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Barrichello tops two-car Jerez test 15 Sep 2004

Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari on the grid.
French Grand Prix, Rd 10, Race Day, Magny Cours, France, 4 July 2004

Rubens Barrichello was fastest from Felipe Massa at Jerez on Tuesday, as Ferrari and Sauber continued preparations for the forthcoming Chinese Grand Prix.

Barrichello covered 74 laps of the Spanish circuit at the wheel of the F2004, recording a best time of 1m 17.310s as he focussed on a Bridgestone tyre programme for the Shanghai race.

Massa, meanwhile, completed 72 laps with a best of 1m 19.012s, after the team chose to postpone the start of their programme because of high winds in the morning.

"Due to the delay in the morning we could only start our test around noon,” explained race engineer Mike Krack. “This obviously threw us back, but we were able to compensate this loss of time a bit and I'm confident that we will complete this week's programme.

"The afternoon we basically spent with Bridgestone tyre work for the remaining three races. We will verify the gathered data tomorrow. Because of the fairly strong wind we could not run our planned aerodynamic tests today and have decided to postpone them to tomorrow."

Testing continues at Jerez on Wednesday, with both Barrichello and Massa again due on track. Massa will hand over to Vitantonio Liuzzi on Thursday when the reigning Formula 3000 champion will get his first outing with the Sauber team.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Ferrari were also testing at Mugello in Italy. Luca Badoer put in 71 laps as he worked on tyres and electronics, clocking a best time of 1m 20.930s. On Wednesday he will alternate with the Ferrari Maserati Group's competition test driver, Andrea Bertolini.