Gen? tops Paul Ricard test 2003-05-06

Four drivers from three teams kicked off the week's testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today, in sunny but windy conditions. Williams test driver Marc Gené topped the times; the Spaniard set a best of 1:13.650 and worked on preparations...

Four drivers from three teams kicked off the week's testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France today, in sunny but windy conditions. Williams test driver Marc Gené topped the times; the Spaniard set a best of 1:13.650 and worked on preparations for the Austrian Grand Prix.

"Marc Gené completed 104 laps today under clear skies at the Paul Ricard circuit," said Williams test team manager Tim Newton. "The team predominantly focused on comprehensive set up work of the FW25-02 with additional testing of the Michelin compounds. Tomorrow we will be concentrating on endurance runs with Marc at the wheel again."

Second fastest was the Sauber of Heinz-Harald Frentzen. The German focused on configuration work for Monaco, including mechanical and aerodynamic set up, and testing Bridgestone tyres.

Cristiano da Matta and team test driver Ricardo Zonta were on duty for Toyota, third and fourth respectively. The pair racked up over one hundred laps between them.

Ferrari was busy in Italy; tester Felipe Massa ran an F2002 chassis at Monza and Rubens Barrichello was at Mugello driving an F2003-GA. Massa concentrated on Bridgestone tyres while Barrichello worked on development of the new chassis.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Ricardo Zonta , Marc Gene , Felipe Massa , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Williams