Nine teams were in action at the Circuit de Catalunya for today's test session in warm sunny conditions and Ferrari set the pace. Michael Schumacher topped the times with a 1:18.408, closely followed by team mate Rubens Barrichello. Both were...
Nine teams were in action at the Circuit de Catalunya for today's test session in warm sunny conditions and Ferrari set the pace. Michael Schumacher topped the times with a 1:18.408, closely followed by team mate Rubens Barrichello. Both were using the new F2002, concentrating on set-up while tester Luca Badoer was sixth fastest in the F2001, working on a tyre programme for Bridgestone.
Third fastest was McLaren test driver Alex Wurz, followed by the Jaguar of Pedro de la Rosa. The Spaniard was testing both the R2 and R3 chassis as the team continue to evaluate performance before making a decision about which to use for the San Marino Grand Prix in three weeks time. Williams' test driver Marc Gene put in the most laps of the day with 107 and set the fifth fastest time while Ralf Schumacher was way down the order in 10th. The German had early mechanical problems that prevented him putting in a timed lap in the morning session.
David Coulthard was seventh for McLaren followed by Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella. BAR's Oliver Panis was ninth: BAR caused a stir today when they announced the departure of engineering director Malcolm Oastler and chief designer Andy Green. Apparently scheduled to be there, Jacques Villeneuve failed to show at today's test. BAR test driver Anthony Davidson was on duty and was behind the Sauber of Felipe Massa, who had an uneventful but productive day.
Mika Salo and Toyota had a troubled day, as did Renault's Jarno Trulli again. Salo had hydraulic problems although had a useful test, rounding up the bottom of the times; Trulli managed no timed laps at all, the chassis developing an unspecified problem at the front The car is to be rebuilt tonight ready for Jenson Button to take over tomorrow.