Fastest man on track at the Circuit de Catalunya test session today was Pedro de la Rosa, behind the wheel of the McLaren. The Spaniard, who is in discussions with the team for a possible full time test role, set a fastest of 1:15.506 and...
Fastest man on track at the Circuit de Catalunya test session today was Pedro de la Rosa, behind the wheel of the McLaren. The Spaniard, who is in discussions with the team for a possible full time test role, set a fastest of 1:15.506 and completed 31 laps. Race driver David Coulthard was second quickest for the Woking squad, just over half a second behind.
"The car has matured nicely," Coulthard told Autosport. "But we have to keep working on the reliability. In terms of performance, a lot depends on tyres and our working relationship with Michelin has never been better, and this evolution (of the car) seems to work the tyres better as there is less graining. I am still not entirely at one with it though, and it is possible to be, it is something I have felt in the past."
The Williams duo of tester Marc Gene and Juan Pablo Montoya were third and fourth respectively: "We had a similar weather conditions as yesterday," said test team manager Tim Newton. "Marc completed a tyre test with Michelin while Juan concentrated on set-up comparisons and chassis work. We will be joined by Ralf tomorrow."
Ferrari had Luca Badoer and Rubens Barrichello on track for the second day, the pair split by the BAR of Jenson Button. Badoer was fifth in the F2003-GA, working on development and Barrichello seventh, running a tyre programme in the F2002. Button ran the most laps of the day, racking up 107 as he took over from Takuma Sato.
Cristiano da Matta continued for Toyota, eighth fastest, and Heinz-Harald Frentzen rounded off the times for Sauber. Frentzen worked on tyres and aerodynamics in preparation for Brazil on the first day of Sauber's three-day test.