Testing wraps up at Jerez

Testing wraps up at Jerez

Testing wrapped up for the week at Jerez in Spain today with only three teams on track. Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer topped the time sheets with a 1:25.785, fellow testers Felipe Massa and Luciano Burti making it a one-two-three for the...

Testing wrapped up for the week at Jerez in Spain today with only three teams on track. Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer topped the time sheets with a 1:25.785, fellow testers Felipe Massa and Luciano Burti making it a one-two-three for the Scuderia. The trio of F2003-GAs worked on electronics and tyres in the wet conditions.

Nick Heidfeld.
Photo by Jordan Grand Prix.
Nick Heidfeld was best of the non-Ferrari's, fourth quickest in the Jordan EJ13. 2003 Jordan race driver Ralph Firman returned to the wheel but was disappointed with a session hampered by heavy rain, finishing bottom of the times. Both drivers worked on tyres and control systems development.

"We had very heavy rain and storms overnight which virtually flooded the track so standing water prevented us from running the cars until midday," said James Robinson, head of race and test engineering. "Afterwards, constantly changing levels of rainfall meant we saw anything from slightly wet to monsoon conditions."

BAR finished with Takuma Sato and Jenson Button fifth and sixth fastest respectively. Sato handed back the '04 Concept car to Button today and returned to the cockpit of the 2003 chassis.

Ferrari, BAR, Williams and Toyota are expected back at Jerez next week, with Minardi at Vallenlunga in Italy, for the last test session of the year.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Luciano Burti , Luca Badoer , Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa , Ralph Firman , James Robinson
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Minardi , Jordan