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This week’s testing - Jerez and Vallelunga 08 Dec 2003

Nicolas Kiesa (DEN) Minardi Cosworth PS03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 3 August 2003

This week sees the last major testing session of 2003, with eight of the ten Formula One teams expected to again take to the Jerez circuit in Spain. All will be hoping for better weather following the rain that blighted much of last week's session.

Ferrari are expected to have their team of testers in action, with Luca Badoer kicking off proceedings on Monday, alongside BAR and Sauber. The rest of the field, with the exceptions of Jordan and Minardi, are then due to join the test from Tuesday.

After spending the last two weeks at the wheel of a Ferrari, Felipe Massa will switch to Sauber - the team he will race for in 2004. Massa is scheduled to run from Monday to Wednesday, before handing over to test driver Neel Jani for the final day of the Swiss team's programme.

Among the other highlights of the week will be the first Formula One outing for Chinese driver Ho-Pin Tung who will make his testing debut with Williams on Thursday. The drive is reward for his winning this year's Formula BMW Asia series.

Renault will be giving a one-day test to Satoshi Motoyama, the Japanese GT and Formula Nippon champion, who has close links with Renault's sister company Nissan. It will not be Motoyama's first Formula One experience - he drove for Jordan in the Friday morning test session at October's Japanese Grand Prix.

Minardi will also be testing this week at the Italian circuit of Vallelunga, from Wednesday through Friday. Among those scheduled to run for the team are Argentina's Jose-Maria Lopez and Finland's Heikki Kovalainen (both of whom tested for Renault last week), plus Italian driver Fabrizio Del Monte. One of Minardi's regular 2003 drivers will also be present to conduct a 2004 development programme.

Away from the test track, Michael Schumacher is due back in the cockpit of the Ferrari F2003-GA on Thursday. The world champion will take on a Eurofighter jet plane in a straight-line speed contest at the Grosseto airport in Italy.

Please note all schedules are provisional and subject to change.

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