Quiet start to testing in France

It was a quiet start to the testing week at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (HTTT), at Le Castellet in France, with only two teams at the circuit. McLaren and Toyota each had a duo of test drivers present and it was McLaren's Alex Wurz who ...

It was a quiet start to the testing week at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track (HTTT), at Le Castellet in France, with only two teams at the circuit. McLaren and Toyota each had a duo of test drivers present and it was McLaren's Alex Wurz who topped the times.

The Austrian set a best of 1:12.825 and completed the most laps of the day, 100. Teammate Pedro de la Rosa was second quickest, just three thousandths down. Ricardo Zonta was the better of the Toyotas, but over a second off the pace of the leaders. Ryan Briscoe rounded off the times 2.5 seconds down on Zonta.

At Mugello it was Ferrari tester Luca Badoer putting the F2004 through its paces. On a wet track Badoer worked on a tyre programme and completed 68 laps, with a best time of 1:24.530.

Badoer continues at Mugello tomorrow, while BAR, Renault and Williams are scheduled to join the Paul Ricard activity. IRL driver Scott Dixon will get his first taste of an F1 car when he tests for Williams on Friday. The New Zealander will undertake a further, three-day test with the team at Barcelona in early April.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Ricardo Zonta , Alexander Wurz , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams