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Day 3 - rain again disrupts Silverstone test 30 Apr 2004

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW26. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 28 April 2004. World © Capilitan/Sutton

Thursday was another wash-out at Silverstone, with a waterlogged circuit and constant rain severely limiting any meaningful running. In the end it was Antonio Pizzonia who again set the pace, from fellow Williams driver Ralf Schumacher.

Pizzonia managed 28 laps – more than any other driver – on his way to a best time of 1m 32.449s, around eight tenths quicker than Schumacher, as both men continued work on wet-weather tyres and set-up.

Alexander Wurz was third fastest, ahead of Pedro de la Rosa, with Kimi Raikkonen completing the McLaren line-up in sixth. The trio completed less than 40 laps between them, though, as the rain swamped the British Grand Prix circuit.

Renault’s Jarno Trulli did just a single lap in the R24, with Franck Montagny adding a further ten, but the team left frustrated after losing two out of three days this week to the weather.

“We managed to work on the tyres and aerodynamics on Tuesday but of course, it is particularly inconvenient to lose two days of running at an important stage of our development of the R24,” commented Pat Symonds, their Executive Director of Engineering.

Unofficial Thursday times from Silverstone:
1. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:32.448
2. Ralf Schumacher, Williams, (Michelin), 1:33.236
3. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:34.002
4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:34.028
5. Franck Montagny, Renault, (Michelin), 1:41.011
6. Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren (Michelin), 1:44.104
7. Jarno Trulli, Renault, (Michelin), no time