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Jerez Day Two - Barrichello ahead 15 Jul 2004

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2004.
Formula One World Championship, British Grand Prix, Rd 11, Practice, Silverstone, England, 9 July 2004

Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello set the pace in the week’s second day of testing at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain on Wednesday.

Barrichello outpaced the BAR of Jenson Button by just under half a second, as he continued to test tyres and new components on the F2004. The Brazilian covered a total of 90 laps, with a best time of 1m 17.571s.

It was BAR’s first of three planned days at the circuit. Button put in 114 laps on his way to the second fastest time, working primarily on tyres. The team’s third driver Anthony Davidson, meanwhile, concentrated on an aerodynamics programme. He was hampered by engine and gearbox problems, but still finished the day third behind Button.

Franck Montagny was the quickest Renault driver, in fourth, the Frenchman recording a mammoth 117 laps as he conducted tyre testing for Hockenheim and Hungary, as well as completing a ride programme.

Montagny was joined at Renault by Finn Heikki Kovalainen, a member of the team’s driver development programme, drafted in to give the race drivers some time off. He spent the day acclimatising to the car in what was his first full Formula One test session. He steadily improved his lap-times, and conducted set-up work towards the end of the day.

"We completed some useful work today in Jerez,” said Renault’s Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer. “Heikki had a small problem which delayed him this morning, but then settled quickly and made good improvements to his lap time, without any mistakes. He ran a very sensible first day, and gave interesting feedback on his programme. He did a good job.”

Williams had both test drivers in action as they commenced their three-day Jerez programme. Both men focussed on chassis, set-up and tyre work, with Antonio Pizzonia going fifth fastest to Marc Gene’s 10th best time. The team has yet to confirm which (if either) of the two will replace Ralf Schumacher at the forthcoming German Grand Prix.

Toyota again had two cars on track as they prepare for the introduction of the revised TF104B at Hockenheim. Ricardo Zonta was the quicker of the two, going seventh fastest, with Cristiano da Matta 11th.

The McLarens of Pedro de la Rosa and Alexander Wurz were sixth and eighth respectively, while Jaguar also joined the test, with Christian Klien ninth and Swedish test driver Bjorn Wirdheim setting the penultimate time ahead of Kovalainen.

Conditions were again fine at Jerez, with clear skies and track temperatures of up to 55 degrees Celsius. Testing continues at the circuit on Thursday.

Ferrari were also on track at Monza for the second day. Luca Badoer continued with his work, carrying out a long distance run. The team’s official test driver completed a total of 123 laps with a best time of 1m 21.603s.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.571
2. Jenson Button, BAR (Michelin), 1:17.922
3. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.038
4. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:18.104
5. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:18.252
6. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.392
7. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:18.768
8. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.780
9. Christian Klien, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:19.106
10. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:19.151
11. Cristiano da Matta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:19.221
12. Bjorn Wirdheim, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:19.973
13. Heikki Kovalainen, Renault (Michelin), 1:20.427