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More of the Same in Final Day at Jerez

By Jamie Makin
February 10 2005

Team SAUBER PETRONAS completed its three-day test at the Circuito Permanente de Jerez today with comparable results to the prior two days. Felipe Massa was the fastest SAUBER with a time of 1:17.273 and 109 laps. His time only ranked him fifth fastest of the day's sixteen runners, but remains consistent for the week. Teammate Jacques Villeneuve again struggled and has admitted he needs more time to adapt to the C24. He ran 110 laps but could only manage a best time of 1:19.022.

Despite Villeneuve's frustrations, part of the times are a result of different test programmes between the two drivers. "Today we compared different pre-selected Michelin tyres in long-runs to simulate race conditions whereby Felipe focused on preparations for the Australian Grand Prix and Jacques on Sepang," explained Jacky Eeckelaert, the team's Chief Race Engineer. "Jacques also ran further damper tests. He was forced to stop just before the end of today's test session due to technical problems which now need to be investigated."

"Despite of the bad weather and track conditions on Tuesday morning we were able to complete our scheduled programme for the week. Compared to our last test in Barcelona we improved the car and made progress. We believe that we can expect another step forward at our final pre-season test in Imola."

That test will take place from 19 to 21 February and both drivers are expected to be in action all three days.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Alonso Renault Renault R25 M 1:15.732 -:--.---
2 Montoya McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:16.448 0.716
3 Fisichella Renault Renault R25 M 1:16.654 0.922
4 Trulli Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:16.743 1.011
5 Massa SAUBER PETRONAS C24 M 1:17.273 1.541
6 Coulthard Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:17.526 1.794
7 R Schumacher Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:17.773 2.041
8 Button BAR Honda BAR007 M 1:17.989 2.257
9 Webber Williams BMW FW27 M 1:18.048 2.316
10 M Schumacher Ferrari Ferrari F2004M B 1:18.119 2.387
11 Sato BAR Honda BAR006 M 1:18.150 2.418
12 Barrichello Ferrari Ferrari F2004M B 1:18.266 2.534
13 Klien Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:18.517 2.785
14 Heidfeld Williams BMW FW27 M 1:18.735 3.003
15 Villeneuve SAUBER PETRONAS C24 M 1:19.022 3.290
16 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:20.118 4.386

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

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