Three-day Valencia test gets underway 27 Jan 2004
Testing action switches to the Spanish circuit of Valencia this week, where the majority of the Formula One teams are due to continue their 2004 development schedules ahead of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 7.
Ferrari and Sauber will spearhead Bridgestone's tyre programme, along with Minardi, who will be making their first testing appearance of 2004. As is as often the case, Ferrari's work will not be restricted to just the one venue. Michael Schumacher is expected to give the new F2004 its track debut at Fiorano later in the week.
Williams will be putting more mileage on the FW26, with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya to be joined by test driver Marc Gene, and Renault will have Jarno Trulli and Franck Montagny in action with the new R24 car. Meanwhile, Jaguar will have Swedish driver Bjorn Wirdheim in the cockpit for at least one day, as the team continue their hunt for a full-time tester.
Fellow Michelin runners Toyota and BAR are also expected to participate. The only notable absentees are McLaren, who tested alone at Valencia last week. All line-ups and schedules remain subject to change.