BAR, Toyota to Exploit Test Loophole Again

BAR and Toyota are set to stir further controversy in this week's test at Monza, after deciding to continue running with more than two cars, Autosport-Atlas has learned

BAR, Toyota to Exploit Test Loophole Again

The two-car limit was agreed among the non-Ferrari teams prior to the start of the season, in a bid to ensure that they were not tempted to bring three or more cars to each test day so as not waste any of their 30-day in-season testing limit.

But at the Jerez test before the summer break, Toyota and BAR cleverly exploited a loophole in the two-car agreement. Toyota brought three cars to that test, and BAR four, but they ensured they did not breach the regulations by running only two cars on the track at the same time.

Some of their rivals were a bit upset at the actions of the two teams, but those complaints have not been serious enough for the teams to stop their ploy at the Monza test.

Toyota will have Ralf Schumacher and Ricardo Zonta working on 2005 developments, with Olivier Panis working on the V8 programme for next year. BAR will have Jenson Button and Takuma Sato backed up by tester Adam Carroll.

The other teams present at the major test will run two cars each.

Other teams testing on Wednesday, as well as BAR and Toyota, are Ferrari (Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa); McLaren (Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa); Renault (Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella); Williams (Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg); Red Bull Racing (David Coulthard and Vitantonio Liuzzi); Sauber (Jacques Villeneuve); and Jordan (Nicolas Kiesa and Tiago Monteiro).

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