Barcelona/Silverstone testing 2002-09-17

A quiet start to the week's testing saw Williams and McLaren on track at Barcelona while Renault and Sauber started at Silverstone. A damp track began the day in Barcelona where McLaren tester Alex Wurz set the fastest time of the four drivers ...

A quiet start to the week's testing saw Williams and McLaren on track at Barcelona while Renault and Sauber started at Silverstone. A damp track began the day in Barcelona where McLaren tester Alex Wurz set the fastest time of the four drivers present. Also testing for the Woking squad was Darren Turner, who was third.

Williams test drivers Marc Gene and Antonio Pizzonia were on duty, Pizzonia suffering a blown engine in the afternoon. He was second fastest over all, Gene fourth.

"A productive day at Barcelona," said test team manager Tim Newton. "With Antonio Pizzonia working with new suspension components and tyre testing with our technical partners Michelin. Marc Gené had a slow start on his first day and we are working on improvements for tomorrow."

Sauber and Renault were at Silverstone, Felipe Massa setting the quickest time at the UK track. The Brazilian tested aerodynamics and ran a successful programme. Nick Heidfeld will take over tomorrow while Heinz-Harald Frentzen gets his first try at the Sauber C21 on Thursday.

Renault had Jenson Button and tester Fernando Alonso working on chassis set-up and Michelin tyres in preparation for the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Alonso finished a few tenths ahead of Button.

"A useful first day at Silverstone," said Technical Director Mike Gascoyne. "We hope the drivers will continue in the same vein during the coming two days as the Team prepares to leave for Indy."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Antonio Pizzonia , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Nick Heidfeld , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Darren Turner , Felipe Massa , Mike Gascoyne
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams