Coulthard puts Red Bull ahead 21 Jan 2005
David Coulthard was the unexpected leader in testing on Thursday as he put Red Bull Racing on top of the timesheets in Barcelona. The Scot outpaced the Williams of Antonio Pizzonia and Nick Heidfeld after 64 laps of the Spanish circuit.
Coulthard was comfortably quicker than team mate Christian Klien, fifth fastest after 76 laps, as Red Bull continued work with the latest version of the 2004 car they inherited from Jaguar. The teams new machine is predicted to arrive some time in February.
Williams did not begin testing until lunchtime as they were forced to wait for new parts to arrive from the factory to fix their suspension problems from Wednesday. Once on track, Pizzonia and Heidfeld, rivals for the teams remaining 2005 race seat, completed close to 90 laps of tyre work, with the Brazilian outpacing the German by over half a second.
Toyota had three drivers in action. Olivier Panis, in the teams older car led the way, while Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher continued with development of the new TF105. Trulli was again the busier and quicker of the two team mates, with Schumacher finishing bottom of the times for the third time in three days.
Rubens Barrichello took over the Ferrari F2004 from Michael Schumacher. The Brazilian was seventh fastest on his first test outing of 2005 as he continued the programme of new component, electronics and tyre work started by the world champion.
Ferrari were also in action at Fiorano, where Andrea Bertolini shook down the F2004 M, the revised version of the F2004 that the team plan to use for the opening four rounds of the 2005 season.
Testing continues at Barcelona on Friday.
Unofficial Thursday times from Barcelona:
1. David Coulthard, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:16.135
2. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.230
3. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.951
4. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.018
5. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:17.035
6. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.322
7. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.405
8. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.880