Formula One teams back in action across Europe
Formula One testing is due to take place across no less than seven circuits this week, as the teams carry out their final on-track preparations for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on May 9.
Fresh from their fourth win of the season at Imola, Ferrari are due to test for four days, from Tuesday through Friday, at both the Monza and Mugello circuits in Italy. For the first three days at Mugello they will be joined by Toyota, who will have Ricardo Zonta and Cristiano da Matta in action on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Olivier Panis taking over from da Matta for Thursday.
The Japanese squad, who are still to score in 2004, will also be running Australian tester Ryan Briscoe at the Paul Ricard circuit in France over the same three days.
British rivals McLaren and Williams have both opted to stay close to home at Silverstone. McLaren, fifth in the constructors championship after San Marino on five points, will test for three days. Alexander Wurz and David Coulthard kick off on Tuesday; Kimi Raikkonen will join on Wednesday; and Pedro de la Rosa takes over from Coulthard for the final day.
Williams, joint third in the standings with BAR, have a four-day Silverstone programme planned. Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia will be at the wheel of the FW26 on Tuesday; Gene and Ralf Schumacher on Wednesday; Schumacher and Pizzonia on Thursday; and Gene alone on Friday.
Renault, who took another nine points away from Imola to put them a clear second in the standings, will also be at Silverstone from Tuesday through Thursday. Jarno Trulli and Franck Montagny will be in the R24 cockpit, working on further improvements to the B-spec RS24 V10 engine the team debuted in San Marino.
Following retirements for both Nick Heidfeld and Giorgio Pantano at Imola, Jordan will have three days at Vairano in Italy to work on their reliability problems. German test driver Timo Glock will be at the wheel of the EJ14 from Tuesday through Thursday.
Finally, Jaguar will spend Friday at the Lommel testing facility in Belgium, carrying out straight-line work with the R5.
Note, all schedules are provisional and remain subject to change.