Toyota and BAR-Honda were the only two teams in action today [Friday] at Jerez, as testing at the Spanish circuit drew to a close.

Ricardo Zonta headed Jacques Villeneuve, the Toyota test driver over a second up on the Canadian, with a 1 minute 19.462 seconds. Zonta's programme included tyre testing for Michelin and set-up work for the final two grand's prix.

"We have had a very productive week," commented the Brazilian. "We covered in excess of 1400 kilometres without any real problem hindering our test. This allowed us to achieve some solid work, getting through set-up and tyre testing ahead of the last two rounds of the season, but also carrying out future development tests."

Villeneuve meanwhile notched up 117 laps for BAR, his best a 1m 20.905s. His day was spent selecting tyres for Indianapolis, as well as evaluating the Suzuka specification engine and new aerodynamic parts.

"Today we mainly concentrated on tyre testing and chose our tyres for Indy," explained JV, "We were a lot more reliable today and tried to do as many laps as we could, which enabled us to test the new aero bits as well."

Leading times (19 September) - Jerez:

1. Ricardo Zonta Toyota 1m 19.462s 100 laps M
2. Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1m 20.905s 117 laps B

M - denotes Michelin tyres
B - denotes Bridgestone tyres

Weather / track conditions: Clear, sunny day, with light breeze.

 

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