If-1 Test Notes:/I Hondas Lead Silverstone
May 4, 2001 | 11:00 A.M. EST
Working on tire evaluation, suspension geometry and testing the of evolution engines for Honda, both Trulli and Jordan test driver Ricardo Zonta completed 88 and 65 laps respectively.
BAR test driver Patrick Lemarie was third, followed by Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, who replaced Kimi Raikkonen, in fourth.
Heidfeld felt Sauber made a lot of progress during the day.
"The good weather today gave us a valuable opportunity to do some intensive work on traction control, which will stand us in good stead in Austria," he said. "The ability to program the system to suit individual circuits and individual drivers has created a large range of settings, so such test work is essential if we are to get the best out of it. I feel we made a lot of progress in this respect today, as well as with our revised aerodynamics and tire selection."
Sauber test team boss Jacky Eeckelaert later gave a full rundown on the session.
"After the small incident involving Kimi Raikkonen and Ricardo Zonta yesterday, the team worked late into the night to complete repairs to the car so that Nick could continue our program today," he said. "This work was successful and we were able to regain our schedule despite the enforced loss of time."
Arrows performed durability testing and tire work for Bridgestone with Enrique Bernoldi running sixth fastest and Jos Verstappen running seventh.
Bernoldi, who also tested suspension settings of the A22, later commented:
"We've had quite a good day today. I did some work with the tires this morning and in the afternoon session we worked on the suspension," Bernoldi said. "We tried some adjustments to the settings and I think we made some progress so we can be happy with that."
Coulthard Leads in Valencia
McLaren continued to top the timesheets in testing in Valencia on Thursday with David Coulthard finishing ahead of a surprising Eddie Irvine.
The Scot set a best time of 1 minute, 13.599 seconds after 106 laps with test driver Alex Wurz, who replaced Mika Hakkinen for yesterday's schedule, finishing his day in fourth.
It was warm and sunny with some light drizzle just after the lunch break, as the refinement of the recently introduced driver aids and tire testing figured prominently in the five teams' testing schedules.
Williams duo Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya concentrated on tire development, traction control and brake testing.
Williams chief operations engineer Sam Michael said the day’s testing went well for the team.
"For Ralf today we worked on tire testing, setup and traction control," Michael said. "It rained just after lunch, but luckily we missed this so were able to continue evaluating tire compounds for Michelin for the upcoming Grands Prix. On Juan Pablo's car we spent all day doing setup work, brake tests and tried some new components. For tomorrow we have a full day of wet testing for Michelin so we will flood the track and just test the wet tires.
"We will continue with both our drivers tomorrow, while the other Michelin teams will have just one car each."
Jenson Button was last again in the Benetton, two places behind test driver Mark Webber, and completed just 14 laps, the fewest of the day. The second Jaguar of Pedro de la Rosa clocked the day's sixth fastest time with the Prost pairing of Luciano Burti and Jean Alesi coming home in seventh and ninth respectively.