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Villeneuve Completes Perfect Week for SAUBER

Fast on Michelins

By Jamie Makin
December 25 2004

Team SAUBER PETRONAS completed its three-day test at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez today. Jacques Villeneuve covered 81 laps in chassis C23-02 to set today´s best time of 1:28.347s. SAUBER conquered adverse weather conditions and rivarly from eight other teams to be the quickest car on each of the three days of testing. It is clear that the Michelin tyres are a good fit for the C23 and that World Champ Jacques Villeneuve has returned to form.

Race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara sums up the week. "The weather we experienced the last three days was not what you wish for testing, but I believe we were still able to cope with it pretty well. Because of those bad conditions we couldn´t run our programme as originally planned, but we moved our focus to more Michelin tyre work and in this way still learnt quite a lot. It also helped us to further gain knowledge of Jacques´ driving style, and for him it was a valuable time to acclimatise to the car and the team. Jacques and Felipe covered altogether more than 950 kilometres and we didn´t experience technical problems which speaks for reliability and consistency. Overall I´m happy with what we´ve done."

Today marked the team's final test of 2004. They will return to action from 14 to 16 January 2005 in Valencia after debuting the new C24 in Malaysia on 11 January.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Villeneuve SAUBER PETRONAS C23 M 1:28.347 -:--.---
2 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:29.219 0.872
3 Gene Ferrari Ferrari F2004 B 1:29.474 1.127
4 R Schumacher Toyota Toyota TF104 M 1:29.528 1.181
5 Fisichella Renault Renault Renault M 1:29.829 1.482
6 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:30.16 1.813
7 Sato BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:30.214 1.867
8 Klien Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:30.381 2.034
9 Bernoldi BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:30.54 2.193
10 de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes MP4/19 M 1:31.084 2.737
11 Doornbos Jordan Ford EJ14 B 1:31.096 2.749
12 Rossiter BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:31.201 2.854
13 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:31.888 3.541
14 Montagny Renault Renault Renault M 1:31.942 3.595
15 Jani Red Bull Cosworth Interim M 1:32.7 4.353
16 Caroll BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:33.557 5.210

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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