|4 October 2004
Circuit: Jerez circuit – 4.428 km
30 September: Third and final day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro. Michael Schumacher took to the track at Jerez today, bringing to an end the tyre testing programme scheduled for this session. The German driver completed 89 laps in total, the quickest in a time of 1’15″629. Luca Colajanni.
29 September: Second day of testing this week for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, once again working at two tracks today: at Fiorano with Andrea Bertolini and at Jerez de la Frontera with Luca Badoer. At Ferrari’s private test track, Bertolini continued working on development of new electronic solutions, completing a total of 105 laps (39 of them on the short version of the track.) The best time was a 57″451. Badoer was back on track at Jerez, testing tyres and new components. The Scuderia’s official test driver completed a total of 94 laps, the quickest in 1’19″375. The Fiorano test ended today, while tomorrow, Michael Schumacher will take to the track at Jerez.
28 September: At Ferrari’s private test track, Bertolini worked on electronics, completing a total of 77 laps (30 of them on the short version of the track.) The best time was a 58″085. Badoer was in action at Jerez, working on a Bridgestone tyre development programme as well as testing new components. Unfortunately, the test came to a premature end because of an off-track excursion caused by a mechanical problem with the rear end of the car. Fortunately, the driver emerged unscathed from the car. Up to that point, a total of 18 laps had been completed, with a best time of 1’19″800. Tomorrow’s programme continues with Bertolini on track at Fiorano and Badoer at Jerez.
BMW WilliamsF1 Team
The BMW WilliamsF1 Team completed a three day test at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain today. Official test driver, Antonio Pizzonia, was scheduled to test for the three days but was sidelined due to an ankle injury sustained while in China. Consequently, Olivier Beretta, who drove for the French Larrousse team in 1994 and who has intermittently tested for the BMW WilliamsF1 Team since 2002, was brought in to partner Marc Gené for the first day of the test.
Ralf Schumacher subsequently replaced Olivier for the remaining two days. Ralf, Marc and Olivier completed a combined total of 482 laps of the Jerez circuit, a distance of 2,134 kilometers over the three day period. The BMW WilliamsF1 Team will return to the test track on 12th October at Jerez. Tim Newton (Test Team Manager, WilliamsF1) Under clear Spanish skies, the team has spent the last three days concentrating on set-up work and tyre evaluations in preparation for the last two races of the season.
Ralf spent most of his laps working on tyre testing but he also carried out some practice starts and pit stops. Marc also put in a lot of time with Michelin but concentrating mainly on development work. He also concentrated on systems checks. All in all, we’ve had a very productive test which we hope will stand us in good stead for Suzuka and Brazil.
Panasonic Toyota Racing
Driver: Jarno Trulli (28-30)
Track Length: 4.428km
Total laps: 232
Best Lap Time: 1m16.674s
“It was good to have three days to test after the hurried test at Silverstone, and I’ve more or less sorted out my seat now after trying a couple of alternatives. It wasn’t the luckiest test, though. We had a reasonable first day, but we lost time after a stone lodged itself inside the rim of my left rear tyre, causing it to deflate and sending me off the circuit. I was okay, and so was the car, and we ended up putting in nearly 70 laps. On Wednesday I was testing tyres for the Brazilian Grand Prix but our work was interrupted by an accident at the chicane caused by a problem related to the rear suspension. Luckily it happened at one of the slowest parts of the circuit, but the damage meant that we did no more running that afternoon. The last day was much better and we put in a lot more mileage, so despite the troubles I now have a good feel for the car and its positive aspects.”
Toyota Drivers Academy’s young drivers Katsuyuki Hiranaka and Franck Perera will test for Panasonic Toyota Racing at Jerez on October 12-14.