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Schumacher tops final day at Monza 05 Sep 2003

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2003-GA indicates for the engine to be started.
Formula One World Championship, Rd10, French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours, France, 5 July 2003

This week's Monza test session drew to a close on Friday morning, with Ferrari and Williams the only teams still present. Michael Schumacher again topped the times, improving on his Thursday best by around half a second.

Schumacher put in just over 60 laps of the Italian Grand Prix circuit as Ferrari finalised their on-track preparations for next weekend's race. Team mate Rubens Barrichello was second fastest, just a fraction behind in the timesheets, while test driver Luca Badoer was fifth quickest.

Splitting the Ferraris were the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gene, who completed another 100 plus laps between them. Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, expects to be fully fit in time to rejoin the team for first practice at Monza next Friday, following his accident earlier this week.

Both teams appeared to have a largely trouble-free morning, though Schumacher's F2003-GA did stop on track at the very end of the session. Ferrari will again be testing on Saturday, this time at Fiorano.

Unofficial Friday times from Monza:

1. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 1:20.823
2. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 1:20.854
3. Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 1:21.052
4. Marc Gene, Williams, 1:21.487
5. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:21.868