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Jerez Day Four - Villeneuve does it again 06 Dec 2004

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) Sauber Petronas C23. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 2 December 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton

Sauber’s Jacques Villeneuve topped the times for the second successive day on Friday, as testing was again conducted on a rain-soaked Jerez circuit. Villeneuve wrapped up the Swiss team’s three-day programme with 81 laps and a best of 1m 28.347s.

"The weather we experienced the last three days was not what you wish for testing, but I believe we were still able to cope with it pretty well,” said Sauber race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara.

“Because of those bad conditions we couldn't run our programme as originally planned, but we moved our focus to more Michelin tyre work and in this way still learnt quite a lot.

“It also helped us to further gain knowledge of Jacques' driving style, and for him it was a valuable time to acclimatise to the car and the team. Jacques and Felipe (Massa) covered altogether more than 950 kilometres and we didn't experience technical problems, which speaks for reliability and consistency. Overall I'm happy with what we've done."

Ferrari moved up the timesheets to finish second and third thanks to the efforts of test drivers Luca Badoer and Marc Gene. The Italian and the Spaniard were again working on a programme of Bridgestone tyre and new component development.

Ralf Schumacher was fourth fastest in the sole Toyota, Jarno Trulli sitting the session out with an eye problem, ahead of the Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella, the McLaren of Alexander Wurz and Red Bull’s Christian Klien.

Takuma Sato was the quickest of four BAR men in action, the Japanese driver eighth in the times with Enrique Bernoldi 14th. Both men worked on tyres, with Sato also running through a suspension evaluation. The team also gave tests to British Formula Three stars James Rossiter and Adam Carroll, who went 11th and 15th respectively.

"It's been a difficult three days in Jerez this week,” said Andrew Alsworth, BAR’s test team manager. “The ever-changing weather has caused constant disruption to our programme, however we have been able to get some useful data by running through a series of Michelin wet tyre evaluations. We are now hoping for much better conditions for next week's five-day test programme."

Completing Friday’s team line-up at Jerez were Jordan, who once again had Robert Doornbos at the wheel, the Dutchman finishing the day tenth after close to 80 laps of the Spanish circuit.

Unofficial Friday times from Jerez:
1. Jacques Villeneuve, Sauber (Michelin), 1:28.347
2. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:29.206
3. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:29.469
4. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:29.528
5. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault (Michelin), 1:29.829
6. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:30.143
7. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:30.381
8. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:30.880
9. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:31.073
10. Robert Doornbos, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:31.096
11. James Rossiter, BAR (Michelin), 1:31.201
12. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:31.888
13. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:31.942
14. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:32.409
15. Adam Carroll, BAR (Michelin), 1:33.557