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SAUBER Still off the Pace as Testing Resumes

By Jamie Makin
April 10 2005

Team SAUBER PETRONAS started their first test since the season began at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain today. Jacques Villeneuve was at the wheel of chassis C24-05 and set a best time of 1:18.100. Unfortunately for Villeneuve and the team, that time fell 3.7 seconds short of the days quickest driver, Pedro de la Rosa in his McLaren Mercedes. Villeneuve came closest to the time of Olivier Panis' Toyota, who was just under a second ahead of him. With twelve other drivers from seven other teams present, SAUBER knows they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

Even though today's test focused evaluating new parts and working on car setup, the results were not the encouragement the team hoped for. "The two main issues this week will be aerodynamic work and testing here in Barcelona the last time before May race preparation for the Spanish Grand Prix," explained race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara.

"Today we focused on set-up and aerodynamic work and were able to find some valuable results. However, we are still not where we want to be and need to work on it. Tomorrow we have also planned to run Michelin tyre tests."

SAUBER will spend two more days at the Spanish circuit with Villeneuve on duty again tomorrow and Massa taking over on Friday.

For full 2005 pre-season test results click here.

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:14.398 -:--.---
2 Zonta Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:14.510 0.112
3 Coulthard Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:14.715 0.317
4 Alonso Renault Renault R25 M 1:14.951 0.553
5 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:15.200 0.802
6 Heidfeld Williams BMW FW27 M 1:15.344 0.946
7 Pizzonia Williams BMW FW27 M 1:15.448 1.050
8 Fisichella Renault Renault R25 M 1:15.455 1.057
9 Davidson BAR Honda BAR007 M 1:15.498 1.100
10 Gene Ferrari Ferrari F2005 B 1:15.726 1.328
11 Button BAR Honda BAR007 M 1:16.119 1.721
12 Panis Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:17.120 2.722
13 Villeneuve SAUBER PETRONAS C24 M 1:18.100 3.702

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