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Silverstone day three - Klien away 16 Sep 2005

Christian Klien (AUT) Red Bull Racing. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 14 September 2005. World ©  Hartley/Sutton

Red Bull’s Christian Klien topped the times in the week’s final day of testing at Silverstone on Thursday. In a largely wet session, Klien set a best of 1m 20.272s, half a second quicker than the Williams of Antonio Pizzonia, with team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi third.

At Williams, Pizzonia again worked alongside fellow tester Nico Rosberg, as the team continued preparations for the final races of the season. Despite the rain, the pair brought their total running for the week to just over 1000 kilometres.

"Most of the day was spent testing intermediate tyres and working through some comparisons for Michelin, but also on traction control and starts,” explained Williams technical director, Sam Michael. “Rain hampered the morning's session but, towards the end of the day, the track finally dried out which enabled us to finalise some work on Suzuka tyre compounds."

Toyota had scheduled a back-to-back test of the new TF105B machine and their current race car, but the weather upset the Japanese team’s plans. “We were hoping to have a direct comparison but the weather took a turn for the worse and the wet conditions made it impossible to get a realistic idea of the relative performance,” said Ralf Schumacher.

Schumacher was fifth fastest with a time set in the TF105, before switching to the B car for a handful of laps in the afternoon. Team mate mate Olivier Panis, seventh quickest, concluded his work in the newer car in the morning before the track dried out.

Between the two Toyotas was Sakon Yamamoto, the Japanese driver getting his second and final day behind the wheel for Jordan before he appears as the team’s third driver at Suzuka next month.

Unofficial Thursday times from Silverstone:
1. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:20.272
2. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:20.750
3. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:20.922
4. Nico Rosberg, Williams (Michelin), 1:21.152
5. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:22.098
6. Sakon Yamamoto, Jordan (Bridgestone), 1:25.933
7. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:40.684