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Villenenve Fastest Again in Barcelona Test

Villeneuve Tops Time Sheets Again Barcelona, Spain, 15 January 1999 For the second day in succession, Jacques Villeneuve and his British American Racing-Supertec 01 had the fastest time in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. The 1997...

Villeneuve Tops Time Sheets Again Barcelona, Spain, 15 January 1999

For the second day in succession, Jacques Villeneuve and his British American Racing-Supertec 01 had the fastest time in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. The 1997 Formula One World Champion's quickest lap, of 1 min 23.8 secs, was recorded while running through a programme involving engine mapping and suspension set-up work. Only Williams driver, Alex Zanardi, with a lap of 1:23.6 set on the first day of this three-day session, recorded a faster time than Villeneuve. British American Racing now moves to Jerez, in southern Spain, for a four-day test commencing on January 23. This will be the team's first opportunity to compare its Formula One challenger with the 1999 cars of its major rivals.

JACQUES VILLENEUVE "The car continues to be quick, but we haven't done enough laps. Also, we still have reliability issues, but I am not worried because I know they will be fixed. We haven't done enough work, but the essentials of the car are good."

CRAIG POLLOCK, Managing Director, British American Racing "I'm happy because the team continues to progress. I am a little disappointed with the reliability of the car, but its performance outweighs those problems. This test has demonstrated that we still have a great deal of work to do."

STEVE FARREL, Chief Engineer, British American Racing " It has been another day of progress that has brought improvements but also revealed problems that must be addressed before Australia. That is what testing is all about. We want to discover what the problems are now and not during the race in Melbourne. The issues that have arisen can all be solved - none is insurmountable. We have been working through a list of various suspension settings and carrying out further engine work during these test sessions. The most encouraging aspect is that the car is fast, even though some of the parts are fragile, and we know that reliability improvements can be made before the first race."

GREG FIELD, Team Manager, British American Racing "Obviously, the number of laps today is disappointing, but technically, we continue to make good progress. These three days of testing have shown that the team is very efficient and quick in solving mechanical problems on the move. We resume testing in Jerez in just over a week and look forward to comparing our times with those of other teams running their new cars."

ANDREW ALSWORTH, Team Coordinator, British American Racing "The team is looking forward to running Ricardo Zonta in his new car at the next test. It will be his very first time in the British American Racing-Supertec 01, and it will be a significant milestone for all of us."

Unofficial times Villeneuve (British American Racing) 1:23.8 23 laps Zanardi (Williams) 1:23.9 15 laps Badoer (Ferrari) 1:24.1 13 laps Panis (Prost) 1:24.5 12 laps Salo (Arrows) 1:24.6 18 laps Irvine (Ferrari) 1:24.7 54 laps Trulli (Prost) 1:24.9 54 laps

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