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Massa Fastest in Barcelona Testing

Massa's Quickest

By Jamie Makin
November 26 2004

Team SAUBER PETRONAS continued its three-day at the Circuit de Catalunya today. Felipe Massa covered 68 laps in chassis C23-02 to set today´s best time of 1:14.655s. He was the second quickest driver in the team's second day of post-season testing. The new Michelin tyres appear to already be paying dividends as Massa topped the team's prior best time by more than 1.2 seconds.

"I was surprised how quick we were able to adjust the car to the new tyres," said a confident Massa. "We only made rather small changes and the balance of the car as well as the performance were good straightaway. We now have a solid basis on which we can build."

Team Principal Peter Sauber sounds confident that his decisions are guiding the team in an upward direction. "After the first two test days with Michelin tyres we are happy that the change to Michelin went without a problem. We mainly concentrated on gathering many data and adjusting the set-up of the C23 to the requirements of the new tyres. Based on this knowledge we can say that the car and the tyres fit together very well, which is anything but natural. We are convinced that the new C24 will profit from this combination. The lap times impressively demonstrate this."

Jacques Villeneuve will make his debut in the SAUBER C23 tomorrow as the team wraps up the week's testing.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Massa SAUBER PETRONAS C23 M 1:14.655 -:--.---
2 Trulli Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:14.893 0.238
3 R Schumacher Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:14.996 0.341
4 Webber Williams BMW FW26 M 1:15.237 0.582
5 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:15.339 0.684
6 Fisichella Renault Renault R24 M 1:15.412 0.757
7 Pizzonia Williams BMW FW26 M 1:15.754 1.099
8 Montoya McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:15.833 1.178
9 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:15.881 1.226
10 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:16.103 1.448
11 Klien Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:16.268 1.613
12 Bernoldi BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:16.353 1.698
13 Gene Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:16.839 2.184
14 Button BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:17.257 2.602
15 Montagny Renault Renault R24 M 1:17.513 2.858

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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