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Benetton completes Barcelona testing The Benetton team have completed their testing at Barcelona. Giancarlo Fisichella completed a race distance of 77 laps in the Benetton B200, with a best lap of 1m22.00 Giancarlo said "It's amazing that on...

Benetton completes Barcelona testing

The Benetton team have completed their testing at Barcelona. Giancarlo Fisichella completed a race distance of 77 laps in the Benetton B200, with a best lap of 1m22.00 Giancarlo said "It's amazing that on only my second day in the car I was able to finish a race distance. The car is starting to really fly now, I can't wait to get back in".

Fisichella and Wurz are moving on to Monte Carlo next week for personal training with the Human Performance Centre.

Zanardi and WilliamsF1 split

Zanardi and WilliamsF1 have issued a joint statement: "Williams and Alex Zanardi announced tonight a joint decision to terminate their Formula One relationship, with the effect that Alex Zanardi will not drive for the BMW Williams team in 2000. This decision follows a difficult 1999 season for Alex and Williams. We would like to thank Alex for his efforts for the team in 1999 and wish him every success for the future."

The new car and sponsors will be unveiled Monday, and the team hopes to name their second driver. The shoot-out continues this weekend between Jenson Button and Bruno Junqueira.

Jordan gives new car first run

The Jordan Grand Prix team have tested the EJ10 at Silverstone this week. The car completed the tests without major drama.

Benetton tests B200

Benetton have been testing the newly launched B200 extensively this week, alongside a B199, at the Circuit de Catalunya. On Tuesday the aim was for a shakedown. Alex Wurz was clearly pleased with the testing, saying "The engine sounds super fantastic and the car feels good. I didn't want to stop but the circuit was closed, so I had to. It's difficult to say much after one lap but I do feel very happy".

By Thursday the team was into reliability running, with Wurz doing 61 laps in the B200. Fisichella did brake-testing in the B199. Wurz said that "We took a bg step forward with the balance today and did some good work on the engine. I can't remember the last time I completed 61 laps here in one day!"

On Friday, Giancarlo Fisichella had his first run in the B200. "My initial impression is that the engine seems very good and I have a good feeling in the car... Once we get the new wing package, as we've been running one from the B199, I think there will be a significant improvement."

Zonta worries about BAR speed

Ricardo Zonta has said that he feels the BAR 02 is currently too slow. "We are not very quick. We lack downforce, so we are struggling in the faster corners and we also lack traction. A new aerodynamic package should be ready for the second week of February and we are also expecting something more from Honda".

-- Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jenson Button , Ricardo Zonta , Bruno Junqueira , Alexander Wurz , Alex Zanardi
Teams Williams , Benetton , Jordan