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Monza Day One - Badoer sets the pace 02 Jun 2004

Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari Test Driver in the garage.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 2 April 2004

Ferrari’s Luca Badoer topped the times at a warm but overcast Monza on Tuesday as four days’ of testing got underway at the Italian circuit.

Badoer, at the wheel of the F2004, was tackling an aerodynamics and tyre programme in preparation for the back-to-back Canadian and United States Grands Prix. The Italian test driver completed a total of 86 laps, the quickest being a 1m 21.450s.

Second fastest was the Williams of Ralf Schumacher, who worked on set-up and tyres for the forthcoming Indianapolis race. The German driver completed 57 trouble-free laps at the wheel of the FW26, with a best time of 1m 21.657s, just ahead of Anthony Davidson, carrying out a similar programme for BAR.

The Toyotas of Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta were fourth and sixth respectively, split by the Sauber of Felipe Massa, who began the Swiss team’s four-day test in the C23.

"The overall purpose of this week's test is the evaluation of our latest aerodynamic package in preparation to the forthcoming back-to-back races in Montreal and Indianapolis,” said Sauber Race Engineer, Giampaolo Dall'Ara.

“Our main focus will be on assessing new parts resulting from our wind tunnel work and particularly on different front and rear wings. As the next two races, especially the Canadian Grand Prix, are also hard on brakes we will carry out some tests in this area too.

"Unfortunately it started to drizzle after the lunch break. Given that we decided not to do too many runs this afternoon and moved the programme to the next days. Particularly on Thursday and Friday we will also concentrate on Bridgestone tyre construction work in preparation for the forthcoming European races."

Testing continues at Monza on Wednesday.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Monza:
1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:21.450
2. Ralf Schumacher, Williams (Michelin), 1:21.657
3. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:22.130
4. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:23.038
5. Felipe Massa, Sauber (Bridgestone), 1:23.041
6. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:23.649