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Ferrari begin work at Paul Ricard 13 Jul 2005

Marc Gene (ESP) Ferrari F2004. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, 10-16 January 2005. World ©  Bumstead/Sutton

World champions Ferrari were back on track Tuesday, less than 48 hours after their double-points finish in the British Grand Prix. Marc Gene was at the wheel at the Paul Ricard circuit in France.

Gene carried out a programme centred on aerodynamics and Bridgestone tyre development in the F2005. The Spanish test driver completed 108 laps, the quickest in a time of 1m 35.141s.

Conditions were perfect for Ferrari’s session, with sunny skies and track temperatures peaking at 43 degrees Celsius. Gene continues the programme on Wednesday.

Jordan are also expected to test at Paul Ricard this week, as they continue development of the revised, but as yet unraced, EJ15B. Narain Karthikeyan will be in action on Thursday, with team mate Tiago Monteiro taking over on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Michelin teams are scheduled to start a three-day test on Wednesday at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.