Coulthard tops Barcelona test 2002-06-25

Six teams and eight drivers took part in the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona today where McLaren's David Coulthard topped the times. The Scot set a fastest of 1:19.494 over 61 laps and McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was...

Six teams and eight drivers took part in the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona today where McLaren's David Coulthard topped the times. The Scot set a fastest of 1:19.494 over 61 laps and McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was fourth fastest.

It was a close session with only a second separating all the drivers. Two Williams were on track, testers Antonio Pizzonia and Marc Gene being second and sixth quickest respectively.

Sauber's Nick Heidfeld set the third fastest time, completing more than ninety laps and working on aerodynamics, launch control and a Bridgestone tyre programme. Jacky Eeckelaert, head of the test team, said the Catalunya circuit was good for preparation for Silverstone as the track surfaces are very alike.

Jenson Button was the sole Renault present and concentrated on set-up and systems development in the first of a four day test. Takuma Sato was seventh, Jordan preparing for their home race at the British Grand Prix and Enrique Bernoldi rounded off the times for Arrows. The Leafield team will use the Barcelona test for Bridgestone tyre work and software developments.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , David Coulthard , Nick Heidfeld , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Jordan