Day Two - Pizzonia top, Schumacher crashes 03 Sep 2004
Williams Antonio Pizzonia set the pace at Monza on Thursday, while newly-crowned world champion Michael Schumacher ended the day climbing unhurt from a badly-mangled Ferrari.
Schumacher went into the barriers late in the afternoon. He lost control of the F2004 at around 300 kph at the end of the main straight, following a suspected left-rear tyre problem. The German got out of the car unaided, but lay on the grass for a few moments as a precaution. He ended the day seventh fastest.
Topping the times, meanwhile, with a new unofficial lap record, was Pizzonia, continuing Williams programme of tyre and aero work in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix. Team mate Juan Pablo Montoya was ninth fastest, the pair completing over 140 laps between them.
Belgian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen was on the pace, finishing second only to Pizzonia in the McLaren MP4-19B. He finished ahead of the leading Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello in third, and team mate David Coulthard who was tenth.
Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button and Takuma Sato were all in action for BAR, the trio going fourth, fifth and sixth quickest respectively, with almost nothing between them in the times. Tyres, suspension and brakes were the focus of the teams Thursday programme.
Renault again had two cars on track at Monza. Fernando Alonso was eighth fastest, concentrating on tyres, while Jarno Trulli, who ran a Monza-spec engine to full mileage in the morning, finished 13th. However, the Italian completed just four laps in the afternoon after an off-track excursion which damaged his chassis.
"We lost half a day with Jarno's car and while this means we have not completed as much running as we would have liked, it has not significantly hampered our work, said Christian Silk, Renaults Chief Test Engineer. Fernando completed an impressive number of laps and overall we progressed well with the tyre choice for next weekend. The car has been both reliable and competitive, which we hope to maintain on our final day tomorrow."
Giancarlo Fisichella continued Saubers programme, the Italian covering 96 laps in the C23 to go 11th fastest. He will hand over to team mate Felipe Massa for the final day of running on Friday.
"We basically spent the day with working on our low downforce level for the Italian Grand Prix next week and were also able to make a decision on brakes and Bridgestone tyre specification for the Monza race, reported Sauber race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara.
Thanks to good weather and track conditions Giancarlo was able to run a lot of laps which helped us to proceed with our programme as scheduled.
Tomorrow Felipe will take over to get a solid feeling of what Bridgestone tyres, brakes and car set-up we will have for Monza, and will furthermore start to evaluate tyres for the Chinese Grand Prix."
Christian Klien again finished ahead of Jaguar team mate Mark Webber, while at Toyota, Ricardo Zonta joined the test, taking over from Ryan Briscoe to run alongside team mate Olivier Panis.
Timo Glock was the man in action for Jordan, taking over from Giorgio Pantano, while Minardi ran one car for their two race drivers. Gianmaria Bruni ran only 12 laps in the morning before a gearbox problem halted his progress. Zsolt Baumgartner then took over in the afternoon, concentrating on tyres and set-up.
"I'm happy with what we accomplished today, even though the gearbox problem we had this morning reduced our planned running time a little bit, said Baumgartner. We tried a number of tyre compounds from Bridgestone, as well as some different car set-ups and control software. We seemed to go in a good direction right away, so I think we are in an improved position compared with last year."
Conditions were again favourable for testing, with clear skies, sun and track temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius. The three-day Monza session concludes on Friday.
Ferrari were also running again at Fiorano, where Luca Badoer completed 96 laps of a Bridgestone tyre development programme, with a best time of 58.712s.
Unofficial Thursday times from Monza:
1. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:20.010
2. Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren (Michelin), 1:20.784
3. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:20.846
4. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:20.874
5. Jenson Button, BAR (Michelin), 1:20.948
6. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:20.981
7. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:21.060
8. Fernando Alonso, Renault (Michelin), 1:21.083
9. Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams (Michelin), 1:21.090
10. David Coulthard, McLaren (Michelin), 1:21.172
11. Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber (Bridgestone), 1:21.179
12. Christian Klien, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:21.487
13. Jarno Trulli, Renault (Michelin), 1.21.658
14. Mark Webber, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:21.680
15. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:22.480
16. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:22.865
17. Timo Glock, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:23.942
18. Zsolt Baumgartner, Minardi (Bridgestone), 1:24.099
19. Gianmaria Bruni, Minardi (Bridgestone), 1:25.018