Wet weekend for the Michelin teams 13 Dec 2004
Six of the Michelin-shod Formula One teams stayed on at Jerez in Spain over the weekend for some wet-weather tyre testing, using an artificially-dampened track surface.
On Saturday it was Nick Heidfeld who shone for Williams in the slippery conditions, the German completing over 100 laps on his way to a best time of 1m 27.784s, almost a second faster than the Renault of Franck Montagny.
Also running on Saturday were McLaren, Red Bull, Toyota and BAR, all with one driver in action. Takuma Sato was the only other man to record over 100 laps, though all the others managed at least 60, providing Michelin with plenty of valuable data in preparation for their 2005 world championship campaign.
Just four teams remained at the track for Sundays session, which saw varying degrees of wetness applied to the circuit, hence rendering the comparison of drivers' lap times somewhat meaningless.
All the Formula One teams will now be taking a break from major testing, with the next multi-team session not planned until the week beginning January 10, 2005.
Unofficial Saturday times from Jerez:
1. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:27.784
2. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:28.625
3. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:28.666
4. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:29.327
5. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:29.605
6. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:29.663
Unofficial Sunday times from Jerez:
1. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:26.955
2. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:30.111
3. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:30.459
4. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:31.517