The last chance testing saloon 13 Jul 2004
Who tests where in the build-up to Hockenheim
This week is the teams' last opportunity to test before the six-week summer ban kicks in, effectively ending on-track development until the end of August. They will hence be even more eager than usual to get the most out of their time on circuit.
The major session of the week takes place at Jerez in Spain, where McLaren will be among the teams at work. Fresh from their second place at Silverstone, the Mercedes-powered squad will have test drivers Pedro de la Rosa and Alexander Wurz in action for four days, starting on Tuesday.
Williams are expected to have three cars present for Juan Pablo Montoya, Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia when they begin a three-day programme on Wednesday. And at Jaguar, Mark Webber and Christian Klien are due on track as part of the Ford-owned teams two-car, three-day schedule. Ferrari, BAR and Renault are all due at the Spanish track as well.
Toyota will be at Jerez for four days from Tuesday, as they prepare for the introduction of the heavily revised TF104B at Hockenheim, even though the team freely admit many of the new parts will not be on the car until the weekend of the German Grand Prix itself. Test driver Ricardo Zonta will run all four days, with the Brazilian joined by Cristiano da Matta on Tuesday and Wednesday and by Olivier Panis on Thursday.
Silverstone is also provisionally booked for a three-day Formula One test from Tuesday. Kimi Raikkonen first tested the McLaren MP4-19B here and it could be the ideal venue for he and team mate David Coulthard to add further mileage to the car as colleagues de la Rosa and Wurz test in Spain. Jordan, too, may not be able to resist the lure of the British circuit, which is on their factorys doorstep.
What is certain, though, is that any breakthroughs made in testing this week could have a profound impact on the remainder of the season. Ferrari may have the constructors crown all but won, but behind them there is everything to play for. Just 12 points separate Renault and BAR in the battle for second, while Williams, currently fourth, have McLaren only nine points behind them.