Testing on three tracks 2003-05-21

The news of the day on the testing front was the first run of the McLaren MP4-18 at Paul Ricard in France, but teams also tested at Valencia and Fiorano although Paul Ricard was where the most action was to be found. McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen ...

The news of the day on the testing front was the first run of the McLaren MP4-18 at Paul Ricard in France, but teams also tested at Valencia and Fiorano although Paul Ricard was where the most action was to be found.

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen topped the times in France, in the MP4-17D chassis, setting a best of 1:11.255 over 84 laps. The Woking squad also had David Coulthard present, who was third quickest, and test driver Alex Wurz. The Austrian took the wheel of the MP4-18 for a shakedown of 17 laps and rounded off the times.

Williams fielded Juan Pablo Montoya and tester Marc Gene, second and fourth fastest respectively. The duo worked on set up and tyres for the upcoming Monaco Grand prix. Olivier Panis was the sole Toyota and was fifth on the time sheets.

Renault test driver Allan McNish posted the sixth time of the day on the first of a two-day test for the team. The Scot worked on a new air intake system and evaluation of different engine specifications, and will run a tyre programme tomorrow.

Nick Heidfeld was on track at Valencia for Sauber and concentrated on aerodynamic and tyre preparations for Monaco and Canada. At Fiorano, Michael Schumacher took over from Ferrari tester Felipe Massa and continued with set up and tyre work for Monaco.

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