Record track debut for Ferrari F2004 02 Feb 2004
Michael Schumacher brought the Ferrari F2004's maiden three-day test session to a close on Sunday. Having broken Fiorano's unofficial lap record on Saturday, the world champion lowered it yet again on Sunday.
Schumacher managed just 34 laps on Friday, but then put in 100 on Saturday with a fastest time of 56.279s, narrowly beating his own previous best for the circuit, set last year in the F2003-GA. On Sunday he completed another 115 laps and dipped below the 56s mark for the first time, with a 55.999s flyer.
"I am satisfied with this first session," declared Schumacher. "I immediately got a positive feel from the car, but the most important thing is that we managed to cover about 700 kilometres without the slightest problem."
Also on track at Fiorano for the first two days was test driver Luca Badoer. The Italian completed an electronics programme at the wheel of an F2003-GA, running just over 100 laps with a best time of 56.852.
Ferrari will resume testing on Monday at Barcelona, along with several of the other Formula One teams, again with Luca Badoer and an F2003-GA.