Sat, Sep 25, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Racers practice on Shanghai track

AP , SHANGHAI, CHINA

The cars finally set to the track for the first official practice Friday for the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix, with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher down the list.

However, don't expect the Ferrari ace to stay there long.

Friday's are traditionally the day for sorting out details and testing various car setups. Ferrari is famous for making the most of those opportunities leading up to race day, winning 13 out of 15 races this season.

Friday's practice was the first time that all the teams got to drive on the 5.451km track at the brand-new circuit in Shanghai. Drivers and their crews grabbed the chance to experiment, hoping to find the most effective combination of mechanical setup and race strategy for the track.

Schumacher's 15th place time of 1 minute, 37.300 seconds should be discounted for now. Anthony Davidson, the test driver for BAR-Honda, led the way with 1:35.369.

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