McLaren dominate Barcelona test 2003-01-15

It was a one-two-three for McLaren in testing at the Circuit de Barcelona today, David Coulthard topping the times again, followed in quick succession by tester Alex Wurz and Kimi Raikkonen. The three McLarens were less than nine tenths of a...

It was a one-two-three for McLaren in testing at the Circuit de Barcelona today, David Coulthard topping the times again, followed in quick succession by tester Alex Wurz and Kimi Raikkonen. The three McLarens were less than nine tenths of a second apart and nearly half a second ahead of the rest of the pack.

Fourth fastest was Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the Sauber C22, one of three 2003 spec cars on track, while team mate Nick Heidfeld in the C21 was eighth quickest. Working on aerodynamics and tyres after swapping cars from yesterday, Heidfeld and Frentzen agreed that the C22 was very promising and technical director Willy Rampf was happy with the reliability.

Olivier Panis was fifth quickest in the Toyota TF103 and experienced what he described as 'typical' difficulties when running a new car. Team mate Christiano da Matta continued in the interim TF102B, working on mechanical set up and tyres and completing a huge 95 laps, the most of the day.

Williams continued with three cars, Marc Gene and Juan Pablo Montoya sixth and seventh fastest and Olivier Beretta twelfth. Ralf Schumacher will sit out January testing due to a back problem. "We had similar weather to yesterday with another cold start, the temperature did rise to a steady 14°C. by midday," said test team manager Tim Newton.

"It was useful day for mileage and we worked through an extensive systems programme. Montoya was driving an FW24 03 and worked on tyres and suspension. Gené also worked on tyres and developing systems."

"It was the last day for Beretta with the test team in Barcelona. Olivier will be back testing for us on Sunday in Valencia for a wet test with Michelin. Today he helped the team with starts and system checks on the new P83 engine. Tomorrow we will have two cars on the track."

Jenson Button took to the circuit in the BAR005, the third new car present for the session, giving the chassis a thorough shakedown on the first of BAR's three day test. He was tenth quickest while running initial system and reliability checks and over all the team was satisfied with the first impressions. Testers Anthony Davidson and Takuma Sato will take over testing duties on Thursday and Friday respectively, to commence set-up work.

Mark Webber was the sole Jaguar on track, eleventh fastest, and rounding off the times were Renault's Fernando Alonso and new test driver Allan McNish.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams