Sauber and McLaren top test times

The dual test schedule got busier on Wednesday as more teams joined the action at the Spanish circuits of Barcelona and Jerez. Ferrari was the sole team on track at Barcelona yesterday but was today joined by Sauber, Renault and Jaguar. Sauber's...

The dual test schedule got busier on Wednesday as more teams joined the action at the Spanish circuits of Barcelona and Jerez. Ferrari was the sole team on track at Barcelona yesterday but was today joined by Sauber, Renault and Jaguar.

Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella took the honours on the time sheet with a best of 1:16.901. The Italian worked on front and rear wing evaluations and tyres and completed 103 laps. Felipe Massa takes over tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso was second quickest, just a few hundredths down on Fisichella, and Renault also had test driver Franck Montagny on duty. Alonso focused on suspension, aerodynamics and set up, while Montagny, fifth fastest, carried out tyre tests.

Ferrari tester Luca Badoer, who was hampered by engine problems yesterday, was third on the time sheet, continuing tyre tests and racking up 117 laps. Michael Schumacher joins the test tomorrow.

Jaguar had two cars at work, Mark Webber totaling the most laps of the day with 136. Team tester Björn Wirdheim rounded off the times in sixth.

At Jerez it was McLaren that topped the time sheet, test driver Pedro de la Rosa clocking 1:17.098. Fellow team tester Alex Wurx was third quickest and both drivers continued development of the MP4-19B.

Williams had its pair of test drivers at Jerez, Marc Gené second and Antonio Pizzonia seventh. Set up, software and tyres were on the agenda for the duo, in preparation for the French and British Grands Prix.

Takuma Sato and test driver Anthony Davidson were on duty for BAR, fourth and sixth respectively. Jenson Button will be behind the wheel tomorrow. Toyota tester Ricardo Zonta was fifth fastest.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Luca Badoer , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Franck Montagny , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa , Bjorn Wirdheim
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams