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Badoer flies on final day at Monza 07 Jun 2004

(L to R): Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari Test Driver and Balbir Singh (IND) Ferrari Trainer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 3 April 2004

Ferrari’s Luca Badoer easily outpaced his fellow testers on Friday, as the week’s Canadian Grand Prix preparations drew to a close.

The Italian worked at Fiorano in the morning, shaking down the F2004s to be used at Montreal, before switching to Monza in the afternoon. He put in 46 laps of a new component and Bridgestone tyre development programme, with a fastest time of 1m 19.659s.

That time was comfortably ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella’s best of 1m 21.169s as he wrapped up Sauber’s four-day programme at the Italian Grand Prix circuit.

"In the morning we continued our programme, before we changed the engine that had reached its maximum mileage,” explained Giampaolo Dall'Ara, Sauber race engineer. “We then evaluated a new front tyre construction for Bridgestone and did some aerodynamics work.

"Overall it was a productive four-day test. We could complete our planned programme although we had lost some time on day two. We were able to decide on the aero and brake configuration for Montreal and Indianapolis and choose the tyres for these two races. In addition we could also do some set-up work in view of the Italian Grand Prix."

Third fastest was Toyota test driver Ryan Briscoe. The Australian, who completed close to 100 laps in the TF104, reported positive progress, despite a close encounter with some unlikely wildlife.

"Friday morning was excellent, doing some brake testing and lots of long runs to look at the Indianapolis tyres – all with no problems on the car,” he said. “In the afternoon we did some work on clutches and electronics.

“Monza is a great track to drive in an F1 car – you can feel the speed because it's one of the few remaining circuits with really long straights. But I had one strange incident when I hit a snake at one of the Lesmo corners. I didn't notice it at the time, but my mechanics found what was left of it in my sidepod when I got back to the pits. I hit a bird at my last test in France, so who knows what will be next..."

At McLaren, Pedro de la Rosa took over from David Coulthard in the MP4-19. The Spaniard completed a mammoth 120 laps on his way to the fourth fastest time, with Ferrari development driver Andrea Bertolini completing the line-up after 23 laps of an aerodynamic development programme.

Conditions at Monza for Friday’s session were clear, then cloudy, with a track temperature high of 43 degrees Celsius. The next Formula One tests will take place in the week following the United States Grand Prix on June 20.

Unofficial Friday times from Monza:
1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:19.659
2. Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber (Bridgestone), 1:21.169
3. Ryan Briscoe, Toyota (Michelin), 1:21.870
4. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:21.883
5. Andrea Bertonlini, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:28.281