Pre-San Marino testing resumes 12 Apr 2005
The three-week break following the Bahrain Grand Prix means an extra chance for the teams to take to the test track ahead of round four of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship at Imola.
They will be considering tyre and set-up options for the San Marino Grand Prix, as well as carrying out longer term development work. And the engineers will doubtless be paying particularly close attention to how well their cars ride the kerbs - an asset essential for a good lap time at Imola.
After the promising, but ultimately disappointing, debut of their new F2005 in Bahrain, Ferrari have a two-track programmed scheduled, with cars due in action from Tuesday at Italy's Mugello and Fiorano circuits. Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and Luca Badoer are all expected to play a part.
This weeks main, multi-team session takes place at Paul Ricard in France, beginning on Wednesday. Championship leaders Renault will be pressing on with development of the R25 ahead of the start of the European season, with Franck Montagny and Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel.
Renaults closest rivals in 2005, Toyota, have a three-day programme planned, with test drivers Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta on duty throughout. McLaren are expected to join them with Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa, as proud new father Juan Pablo Montoya (his wife Connie gave birth to their first child, Sebastian, in the early hours of Tuesday morning) continues to recuperate from his shoulder injury.
Lying fourth in the table, just a point ahead of newcomers Red Bull, Williams have some work to do and the BMW-powered team will have Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia in the cockpit of the FW27 for a two-day programme, focussing primarily on aerodynamics and Michelin tyre development. And BAR, yet to finish a race in 2005 will be keen to capitalise on the promise shown by their 007 in Barcelona last week.
Jordan are scheduled for a rare test outing on Thursday and Friday, with Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro due to trial the latest upgrades to the Toyota-powered EJ15. Meanwhile, Minardi, expected to debut their new PS05 at San Marino, have not confirmed a first test date for the Cosworth-powered machine.
Note - all schedules are provisional and subject to change.