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Sauber start testing with Michelin tyres

First Michelin Test

By Sauber Petronas
November 26 2004

Team SAUBER PETRONAS started its first three-day test with Michelin tyres at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Felipe Massa covered 71 laps in chassis C23-02 to set a best time of 1:14.939. Felipe Massa will continue tomorrow before Jacques Villeneuve will have his first test for the team on Friday.

Jacky Eeckelaert (Chief Race Engineer) commented "Today we ran our first test day with Michelin tyres and naturally concentrated on adapting the car's balance to the new tyres. We defined a new suspension set-up and adjusted the C23 accordingly. Already at Hinwil we ran simulations on the basis of Michelin tyre data and developed a good foundation for our work today. Overall we were able to deliver good test results and are happy with today´s outcome.

"Tomorrow we will evaluate new brakes and run aerodynamic tests in preparation to 2005. Our target this week is to collect valuable Michelin tyre and downforce data for the next season."

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Montoya McLaren Mercedes MP4-19 M 1:14.211 -.---
2 R Schumacher Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:14.602 0.391
3 Massa Sauber Petronas C23 M 1:14.938 0.727
4 Klien Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:15.137 0.926
5 Webber Williams BMW FW26 M 1:15.387 1.176
6 Gene Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:15.586 1.375
7 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:15.657 1.446
8 Trulli Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:15.739 1.528
9 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:15.925 1.714
10 Fisichella Renault Renault R24 M 1:16.045 1.834
11 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4-19 M 1:16.369 2.158
12 Button BAR Honda Concept M 1:16.485 2.274
13 Pizzonia Williams BMW FW26 M 1:16.805 2.594
14 Montagny Renault Renault R24 M 1:17.220 3.009
15 Bernoldi BAR Honda Concept M 1:19.970 5.759

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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