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Coulthard fastest Barcelona 2002-12-05

On the final day of testing for many teams at the Circuit de Catalunya, McLaren's David Coulthard took over the top of the times. The Scot set a fastest of 1:15.674, breaking the lap record with the first time under 1:16s. Second quickest, over...

On the final day of testing for many teams at the Circuit de Catalunya, McLaren's David Coulthard took over the top of the times. The Scot set a fastest of 1:15.674, breaking the lap record with the first time under 1:16s. Second quickest, over one and a half seconds adrift, was Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya.

McLaren also continued with Gary Paffett behind the wheel. The Brit was sixth quickest behind Ralf Schumacher and the third Williams on track was tester Marc Gene in seventh. The squad worked collectively on traction control, tyres, suspension, brakes and the new BMW P83 engine, along with the 2003 gearbox, over the three day test.

Olivier Panis was fourth fastest for Toyota, the Frenchman working on tyres and distance running. Team mate Christiano da Matta was on duty at the Paul Ricard circuit in France this week and completed a tyre and set-up programme.

Jacques Villeneuve and Anthony Davidson were on track for BAR and were joined by Ralf Firman in his tryout for the team. Brakes, electronics and tyre work was the schedule for BAR's testing week, Davidson (10th today) on duty for all three days with Villeneuve (8th) and Firman (12th) closing the test programme today.

Renault was the other team present, Fernando Alonso eleventh quickest and Tiago Monteiro thirteenth. "We had another useful day's testing with Fernando completing the test programme in the R202," said technical director Mike Gascoyne. "Overall we were able to finish all our assessments during the three days and gathered some useful data for next season."

Elsewhere, Ferrari had Luciano Burti continuing with electronics testing and development of new components at Mugello and Luca Badoer at Jerez working on tyres. Also at Jerez was Sauber's Nick Heidfeld who worked on gearbox developments and aerodynamics. Heidfeld had a minor off at turn 10 but that was the extent of the excitement for the day.

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