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Ferrari into day four of Monza test 04 Aug 2005

(L to R): Hisao Suganuma (JPN) Bridgestone talks with Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari Test Driver. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 7-8 April 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

World champions Ferrari may look certain to lose their drivers’ and constructors’ crowns this year, but they are still working flat out to catch their rivals in the closing races of the season.

Luca Badoer has been testing at Monza all this week and will continue to do so on Thursday. So far he has racked up approaching 300 laps of the Italian Grand Prix circuit, working on tyre and aerodynamic developments for forthcoming rounds, the next of which is the Turkish Grand Prix on August 21.

After Monday’s fine conditions, the team were greeted by rain and much cooler track temperatures on Tuesday morning. However, the surface dried out in the afternoon, allowing Badoer to go a second quicker than he had the previous day with a best of 1m 22.069s after 92 laps.

Wednesday’s session saw a return to warm and sunny running, with track temperatures back up to a more normal 45 degrees Celsius after Tuesday’s low of 28. Badoer added another 86 laps to his total, with a best time of 1m 23.328s.

The Italian driver will be back on track on Thursday, with Ferrari expected to carry out further tests in the next two weeks ahead of the Istanbul race.