Ferrari Monza test - first day 05 Jul 2005
Ferrari has begun an intensive programme of tyre testing at the Monza circuit in Italy. Test driver Luca Badoer drove 64 laps on Monday to begin an intensive programme of development for the team's Bridgestone tyres, intended to ensure greater competitiveness for the rest of the season.
Badoer recorded a best time of 1m 25.585s and stopped after rain began late in the day. Testing will continue on Tuesday, depending on weather conditions.
Although Ferrari were delighted to be somewhat on the pace in Magny-Cours - Michael Schumacher's well-deserved third place welcome proof of the team's competitiveness after the hollow Indianapolis victory - they are still determined to reel in the advantage currently enjoyed by some of their Michelin-shod rivals. Schumacher only just managed to avoid the indignity of being lapped by Renault's Fernando Alonso in France.
The team are currently third in the constructors' championship, with 69 points to McLaren's 71. And although Schumacher is now 29 points adrift of Alonso in the drivers' standings, Ferrari team principal Jean Todt has said that, for as long as any hope remains, however slim, the team will not be giving up on their efforts to retain both titles for another season.