Testing at Jerez this week 08 Mar 2005
Formula One focus switches from Australia to Europe this week as many of the teams resume their 2005 testing programmes at the Jerez circuit in Spain. And with most of the race drivers choosing to stay in the Eastern hemisphere until the Malaysian Grand Prix, it will be down to the test drivers to rack up the development miles.
Renault will not be resting on their Melbourne laurels and will run a two day programme on Thursday and Friday. At the wheel will be Franck Montagny, along with Race of Champions winner and Renault driver development programme member Heikki Kovalainen.
Last week Ferrari were busy putting the new F2005 through its paces at Vairano it Italy. This week their attention will be back on the F2004 M, which the team are expected to continue using for the next three races. Official testers Marc Gene and Luca Badoer will share driving duties during their planned four-day programme, starting Tuesday.
Olivier Panis will spend three days in the Toyota TF105 starting Wednesday, while McLaren will be working over the same period with Pedro de la Rosa and Alexander Wurz. And at Williams Antonio Pizzonia will be the man at the wheel of the FW27 on Thursday and Friday.
Note - all schedules are provisional and remain subject to change.