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Sauber conclude Silverstone programme 14 May 2004

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Sauber Petronas C23 in the garage.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Imola, Italy, 24 April 2004

Sauber wrapped up their three-day Silverstone test on Thursday, with Giancarlo Fisichella adding another 108 laps to the Swiss team’s tally for the week.

In conditions described by the team as “friendly”, Fisichella set a best time of 1m 18.382s in the C23 around the 5.141km British Grand Prix circuit.

"In the morning we have done some set-up work for the next races,” reported race engineer Mike Krack. “Later we assessed a new front wing and worked with Bridgestone on the tyre construction for the races in Montreal and Indianapolis.

"Overall I can say that thanks to good weather and track conditions all three days through we were able to run a good test and could complete the whole programme of the week."

Sauber will next be testing at Monza from June 1-4.

Ferrari were also in action on Thursday. Michael Schumacher drove 108 laps at Fiorano, with a best time of 56.342s, continuing with preparation work for the Monaco Grand Prix, trying tyres and new components. And at Mugello, Rubens Barrichello completed 76 laps on a similar programme, setting a fastest time of 1m 19.737s.

The world champions continue work on Friday, with Barrichello taking over from Schumacher at Fiorano and Luca Badoer behind the wheel at Mugello.