Schumacher leads final day in Barcelona 28 Jun 2004
Ferraris Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of the week at Barcelona on Friday as the four-day test drew to a close.
Schumacher, who, along with Luca Badoer, concluded the Italian teams programme of tyre testing and car development, did 110 laps in fine and dry conditions on his way to a best of 1m 14.679s, outpacing the Renault of Fernando Alonso by over half a second.
Felipe Massa was third fastest for Sauber after 109 laps in the C23. The Brazilian helped to validate aerodynamic data gathered by the team over the previous two days and assessed new dampers. The team also worked with Bridgestone on tyre constructions for Silverstone and the following summer races.
"Overall it was a good test for us which went without technical problems and proved once again the reliability of the car, reported Sauber Race Engineer Mike Krack. We ran a lot of laps which enabled us to gather valuable data."
Jaguar were the final team in action at the Circuit de Catalunya. Bjorn Wirdheim was the only man at the wheel of the R5 following Christian Kliens withdrawal with a badly cut finger. The Swede was fifth fastest, splitting Badoers Ferrari and the Renault of test driver Franck Montagny.
Unofficial Friday times from Barcelona:
1. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone) 1:14.679
2. Fernando Alonso, Renault (Michelin) 1:15.382
3. Felipe Massa, Sauber (Bridgestone), 1:15.952
4. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone) 1:16.186
5. Bjorn Wirdheim, Jaguar (Michelin) 1:16.924
6. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin) 1:17.074