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Ferrari, Williams continue solo sessions 12 May 2005

Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari talks with the Ferrari mechanics in the garage. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, 8 May 2005

As six of their rivals ran together at Paul Ricard on Wednesday, the Ferrari and Williams teams again chose to conduct their own private tests at separate circuits in Italy.

At Fiorano, Luca Badoer and Michael Schumacher were in action for Ferrari, both working on wet-weather tyre development with Bridgestone, using an artificially-watered track surface.

Schumacher clocked the quicker time, a 1m 02.715, after 68 laps. Badoer’s best was a 1m 03.119s after 34 tours. Both men continue testing the F2005 at Fiorano on Thursday.

Meanwhile at Vallelunga near Rome, Williams continued their Monaco Grand Prix preparations with Antonio Pizzonia and Mark Webber at the wheel of the FW27. Despite losing a lot of time in the morning with technical problems, Webber went quickest with a best time of 56.449s, after close to 130 laps.

The Australian’s focus was set-up and tyres for Monte Carlo. Pizzonia’s programme included single-lap runs, trying to generate as much heat in the tyres as possible to simulate pre-race formation laps. He put in just under 100 laps with a best time of 57.209s. Both men continue work at Vallelunga on Thursday.