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Who is testing where this week? 30 Nov 2004

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams BMW FW26. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton 
Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) McLaren MP4/19B. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF104B Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © Hartley/Sutton

The focus of Formula One activity switches to another Spanish circuit this week as a number of teams take to the track at Jerez to continue their preparations for the 2005 season.

Williams are due to kick off proceedings today (Tuesday) when they commence a three-day programme with Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia. The BMW-powered squad will continue work on their interim car and hope to solve a number of teething problems they encountered during last week’s Barcelona session.

Anthony Davidson was also due to test for Williams this week, but it remains unclear whether this will go ahead after current employers BAR said they were blocking the move.

BAR have their own busy Jerez programme planned, which is expected to include both the current 006 machine and their transitional 05 Concept car. Test driver Enrique Bernoldi will be joined by Jenson Button and /or Takuma Sato.

The BAR team will also be giving two half-day sessions each in the 006 to rising stars Alan van de Merwe, Adam Carroll and James Rossiter, as part of the team’s Young Driver Programme (see separate story).

Joining the Jerez session on Wednesday will be Sauber (for three days), Red Bull (for three days) and Toyota (for four days). Red Bull will be without former Jaguar tester Bjorn Wirdheim after the team agreed to release the Swede from his contract early last week so that he could pursue other opportunities for 2005.

Also commencing four-day programmes on Wednesday will be two of the three Bridgestone teams, Ferrari and Jordan. For Jordan it will be their first test since the end of the 2004 season. They plan to run Dutch DTM star Christijan Albers in a Cosworth-powered interim chassis on the first day, but have yet to confirm drivers for the rest of the session.

Renault and McLaren are expected to test for three days from Wednesday, when we should see the eagerly-awaited spectacle of Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen going head to head for the first time as team mates.

Elsewhere, Ferrari also have work planned at Fiorano. It was due to get underway on Monday, but heavy fog forced the world champions to cancel the day’s running. The team intend to continue the scheduled wet tyre test on Wednesday, with Andrea Bertolini at the wheel.

Note, all schedules are provisional and subject to change.