Pre-Silverstone testing schedule 08 Jul 2003
The coming week will be among the busiest of the year for Formula One testing as the teams try to complete as much development work as possible ahead of the summer testing ban that comes into force following the British Grand Prix.
After this week the teams are not due to test again until after the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 24. And with three teams in definite contention for the constructors' championship, everyone knows they must make the very most of the limited time available.
After successive losses to Williams at the last two rounds of the season, Ferrari will be pulling out all the stops to close the performance gap to their rivals. The reigning champions will be working closely with tyre suppliers Bridgestone at Barcelona between July 8 and 11. They will also be on track at Mugello from Tuesday to Thursday and at Fiorano on Friday and Saturday.
Key opponents Williams and McLaren will also be present at Barcelona for the four days, as their tyre supplier Michelin seeks to retain its recent edge over Bridgestone. For McLaren it will be another crucial opportunity to test its new MP4-18, whose race debut is still to be confirmed.
Ralf Schumacher and Marc Gene will conduct the bulk of Williams' work this week. However, the team will also be giving another testing opportunity to 18-year-old Estonian driver Marko Asmer on Tuesday.
Also on track at Barcelona will be Sauber (Tuesday to Thursday) and Toyota (Tuesday to Friday). Renault, Jaguar and BAR all have three-day programmes scheduled there from Wednesday, while Jordan will conduct a two-day test on Wednesday and Thursday.
Check back throughout the week to find out how the teams are progressing. All schedules are provisional.