Day Four - Pizzonia finishes on top at Jerez 19 Jul 2004
Williams Antonio Pizzonia was the fastest man at Jerez on Friday as testing drew to a close ahead of the six-week summer ban. Pizzonia, who will race for the team at Hockenheim next weekend, narrowly beat Michael Schumacher in the times.
Using Pizzonia and fellow tester Marc Gene, Williams completed 486 laps of the Spanish circuit over their three days at the track, a total of 2,152 km. Gene finished Friday fifth in the timesheets.
Fortunately, ideal conditions prevailed all week which allowed the drivers to carry out the development work on the new aero and mechanical components uninterrupted, reported Tim Newton, Williams Test Team Manager.
In readiness for the next races at Hungary, Budapest and Spa, between which we won't have an opportunity to test, the drivers covered some considerable mileage testing various Michelin compounds. Despite some minor problems on Friday, the team has achieved its objectives so we should be set up well for Germany.
At Ferrari, Michael Schumacher continued working on set-up, tyres and new aerodynamic components on the F2004, completing a total of 107 laps ahead of his home race next weekend.
The BARs of Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson were third and fourth quickest respectively. Sato completed the majority of an aerodynamics programme, despite engine and transmission problems, while Davidson carried out a programme of tyre work and suspension and chassis evaluation.
"The whole team has worked extremely hard this week in some very hot and often uncomfortable conditions, said Andrew Alsworth, BARs Test Team Manager. We have completed some 1900 kilometres and ran through an intensive Michelin tyre test evaluation for the final options for the forthcoming German and Hungarian Grands Prix.
We have also completed a Honda engine development programme alongside various chassis developments and so overall we've had a very productive test and have completed the planned programme over our three days in Jerez."
Ricardo Zonta was sixth fastest as Toyota completed their four-day programme at Jerez. The Japanese team will debut the revised TF104B machine at the German Grand Prix and both Olivier Panis and team mate Cristiano da Matta got to sample it during the test.
"We will only have the full aerodynamic package available in Hockenheim, so we can't make any predictions yet, said Panis after his run on Thursday. It was also difficult to maintain the flow of the day here because we had gearbox and electrical problems.
"Nevertheless, we carried out a tyre test for Hockenheim and we achieved 81 laps, which was a lot considering the problems we were faced with. So the guys did a good job to keep the car on the track as much as possible and we ended up completing the programme we set out to do."
Renault finalised their Jerez running with Franck Montagny and Heikki Kovalainen in action for the team, conducting aero and engine work and plenty of long runs, as they went 12th and eighth respectively.
"It was another hard-working day to conclude a very productive week here in Spain, said Christian Silk, Renaults Chief Test Engineer. Franck spent the day conducting long runs and putting miles on the engine; we tried to complete some tyre development, but this was unfortunately spoiled by numerous red flags.
Heikki settled well once again, and his lap-times were both competitive and consistent. We took the step of increasing his programme, and obtained very good results. Our development work this week has proved extremely positive, and Heikki has acquitted himself very well on his first major test with the team."
Jaguar reported good progress as Mark Webber and Christian Klien put in over 175 laps between them to finish seventh and 10th in the times. The McLarens of Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa completed the line-up in ninth and 11th.
Elsewhere, Ferrari finished their four-day programme at Monza, with Luca Badoer again at the wheel. And at Paul Ricard, Ryan Briscoe rounded off a three-day solo session with Toyota.
Unofficial Friday times from Jerez:
1. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:17.403
2. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.415
3. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:17.614
4. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:17.639
5. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:17.758
6. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.856
7. Mark Webber, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:17.949
8. Heikki Kovalainen, Renault (Michelin), 1:18.304
9. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.376
10. Christian Klien, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:18.469
11. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.529
12. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:19.134