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Testing update - Ferrari finish on top 06 Jun 2003

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Austrian Grand Prix, A1-Ring, Austria, 16 May 2003

Formula One testing continued on Thursday, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa topping the times at the biggest session at Monza. The Brazilian driver, carrying out a long-run test in the F2003-GA, recorded a best lap of 1m 22.837s.

BAR's Takuma Sato, who will definitely be in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, was second fastest (1m 22.933s) as the team continued testing a new-specification Honda engine. Pedro de la Rosa was third for McLaren in the MP4-17D (1m 22.933s), ahead of the Williams of Marc Gene (1m 22.976s).

Anthony Davidson was fifth quickest in the second BAR (1m 23.449s), followed by the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld (1m 23.481s). The Swiss team finished their programme of aerodynamic tests for the Montreal and Monza races, as well as Bridgestone tyre assessment in preparation for the French Grand Prix later in the season.

Toyota's Olivier Panis completed the Monza timesheets (1m 24.048s), as the Japanese squad continued testing their new specification V10 engine. Despite some minor technical glitches, Panis completed almost 50 laps of the Italian circuit.

Meanwhile, at Silverstone, it was the Williams of Ralf Schumacher that topped the times (1m 19.79s), ahead of the two Renaults of Jarno Trulli (1m 20.64s) and Fernando Alonso (1m 21.49s). Williams finalised their programme of extensive tyre testing and engine endurance running for BMW.

At Renault, Trulli worked on aerodynamics and general car set-up, together with a tyre test in preparation for the forthcoming race in Canada, while Alonso evaluated tyres for the French and British Grands Prix, then focussed on chassis set-up of the R23.

Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 21.64s) and Ralph Firman (1m 21.66s) were fourth and fifth fastest respectively at Silverstone, as Jordan completed their two-day session. Their itinerary included Cosworth engine development, control systems tests, gearbox work, aerodynamic comparisons and Bridgestone's tyre test programme.

Toyota's Ricardo Zonta set the final Silverstone time (1m 22.59s) as he worked on car balance, Michelin tyre tests and aerodynamics in preparation for next month's British Grand Prix at the circuit.

That wraps up this week's multi-team sessions, though Williams are expected to carry out some straight-line work at Silverstone on Friday.

All times are unofficial.