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Villeneuve Sets the Pace at Jerez


Comfortable in First

By Jamie Makin
December 3 2004

Team SAUBER PETRONAS continued its three-day test at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez today. Jacques Villeneuve covered 74 laps in chassis C23-02 to set today´s best time of 1:22.071s. Weather conditions picked up where they left off yesterday, drenching the circuit and making testing difficult. The team used the opportunity to try out Michelin's wet weather tyres and to allow Jacques Villeneue to continue to get comfortable with the car. It didn't take him long to get up to speed however as he set the fastest test time of the day.

Race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara assured us that the team still salvaged some meaningful data from the test. "As soon as the track started to dry up in the afternoon we were able to do our best laps. We couldn´t get a lot of references concerning aerodynamic and mechanical set-up tests, but we adapted our programme to the conditions and focused on further Michelin tyre work. Overall, despite of the bad weather and track conditions we still did quite a lot and the performance was pretty good."

SAUBER will wrap up the Jerez test tomorrow with Villenuve at the wheel once again.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Villeneuve SAUBER PETRONAS C23 M 1:22.071 -:--.---
2 Heidfeld Williams BMW FW26 M 1:22.462 0.391
3 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:22.629 0.558
4 Klien Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:22.869 0.798
5 van der Merwe BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:22.884 0.813
6 Pizzonia Williams BMW FW26 M 1:23.384 1.313
7 Sato BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:24.108 2.037
8 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:24.708 2.637
9 Montagny Renault Renault Renault M 1:24.77 2.699
10 Fisichella Renault Renault Renault M 1:24.939 2.868
11 R Schumacher Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:26.21 4.139
12 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:27.572 5.501
13 de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:28.325 6.254
14 Gene Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:28.939 6.868
15 Doornbos Jordan Ford EJ14 B 1:32.224 10.153
16 Rossiter BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:33.448 11.377
17 Bernoldi BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:33.474 11.403


For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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