Williams wrap up Vallelunga test 13 May 2005
Williams completed their three-day test at the Vallelunga circuit on Thursday. The Italian track, located just outside of Rome, bears similar characteristics to the uncompromising, twisty Monte Carlo street circuit, which will host the sixth round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, next weekend.
Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia were again on track for the team, the pair bringing Williams running total for the session up to 939 laps - just over 3000 kilometres - which included the 428 kilometres recorded by European Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx on his FW27 debut on Tuesday.
"We spent the test working on starts and traction control performance with BMW, explained Williams technical director Sam Michael. We also evaluated tyres for Monaco and completed longer runs to system check some cooling system changes.
The weather in Italy was perfect for testing tyres, with the ambient temperatures identical to what our long range forecast says we will have in Monte Carlo. We also verified some aerodynamic components that we used at the Barcelona GP and found they are all working well.
Along with Antonio and Mark, Andy Priaulx tested for us again and did a great job in the car. He is an asset to our test programme. I'm impressed at how well he has adapted to a Formula One car and I'm sure we will call upon him again in the future."
BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen added: "From BMW's perspective, it was a really good test in Vallelunga and we completed our scheduled programme. We focused on improving the start performance and traction control, both of which will be crucial for the Monaco Grand Prix. In addition, we made adjustments to the engine management system in preparation for the slow corners in Monte Carlo, like the Loews hairpin."
The quickest Thursday time at Vallelunga was set by Webber who clocked a lap of 56.632s. Pizzonias best was a 57.149s.
Also carrying out a solo test session in Italy on Thursday were Ferrari. Michael Schumacher and Luca Badoer took turns lapping Fiorano, working on Bridgestone tyre development and preparing the F2005 for Monaco.
Badoer covered a total of 101 laps (one on the short version of the track,) the quickest in a time of 57.852s, while Schumacher did 118 laps (16 short), the fastest a 57.597s. Badoer continues testing at Fiorano on Friday.