The Sauber-Petronas team completed its four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya with Giancarlo Fisichella adding another 77 laps to the new C23's tally, and rounding out a two-day engine reliability test designed to investigate the stresses of the new-for-2004 regulations.

With just V10 allowed per race weekend, the Swiss team was keen to put one of its engines through the rigours of a two-day test, which Fisichella started on Thursday and completed today using C23-01.

Although the Italian languished down the order, with a best time of 1min 17.248secs, the team was relatively happy with the test, despite the odd niggling problem..

"Today, we ran an engine programme which focused on a race simulation, and combined this with Bridgestone tyre work," reported race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara, "Originally, we were hoping to finish this reliability test by noon but, because the car stopped on the track due to an electronic problem, our work was delayed until the afternoon. However, we were able to complete our programme for today so far and are satisfied with the results we got.

"Despite of some initial difficulties at the beginning of our test this week, particularly with regard to further software adjustments and, hence, the proper set-up of the C23, we were able to complete our scheduled programme. These test days have delivered valuable data and results, which will give a solid basis for our further work."

 

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