Schumacher tries super engine for Brazil

Thu, 12 October 2006, 09:33

Following his title-denting engine failure at Suzuka, Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher returned to driving duty at Jerez on Wednesday to test the weapon of choice for his last GP in ten days.

According to sources, the German – who must win in Brazil in order to stand a chance of the championship – topped the field of nine with the aid of a special-specification engine.

Because it must last only one grand prix rather than the usual two, the V8 has been re-mapped to produce an extra twenty horse power.

Ferrari’s unique approach to Interlagos contrasts starkly to that of Renault, who intend to play it safe in order to guarantee Fernando Alonso at least eighth place and a point.

Also of interest in southern Spain is the much-vaunted head-to-head between Pedro de la Rosa and GP2 champion Lewis Hamilton. De la Rosa won out on Wednesday with a quicker time by three tenths.

Meanwhile, on the shorter ‘south’ circuit at Silverstone, heavy Northampton rain prevented Renault’s Nelson Piquet from doing much more than a few sodden installation laps.

Venezuelan GP2 driver Ernesto Viso, however, had to brave the conditions ahead of his Friday drive for the Spyker team in ten days time.


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