suspension and aerodynamic evaluations. Villeneuve was involved in an extensive tyre test programme for Bridgestone and an evaluation programme for Honda with the latest evolution of the engine. His best was 1m18.193s. Jacques commented: "the programme went well today. The main focus was to find the right tyre compound for Indy and to look at tyres for next season." Olivier Panis will join the programme today (Friday) for the final day of testing.
KL MINARDI ASIATECH: RUSSIAN DRIVER TESTS - (9th - 2 points)
Russian driver Sergey Zlobin tested a Minardi PS01 at Mugello following the deal with the team's new sponsor Gazprom. "He has everything to learn, this is a long term deal," said Giancarlo Minardi. The team hopes to be able to announce its F1 engine deal for 2003 at Indianapolis.
PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING: TESTING NEW ENGINE - (10th - 2 points)
The Toyota F1 team had a busy week at Paul Ricard completing a private four-day test with Stephane Sarrazin driving each day testing the new type RVX-03 V10 engine for next year, and a seven-speed gearbox, in an interim TF102B chassis. Allan McNish also drove on Tuesday and Wednesday with Mika Salo taking over the second car on Thursday. Today (Friday) Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves is scheduled to test the car.
ORANGE ARROWS - (11th - 2 points)
No news on the team's future plans.