The newest development driver for BAR Honda, Ryo Fukuda, will test the team's 2001 BAR 003-Honda at Valencia, Spain January 19 and 20.

This will be the first time the young Japanese as driven a Formula One Grand Prix car. Prior to becoming a test driver for the British American Racing team, Fukuda ran the European F3 series. Track engineer Simon Cole will help Fukuda learn the controls and the feel of the cockpit.

The month of January will be busy for the four test drivers and the team as they will travel in Spain and Britain to do most of their evaluation and development runs prior to the start of the 2002 season.