Teams ready to return to the test track 24 Nov 2003
Eight of the ten Formula One racing teams will resume on-track development this week, as the post-season testing ban comes to an end. Barcelona, Valencia and Paul Ricard are all due to host sessions, with the action kicking off on Tuesday.
Valencia will be the busiest venue, with five of the Michelin-shod teams due at the Spanish circuit. The new McLaren MP4-19 is expected to make its track debut, though the team's star driver, Kimi Raikkonen, may have to wait to sample it following his recent wrist surgery.
McLaren are expected to run from Tuesday to Thursday, as are British rivals Williams. Meanwhile, Renault and Toyota both have four-day programmes planned. Toyota will also be the sole runners at Paul Ricard in France, running a parallel programme over the same four days.
Jaguar will complete the Valencia line-up, with four men due in the cockpit over three days. On Tuesday and Wednesday Mark Webber will be joined by Austrian driver Christian Klien and American Townsend Bell, the former getting his very first taste of Formula One power. Justin Wilson will run alongside Webber on Thursday.
Three of the five Bridgestone teams are expected at Barcelona, including world champions Ferrari. Giancarlo Fisichella will be at the wheel for Sauber in his first test for his new team, while BAR will conduct their first session with new tyre suppliers Michelin.
Check back throughout the week for updates on all the teams' progress.
Note: all schedules are provisional and subject to change.
See also: Jaguar to test Klien and Bell in November