McLaren held on to its dominant performance at the Circuit de Catalunya today, claiming the top two spots with David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen. Coulthard set the fastest time of 1:15.382 and while tester Alex Wurz was off the pace in sixth ...
McLaren held on to its dominant performance at the Circuit de Catalunya today, claiming the top two spots with David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen. Coulthard set the fastest time of 1:15.382 and while tester Alex Wurz was off the pace in sixth quickest, he proved the reliability of the modified 2002 chassis by running a massive 94 laps.
Williams returned to form somewhat with Juan Pablo Montoya third quickest, only just over a tenth slower than Raikkonen. Test driver Marc Gene was seventh. "For the fourth consecutive morning we have had minus temperatures on the track for the installation lap, today we had a frosty track due to the high humidity," said test team manager Tim Newton.
"The day did warm up quicker than previously and the temperature soon stabilised at 12°C. We continued the engine programme with the P83 driven by Marc and established some useful mileage. Juan was driving a FW24 03 and ran tyres for Michelin and other systems work. Aside from a couple of red flags on the circuit, it was a routine day and we were pleased with the data collected."
The Toyota duo of Olivier Panis and Christiano da Matta were fourth and fifth fastest respectively. Panis rounded off the team's scheduled test in the new TF103 and said the car felt competitive and responsive while da Matta was satisfied with component testing on the interim TF102B. Toyota will test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France next week.
BAR test driver Anthony Davidson was eighth fastest while the two Renaults of Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli were split by Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia to round off today's times. "A more productive day's testing today," said Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne. "Fernando conducted tyre tests for Michelin in the hybrid car and Jarno continued suspension evaluation in last year's R202."