Sauber Speak
Monza Test Underway to Prepare for Italian GP
By SAUBER PETRONAS
August 24 2005

Team SAUBER PETRONAS started its three-day test at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza today. Jacques Villeneuve covered 96 laps in chassis C24-05 to set a best time of 1:22.891s. He will continue tomorrow before Felipe Massa will take over to complete the test on Friday.


Paul Russell (Test Engineer):

"The focus of our test programme this week will obviously be the preparation for the Italian Grand Prix next week. Today we have worked a lot on the aerodynamic side but also on the set-up for Monza. The test was going quite well and without technical problems, and we were able to assess all different configurations which we had planned to check.

"Tomorrow we will confirm the aerodynamic configuration for the next race and further work on the set-up for Jacques’ car. We have also planned to start the tyre selection for Monza, and by the end of the day we should be able to finalise the race specification for Jacques. On Friday Felipe will continue the tyre programme, and by comparing both drivers’ evaluations we will make our tyre choice."

P Driver Team Engine Car Tyre Best Lap Gap
1 Montoya McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:19.887 -:--.---
2 Alonso Renault Renault R25 M 1:20.869 0.982
3 Fisichella Renault Renault R25 M 1:21.316 1.429
4 Wurz McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:21.698 1.811
5 de la Rosa McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:21.924 2.037
6 Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 M 1:21.971 2.084
7 Coulthard Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:22.005 2.118
8 Zonta Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:22.01 2.123
9 Badoer Ferrari Ferrari F2005 B 1:22.306 2.419
10 Massa Ferrari Ferrari F2005 B 1:22.425 2.538
11 Webber Williams BMW FW27 M 1:22.491 2.604
12 Villeneuve SAUBER PETRONAS C24 M 1:22.891 3.004
13 Rosberg Williams BMW FW27 M 1:22.962 3.075
14 Liuzzi Red Bull Cosworth RB1 M 1:23.184 3.297
15 Montiero Jordan Ford EJ15 B 1:24.67 4.783
16 Panis Toyota Toyota TF105 M 1:27.961 8.074