Jerez Test Day Four - Ralf top in FW26 11 Jan 2004
Ralf Schumacher was the fastest man around Jerez on Saturday as the new Williams FW26 continued its domination of this week's test session. It was Schumacher's first full day in the team's 2004 challenger and the German quickly took over where team mate Juan Pablo Montoya left off, comfortably out-pacing the second-placed McLaren of David Coulthard.
Schumacher completed a trouble-free 80 laps, concentrating on mechanical set-ups, while Williams test driver Marc Gene began a race-weekend simulation in an FW25B, the Spaniard setting the day's fourth fastest time.
Takuma Sato was the leading BAR driver, the Japanese putting in over 100 laps of Jerez on his way to third spot. Test driver Anthony Davidson had a difficult morning thanks to another Honda engine failure, but still managed over 90 laps, splitting the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer in the timesheets.
It was the fourth and final day of testing this week for the world champions, with their two drivers completing a programme of tyre and electronics development which began on Wednesday.
Toyota skipped Saturday' session but are due to return with Ricardo Zonta when testing continues on Sunday.
Unofficial Saturday times from Jerez:
1. Ralf Schumacher, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.319
2. David Coulthard, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.072
3. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:17.923
4. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:18.137
5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.606
6. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.808
7. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.792
8. Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.872