Jerez 5: Wurz quickest

Alexander Wurz brought an end to this week's dry-weather testing at Jerez in Spain on Friday by edging out McLaren team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya, but all eyes were on the continuing shoot-out between Nick Heidfeld and Antonio Pizzonia at Williams

Jerez 5: Wurz quickest

Wurz and Montoya were the pace-setters and, although Heidfeld ended the day more than three tenths of a second faster than his Williams rival, the lap times meant little because once again Pizzonia was hit by bad luck.

While Heidfeld made the most of being allowed to experiment with the car's set-up for the first time, as well as getting through an impressive nine sets of tyres for one-off laps to try and push the Williams to the limits, Pizzonia found his chances of matching his team-mate's times wiped out when he was stopped in the pits with an oil leak when the track was at its quickest. He then decided to concentrate on long race-runs in the afternoon.

Pizzonia's bad luck on Friday mirrored similar problems earlier in the week, including two engine failures and gearbox gremlins, that have failed to allow him to show his true potential in the car.

As Williams edges close a decision on who will partner Mark Webber this season Pizzonia's misfortunate could not come at a worse time, but he was well aware that the team will take into consideration all circumstances from the tests rather than mere lap times.

"I did not really have a good test because I had quite a few problems," he told autosport.com . "Today was an oil leak, but after that the car went okay and I had quite a consistent car for the long runs. Let's see what happens in the next test."

Toyota ended the day's running as slowest overall but the team was happy about the back-to-back comparison test that showed its new TF105 to be just seven tenths of a second slower than its predecessor - despite F1's new speed-cutting technical regulations this year.

But although the team was happy with the progress of the car, Trulli suffered a few problems in the afternoon with his HANS device fitting into the cockpit of the new chassis.

Testing continues at Jerez over the weekend with Michelin conducting some wet weather tests.



Alexander Wurz (McLaren) 1m16.052s, 99 laps
Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren) 1m16.558s, 102 laps
Nick Heidfeld (Williams) 1m16.736s, 117 laps
Antonio Pizzonia (Williams) 1m17.070s, 126 laps
Ricardo Zonta (Toyota) 1m17.305s, 162 laps
Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 1m18.048s, 75 laps
Marc Gene (Ferrari) 1m18.475s, 50 laps

shares
comments
Wurz Sets the Pace at Jerez - Day Five

Previous article

Wurz Sets the Pace at Jerez - Day Five

Next article

Jordan may change role

Jordan may change role
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021