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Jerez Day Two - Massa fastest 02 Dec 2004

Felipe Massa (BRA) Sauber. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton Nick Heidfeld (GER) Williams FW26. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004.World © McNeil/Sutton  Cristijan Albers (NDL) Jordan EJ14. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton Alan van der Merwe (RSA) BAR 006. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 1 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton

Sauber topped the timesheets at Jerez on Wednesday in a test session run in a mixture of wet and dry track conditions. Felipe Massa was almost two seconds faster around the Spanish circuit than nearest rival, Toyota’s Jarno Trulli.

With Williams having run solo on Tuesday, another six teams joined the action for the week’s second day of 2005 preparations. Massa put in 60 laps in his Michelin-shod C23 on his way to the best time. He will hand over to team mate Jacques Villeneuve on Thursday.

"The mixed weather was not very helpful today and under such conditions I normally wouldn't say that it was a positive day,” said Sauber race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara. “But even we were not able to run as many laps as planned, we could still learn a lot and the day was finally productive as the quick lap times show. We further adapted the car to the Michelin tyres and did some aerodynamic data validation as well as worked on the mechanical set-up.”

While Trulli was second, Toyota team mate Ralf Schumacher ended the day eighth after technical problems and a minor brush with the Jerez barriers limited his running with the Japanese squad and their TF104B machine.

Mark Webber led the Williams charge in third place. The Australian was joined by Nick Heidfeld, getting his first test with the team as they continue their hunt for a second 2005 race driver. Heidfeld was tenth quickest, over two seconds down on Webber, as he worked on traction control evaluations. Both Williams men put in over 100 laps.

BAR had no less than four drivers in action. Enrique Bernoldi and Takuma Sato were fourth and sixth fastest respectively. They were joined by 2003 British Formula Three champion Alan van der Merve and the runner-up from this year’s series, Adam Carroll. Both men were getting their first taste of Formula One power as part of the team’s driver development programme and it was van der Merve who was the quicker in 12th place, three spots and around five seconds up on Carroll.

Luca Badoer outpaced fellow Ferrari tester Marc Gene as the pair ran around 100 laps of Bridgestone tyre and component development. They finished the day in fifth and 11th spots respectively.

Meanwhile, Red Bull continued their winter test programme with driving duties again carried out by Vitantonio Liuzzi, seventh at the wheel of the interim R5C chassis, and Christian Klien, who went ninth in the R5. Swiss driver Neel Jani will test for the team on Friday.

Finally, Jordan began their first test since the season-ending Brazilian race with a double-Dutch line-up. Former Minardi tester Christijan Albers went 13th fastest, with Robert Doornbos, who carried out third driver duties for Jordan at the last three Grands Prix of 2004, 14th. Both men were at the wheel of the interim EJ14 with Cosworth power.

Elsewhere, Ferrari were also at work at their private Fiorano circuit, where Andrea Bertolini focussed on new mechanical components. The Ferrari Maserati Group test driver completed a total of 55 laps, 21 of them on the short version of the track, with a best time of 1m 03.951s.

Testing continues at both Jerez and Fiorano on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Felipe Massa, Sauber (Michelin), 1:17.498
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:19.290
3. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:20.163
4. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:20.366
5. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:21.658
6. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:21.715
7. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:21.892
8. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:22.083
9. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:22.721
10. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:22.722
11. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:23.193
12. Alan van der Merwe, BAR (Michelin), 1:23.714
13. Christijan Albers, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:24.463
14. Robert Doornbos, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:25.324
15. Adam Carroll, BAR (Michelin), 1:28.860