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Sauber and Ferrari run solo tests 12 May 2004

Felipe Massa (BRA) Sauber Petronas C23 in the pits.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain, 7 May 2004

As most of their rivals were busy at Paul Ricard on Tuesday, Sauber and Ferrari chose to run in private. The Swiss team had Felipe Massa in action at Silverstone, while the world champions had cars at both the Fiorano and Mugello circuits.

Sauber started their three-day test at the British track in dry but foggy conditions, with Massa covering a total of 99 laps in the C23 to set a best time of 1m 19.060s on the Grand Prix track and a best time of 40.380s on the National Circuit.

"The overall purpose of this week's test is the preparation for the forthcoming races,” explained Sauber race engineer Mike Krack. “Today we were not able to start our work until 11.30 am due to foggy weather conditions, but despite of this loss of time we could complete our programme for today.

“We compared different rear wings and assessed Bridgestone front tyre constructions. Later we decided to run on the shorter National Circuit at Silverstone as we also planned to evaluate the tyre construction for the next race. The Grand Prix track had been too hard on this type of Bridgestone tyres and hence would have not given us the data we were looking for."

At Fiorano, Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher was at the wheel of the F2004, working on tyre development for the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix. The German driver completed a total of 144 laps, 30 of them on the short version of the track. His best time was a 56.386s. Schumacher continues testing at Fiorano on Wednesday.

Also in an F2004, but at Mugello, was Luca Badoer. There, the technical programme centred on tyres and new components, in preparation for the next few rounds on the Formula One calendar. Badoer covered a total of 94 laps (39 on the short course,) with a best time of 1m 20.806s. The Italian continues on Wednesday.