McLaren tops first day at Paul Ricard

Five teams kicked off the week's test session at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in France today, where McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time. The Spaniard clocked a best of 1:32.460 from 113 laps and fellow team tester...

Five teams kicked off the week's test session at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track in France today, where McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa set the fastest time. The Spaniard clocked a best of 1:32.460 from 113 laps and fellow team tester Alex Wurz was sixth quickest. Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard are scheduled to join the test later in the week.

The Williams test duo of Antonio Pizzonia and Marc Gene were second and fourth fastest respectively, both working on tyre compounds and set up. Juan Pablo Montoya will be on duty on Thursday. Toyota had tester Ricardo Zonta and racer Olivier Panis at the track, third and fifth, while test driver Timo Glock was the sole Jordan present, rounding off the times.

BAR's Anthony Davidson was seventh on the time sheet but his day was curtailed due to back pain. Davidson experienced gearbox problems in the morning after only 10 laps, then on only his second lap of the afternoon he braked heavily, trapping a nerve in his back. He was cleared by the circuit doctor and visited hospital for a precautionary check. Jenson Button takes over tomorrow.

At Silverstone Felipe Massa started a three-day test for Sauber, working on both the Grand Prix track and the National circuit. Massa completed 59 laps of the former with a best time of 1:19.060, and 40 of the latter, 40.380 the best on the shorter distance. Rear wing configurations and tyres were day's programme.

Ferrari began a dual test with Michael Schumacher at Fiorano and test driver Luca Badoer at Mugello. Schumacher worked on tyres for Monaco and completed 144 laps -- 30 on the short track -- with a best time of 56.386. Badoer focused on new components and tyres, his best a 1:20.806 from 94 laps (39 on the short track). Both drivers continue at their respective tracks tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Olivier Panis , Kimi Raikkonen , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Jordan