Klien leads the way at Valencia

Testing resumed at Valencia on January 25th with 10 drivers from five teams on duty at the Spanish track. There is some confusion over whom was fastest -- it may have been Red Bull's Christian Klien or it may have been Williams' Antonio Pizzonia.

Testing resumed at Valencia on January 25th with 10 drivers from five teams on duty at the Spanish track. There is some confusion over whom was fastest -- it may have been Red Bull's Christian Klien or it may have been Williams' Antonio Pizzonia. According to Williams, Klien set a best of 1:11.241, with Pizzonia a tenth behind. David Coulthard was at work alongside Klien at Red Bull and was sixth fastest of the day.

Nick Heidfeld was also on track for Williams, fifth on the time sheet. In cold conditions at Valencia, he and Pizzonia worked on set ups. "Progress was also hampered by inclement weather conditions, with strong winds making it hard for us to achieve any consistent running," said test team manager Tim Newton.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest while giving the Renault R25 its first track outing. The Spaniard gave the new chassis a shakedown, with a few unscheduled stops on track, while teammate Giancarlo Fisichella completed 35 laps of tyre work in the R24, ninth overall.

BAR had Takuma Sato and test driver Anthony Davidson at work, fourth and eighth respectively. Both were behind the wheel of an 007 chassis and worked on set up in the windy conditions. Davidson also tested weight distribution but was slightly hampered by an engine problem, which required a change.

Toyota was the other team on track, Ricardo Zonta clocking seventh on the time sheet and fellow test driver Olivier Panis rounded off the list in 10th. At Barcelona, McLaren continued the first test of the MP4-20 with Kimi Raikkonen behind the wheel.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Antonio Pizzonia , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Fernando Alonso , Christian Klien
Teams McLaren , Williams