BAR, and rivals, set for an intensive week of testing
Despite their enforced two-race absence, BAR had been entertaining hopes of a podium finish at the European Grand Prix. Those hopes, however, quickly evaporated as the team realized their testing pace was not going to convert to race form.
Both Jenson Button and Takuma Sato finished the Nurburgring event outside the points, in 10th and 12th places respectively - far from the race comeback both the team and engine partners Honda had been hoping for after the unfortunate Imola affair.
Basically, our car just wasn't fast enough, said sporting director Gil de Ferran. At this stage we do not fully understand why, but we will investigate this during tests at Monza and Silverstone this week. We clearly need to find a solution before we leave for the races in North America.
BAR wont be the only ones testing at the Italian and British Grand Prix circuits this week - both venues are due to hold major, multi-team sessions from Wednesday June 1 to Friday June 3 in preparation for the forthcoming Canadian and United States Grands Prix.
Championship leaders Renault will have Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella in action at Silverstone, where their closest rivals, McLaren, will field three drivers, with Juan Pablo Montoya, Kimi Raikkonen and Pedro de la Rosa sharing driving duties in the MP4-20.
Williams will also have three men at work at Silverstone - Nico Rosberg, Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld - while Red Bull are expected to give another test to American GP2 star Scott Speed ahead of a possible third-driver outing at his home race in Indianapolis.
Ferrari and Toyota will have cars running at both circuits. Marc Gene and Jarno Trulli are the expected respective pilots at Monza, where they will join Sauber men Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve.
Trulli will spend just a day at the Italian track before moving to Silverstone to join Toyota team mate Ralf Schumacher, and Luca Badoer and Rubens Barrichello for the world champions.
Check back throughout the week for all the latest test updates from both sessions. Note - all schedules are unofficial and subject to change.