Coulthard fastest Barcelona 2003-01-14

McLaren and Toyota joined Williams and Sauber at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today where David Coulthard set the fastest time. The Scot posted a quickest of 1:15.266, two and a half seconds faster than Juan Pablo Montoya's best time of ...

McLaren and Toyota joined Williams and Sauber at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today where David Coulthard set the fastest time. The Scot posted a quickest of 1:15.266, two and a half seconds faster than Juan Pablo Montoya's best time of yesterday. McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was sixth quickest.

Williams again fielded three cars, tester Marc Gene second fastest behind Coulthard, Montoya fourth quickest and Olivier Beretta of Monaco rounding off the bottom of the times in his first try out for the team.

"Again we started with a very cold day, the track temperature was as low as minus 3°C when we began at nine this morning," said test team manager Tim Newton. "The track temperature did get up to 15°C by the end of the session."

"Olivier Beretta has joined the test team driving a FW24D 01 for engine work and successfully completed the mileage task of 250km. It was the first time that he had driven that car and on dry track conditions. Juan was focusing on brake and tyre work alongside Marc who also concentrated on tyres and chassis work. We are expecting a similar weather forcast tomorrow."

The Sauber duo of Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen were third and seventh respectively. Heidfeld continued in the C22, working on aerodynamics while Frentzen carried on with testing new components on the C21 and will get his chance in the new chassis tomorrow. Technical director Willy Rampf was happy with the reliability of the C22, which Heidfeld described as running 'like clockwork'.

Toyota had Oliver Panis and Christiano da Matta on duty, fifth and eighth quickest. Panis started the TF103 on its first testing programme since the shakedown last week and said he could feel a difference in the new car. Da Matta ran an interim TF102B chassis and was happy with his day despite not putting in as many laps as expected.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Olivier Beretta
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams