Ferrari ahead again Barcelona 2002-03-22

Fifteen drivers took part in today's test session at the Circuit de Catalunya and Ferrari once again topped the times, Rubens Barrichello clocking a fastest of 1:18.256 ahead of team mate Michael Schumacher. Both drivers continued work in the...

Fifteen drivers took part in today's test session at the Circuit de Catalunya and Ferrari once again topped the times, Rubens Barrichello clocking a fastest of 1:18.256 ahead of team mate Michael Schumacher. Both drivers continued work in the F2002 while tester Luca Badoer was sixth fastest in the F2001. Ferrari have yet to announce a decision on which chassis they will use for next weekend's Brazilian GP.

BAR's Olivier Panis had a good day in third, test driver Anthony Davidson outside the top ten as he worked on aerodynamics. The team think they have ironed out the handling problems they experienced in Malaysia; reports have it that Jacques Villeneuve was absent from testing due to a back problem. McLaren tester Alex Wurz was fourth followed by David Coulthard, both drivers running busy programmes including tyre and engine work.

Jaguar continued with chassis evaluation between the R3 and R2 and have decide to take the newer R3 to Imola for the San Marino GP in three weeks. Pedro de la Rosa set the seventh fastest time in the R2 while Eddie Irvine was tenth in the R3 but there was barely anything between them.

The Williams' of Marc Gene and Ralf Schumacher were eighth and ninth respectively, Gene doing a whopping 131 laps and Ralf working on brake and tyre development. Outside the top ten, Renault's Jenson Button and Toyota's Mika Salo had electrical problems while Nick Heidfeld took over from Felipe Massa at Sauber. Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella rounded up the bottom of the times, sporadic engine problems slowing him down.

Today was the end of this week's test, tomorrow morning Michelin will carry out private wet-weather tyre tests with McLaren, Williams and Renault.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Giancarlo Fisichella , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Pedro de la Rosa , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Mika Salo
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Jordan