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Monza day two - Gene from Massa 03 Jun 2005

(L to R): Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari Test Driver talks with Ricardo Zonta (BRA) Toyota Test Driver and Franck Montagny (FRA) Renault Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Preparations, Nurburgring, Germany, 26 May 2005

With BAR and Toyota shifting their programmes to Silverstone on Thursday, Ferrari and Sauber were the only runners in the week’s second day of testing at Monza.

Ferrari were the quicker of the two, with Spanish test driver Marc Gene setting a time of 1m 21.536s after 115 laps of the Italian circuit. Gene’s focus in the F2005 was Bridgestone tyre and aerodynamic development.

Felipe Massa was around half a second slower on 1m 22.015s as he took over from team mate Jacques Villeneuve at Sauber. The Brazilian completed a total of 90 laps.

"Today Felipe ran the scheduled medium downforce programme in preparation for the forthcoming two North American races, whereby the focus was on the United States Grand Prix,” explained Sauber’s chief race engineer Jacky Eeckelaert.

“He used particularly the morning to set the car up according to his driving style. Later he assessed several Michelin tyres for Indianapolis to enable us to make a first decision this evening. Tomorrow he will verify the gathered aerodynamic data for us, but will also further work with Michelin on the tyre selection for Indianapolis."

Ferrari and Gene will also continue testing at Monza on Friday.