Jerez day two - Williams lead, Toyota debuts 12 Jan 2005
Williams Mark Webber topped the testing times at Jerez on Tuesday as the Toyota TF105, the Japanese team's 2005 car, made its first track appearance in the hands of Ralf Schumacher.
Webber led a Williams one-two, with Nick Heidfeld just a quarter of a second slower as the team completed the second of five days of testing at the Spanish circuit. Tyres and brake-duct development were their focus, with Webber putting in 115 laps and Heidfeld 81. Heidfeld hands over to Antonio Pizzonia, his rival for the second 2005 Williams race seat, on Wednesday.
The new Toyota TF105, launched in Barcelona last weekend, recorded 40 laps in its first day of testing, with Ralf Schumacher clocking the fifth-fastest time at the wheel of the Japanese machine. Schumacher continues on Wednesday, with team mate Jarno Trulli due to get his first taste of the new car on Thursday.
Franck Montagny was third quickest as Renault began their 2005 test programme. The Frenchman concentrated on Michelin tyre evaluation as well as electronic hardware and software development for the coming season.
"Franck made a very useful start to 2005 today, running a full programme without any problems at all, commented Christian Silk, Renaults chief test engineer. We have continued our work on the 2005 specification electronics, and the tyre developments we tested looked promising. Franck was happy with the car's handling, and the lap-times seemed competitive. It was a good way to start the year."
Completing Tuesdays Jerez line-up was BAR, who again had Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi in action, the pair finishing fourth and sixth fastest respectively. Both men worked on tyres at the wheel of the teams black and silver liveried 05 Concept cars, putting in over 220 laps between them. Jenson Button takes over from Bernoldi on Wednesday.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Ferrari completed their two-day Vallelunga programme with Luca Badoer recording 112 laps of electronics and tyre development, with a best time of 57.700s.
The world champions switch to Jerez on Wednesday, with Marc Gene at the wheel. McLaren are also due to join the multi-team test, with Alexander Wurz and Kimi Raikkonen in the cockpit.
Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.490
2. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.745
3. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:17.460
4. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.527
5. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:18.946
6. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:20.170