Gen? still in charge Paul Ricard 2003-05-07

Williams test driver Marc Gené was again the top of the times at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today, setting a best of 1:11.919. A busier day for the circuit on the second day of testing, with ten drivers from seven teams taking part in the...

Williams test driver Marc Gené was again the top of the times at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today, setting a best of 1:11.919. A busier day for the circuit on the second day of testing, with ten drivers from seven teams taking part in the session.

"The test programme continued at Paul Ricard today with endurance running, the objective being further development of the FW25 chassis," said Williams test team manager Tim Newton. "Combined with this, we also ran various new tyre compounds as well as several new engine components."

"Marc Gené completed 101 laps, topping the time sheets with a lap time of 1:11.919. Tomorrow, Ralf Schumacher will take over from Marc for the remainder of the test -- the team's main emphasis will centre on chassis development work."

Second fastest was McLaren tester Alex Wurz and the team also had David Coulthard on duty, the Scot fourth quickest. Cristiano da Matta set the third time of the day and team tester Ricardo Zonta rounded off the times in tenth.

Jenson Button and test driver Anthony Davidson were fifth and sixth respectively for BAR, followed by the Jaguar of Mark Webber. Jarno Trulli evaluated a new Renault engine for the Austrian Grand Prix and also worked on tyres and suspension. The Italian was eighth fastest.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was ninth for Sauber, testing wing configurations and mechanical set up for Monaco in the morning and tyres for Austria in the afternoon. Gearbox problems hampered his running at the end of the day.

Felipe Massa was at Monza for Ferrari again, continuing with a Bridgestone tyre programme, and at Fiorano Rubens Barrichello carried on with development work on the F2003-GA.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams