Barcelona day four - Jordan run for Pastorelli 21 Feb 2005
Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli tested with Jordan at Barcelona on Friday as the team continued their search for a 2005 test driver. Pastorelli, the 2004 Euro 3000 series champion, completed 29 laps to finish bottom of the timesheets behind Jordan race drivers, India's Narain Karthikeyan and Portugal's Tiago Monteiro.
On the fourth and final day of Jordans test, Karthikeyan and Monteiro concentrated on race simulation and reliability work in the morning and then component testing for the Toyota-powered EJ15 in the afternoon. They put in a total of over 200 laps.
"Today was very important because every kilometre of running is valuable and as always, I wanted to do more than as I had done in the week so far, said Monteiro. So I was really eager to go out and do a lot of laps. We had planned our first qualifying and race simulation which we were a little bit anxious about, but it went very well - I did 56 laps and two stops. It was great and physically I'm really happy as I had no problems.
In the afternoon we tested various parts of the car and we improved the lap times a lot. We are getting slightly closer to the front, more or less three seconds from the fastest time, which is not bad considering how little running we have had. The whole week has been one of evolution. We have been through a lot, tried out a lot of things and learned a lot. I feel like I have integrated well with the people on the team and I'm really enjoying it. So far so good."
Topping the times at Barcelona on Friday were the Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella. The teams programme included race distance runs for both drivers, tyre selection for the opening races and set-up development. They completed the highest mileage of the winter so far with the R25.
Today was the best days running of our winter test programme, enthused chief test engineer Christian Silk. Both drivers completed race distances with the car, and performance on the long stints continued to be extremely encouraging; indeed, the lap-times were backed up with excellent feedback from both Fernando and Giancarlo.
Completing Fridays line-up was Toyotas Ralf Schumacher, bringing to a close the teams first test with the heavily revised TF105. The new aerodynamic package obviously improves the car massively, said Schumacher. We can't give an exact figure of how much it has improved because the conditions here have been difficult and people's lap times have been all over the place.
It is also hard to compare lap times with the last time we were in Barcelona because the circuit was brand new. But it always helps to have more downforce and this is quite an improvement. We still have work to do but we are reasonably happy with the package so far.
Unofficial Friday times from Barcelona:
1. Fernando Alonso, Renault (Michelin), 1:13.967
2. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault (Michelin), 1:14.064
3. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:16.518
4. Narain Karthikeyan, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:16.999
5. Tiago Monteiro, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:17.560
6. Nicky Pastorelli, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:24.731