Pre-Bahrain testing schedule 23 Mar 2004
Who's working where in the run up to the next race?
With none of the teams having had a chance to test at the newly-completed Bahrain International Circuit, their preparations for the forthcoming first Grand Prix there will inevitably involve an element of estimation. That doesnt mean they wont be hard at work on the test track this week though.
The major multi-team session will take place at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, with four days of running. Kicking off proceedings on Tuesday will be Toyota, with test drivers Ryan Briscoe and Ricardo Zonta in action, and McLaren, who are expected to have Pedro de la Rosa and Alexander Wurz at the wheel of the MP4-19.
Joining them on Wednesday will be Renault, who are due to field test driver Franck Montagny in the latest spec of their 2003 R23 car, BAR and Williams. BAR will be bringing the current 006 car, as well as their developmental 04 Concept Car, and Anthony Davidson will be on driving duty alongside team regulars Jenson Button and Takuma Sato.
Williams will use a total of four drivers during their three days at Paul Ricard. Testers Antonia Pizzonia and Marc Gene will be joined by Ralf Schumacher, while the BMW-powered squad will also be giving an outing to New Zealand driver and reigning IRL champion Scott Dixon on Friday.
Elsewhere, Ferrari will be testing at two circuits in Italy. The world champions are due to run at Mugello from Tuesday through Thursday, with Luca Badoer and Michael Schumacher driving. Badoer will switch to Fiorano on Thursday, with a Bridgestone wet-weather tyre test scheduled there for Friday.
All schedules and line-ups provisional.