Testing roundup - Sato tops wet test at Jerez 15 Dec 2003
Five teams stayed on at Jerez on Friday to conduct a wet-weather test with tyre suppliers Michelin. After running in naturally wet conditions on Monday and Tuesday, the circuit had to be artificially watered to allow the drivers to complete the programme.
Fastest of those drivers was BAR's Takuma Sato, who did well over 100 laps on his way to the day's best time, comfortably out-pacing McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa in the new MP4-19. Christian Klien was third quickest for Jaguar, ahead of the Williams of Marc Gene and Ricardo Zonta's Toyota. Like Sato, all three drivers completed at least a century of laps.
"It was a very promising day and with good reliability, we were able to achieve over one hundred laps," reported Zonta. "This was the final day of testing in 2003, so we are all going to enjoy a little break over Christmas and New Year before the TF104 car is launched in the middle of January and 2004 preparation really get underway."
Meanwhile, at Fiorano Ferrari completed the third and final day of their programme there. Once again, Luciano Burti was on track, driving both an F2002 and an F2003-GA. The day's work centred on tyre and electronics testing. Burti covered a total of 105 laps (12 on the short version of the track: 34 with the F2002 and 71 with the F2003-GA. His best time was a 58.594.
Testing is now over for 2003.
Unofficial Friday times from Jerez:
1. Takuma Sato, BAR, 1:27.252
2. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren, 1:28.001
3. Christian Klien, Jaguar, 1:29.135
4. Marc Gene, Williams, 1:29.341
5. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota, 1:30.503
See also: Monday test update
See also: Tuesday test update
See also: Wednesday test update
See also: Thursday test update