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Test Notes: Valencia 19-01 - Sauber

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19/01/2005

Sauber started its three-day test at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo today.

Giampaolo Dall'Ara (Race Engineer): "The strong wind today made it quite difficult and was affecting the test, but apart from this we had a trouble-free day and covered a lot of laps. This was particularly important as we are still in the stage of getting to know the car and to check its functions and systems in order to gather further information on its reliability. We basically worked on the set-up of the C24 and did some Michelin tyre comparisons to get used to the tyres according to the new regulations. If everything goes in line with the plan we will start with more in-depth Michelin work with Felipe on Friday.

"I think it was a good and productive day. At the beginning it was a bit difficult to get up to pace, but this is normal at the beginning of a new season."

Jacques Villeneuve: "Today was a good and long work day, and much better than my last test. In the morning the handling of the car was a bit difficult, particularly because of the very windy weather conditions, but at the end it was much better. However, we still have to work on it. The long-runs we did were consistent and comparative, but the one-lap pace still leaves room for improvements."

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