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Testing Conditions Less Than Ideal Today


By Jamie Makin
January 30 2005

The weather was cold and overcast in Barcelona, Spain today leaving team SAUBER PETRONAS with less than ideal conditions for testing. The team continued to struggle with pace and setup although the 128 laps put in by Felipe Massa show that the C24 continues to be reliable. Massa's best time of 1:18.293 fell about two and a half seconds short of the Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Luca Badoer, the only other team present at the session. These times are comparable to the ones set by the same teams at yesterday's cold and windy test.

"Again we struggled with the low temperatures," said race engineer Mike Krack, "but overall the weather and track conditions got better compared to yesterday. We mainly focused on long-runs and worked on the set-up to improve the car's balance, and made quite good progress. We also did some aerodynamic parts assessments at the end of the test day. Running 126 trouble-free laps, which equals almost two race distances, shows the high reliability of the C24 and leaves us feeling positive as this will be an even more important issue in the forthcoming season."

SAUBER will conclude the Barcelona test tomorrow with Jacques Villeneuve behind the wheel.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2004M B 1:15.668 -:--.---
2 M Schumacher Ferrari Ferrari F2004M B 1:15.902 0.234
3 Massa SAUBER PETRONAS C24 M 1:18.293 2.625

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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