da Matta tops the times Jerez 2003-03-12

After a strenuous Australian Grand Prix, teams slowly returned to testing this week with Toyota's Cristiano da Matta topping the times at Jerez. Four teams and five drivers were at the Spanish circuit and da Matta set a fastest of 1:19.651 over 69...

After a strenuous Australian Grand Prix, teams slowly returned to testing this week with Toyota's Cristiano da Matta topping the times at Jerez. Four teams and five drivers were at the Spanish circuit and da Matta set a fastest of 1:19.651 over 69 laps. The Brazilian worked on set up for the Malaysian GP in ten days time.

Second quickest was McLaren test driver Alex Wurz and the Woking squad also had former Jaguar man Pedro de la Rosa on track. In a one-off test, de la Rosa was fourth quickest, the Spaniard joining Wurz for development work as both David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen are not returning to Europe before the next race.

Williams tester Marc Gene was third fastest, working on systems and suspension for the FW25: "It was a beautiful sunny day to start this three day test," said test team manager Tim Newton.

"The test team were pleased with Sunday's result and continued to maintain the hard work needed for the continuous evolution of the FW25. Marc was driving today as the focus was directed towards systems work and suspension comparisons. We were also looking ahead to the ban on traction control which will be introduced during the season and testing the new set-up."

Rounding off the times was BAR test driver Takuma Sato. Meanwhile, over at Fiorano, Felipe Massa tested the Ferrari F2002 and completed a huge 143 laps, setting a best of 57.782. The Brazilian worked on a Bridgestone tyre programme and will continue tomorrow. Other Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer is resting after squashing the F2003-GA into the wall at Mugello yesterday.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams