Barcelona Test - 28 - 30 January 2005 Circuit de Catalunya, Saturday, 30 January 2005 Weather: Sunny -
Temperature: Air 16°, Track 17° Number of laps: Jacques Villeneuve 80 laps, 370.160 kilometres Track
Length: 4.627 kilometres
30 January: Team SAUBER PETRONAS completed its three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya
today. Jacques Villeneuve covered 80 laps in chassis C24-01 with a best time of 1:18.117s.
Team SAUBER PETRONAS will test
again in Jerez from 8 to 10 February.
Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "Unfortunately our test here in
Barcelona ended not the way we have wished for. At the final timed lap Jacques experienced oversteer while accelerating out of turn
9 and went off track. Fortunately Jacques was unharmed, but we now, of course, have to analyse the data to get a correct and
thorough picture of the reason for this incident. "The positive aspect of this test is that we achieved our set goal to
complete an engine long-run. We simulated a two-race weekend situation and covered almost 1,400 kilometres with one PETRONAS engine
without any problem. "Overall, the last three test days demonstrated the reliability of the C24. Our target for the
forthcoming tests - whereby we will run with two cars from now - will be to further work on the car's set-up and hence the
improvement of the balance."
Jacques Villeneuve: "Today we mainly concentrated on aerodynamic tests and
assessed several different front wings, and were able to gather quite a lot of useful data and information. Of course, I'm
disappointed that I went off track at our penultimately scheduled lap, but at least it was just before the finish of today, so we
didn't lose much valuable time."