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Testing for French & British GP Begins

By Jamie Makin
June 24 2004

Team SAUBER PETRONAS returned home after a busy but disappointing two week North American tour and immediately hit the track testing for the upcoming French and British Grand Prix. These two races will mark the final of three sets of back-to-back races which have produced and unprecendented six races in just eight weeks time. Sauber tested during the week long break between the first set and will test for three days again this week.

The crew may be tired and exhausted, but it did not show in today's results. Giancarlo Fisichella turned 103 laps in chassis C23-05 and set the fastest time of the day at 1:16.901.

"We focused our programme today on the evaluation of a new front and a new rear wing resulting from our latest wind tunnel work," explained Race Engineer, Mike Krack. "As the tests went well we will use both parts for the race in Magny-Cours next week. On top of this we worked with Bridgestone on the tyre construction for Silverstone and the following races. Tomorrow Felipe will verify those data and also tests for us different Bridgestone tyre compounds. Additionally we have scheduled more aerodynamic checks."

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