Schumacher takes over at Barcelona

Michael Schumacher took up testing duties at Barcelona today and topped the times on his first day of work. Only Minardi and Jordan were missing from the line up of teams at the wet Circuit de Catalunya, with 14 drivers setting a time on ...

Michael Schumacher took up testing duties at Barcelona today and topped the times on his first day of work. Only Minardi and Jordan were missing from the line up of teams at the wet Circuit de Catalunya, with 14 drivers setting a time on track.

Schumacher's best was a 1:25.593 and teammate Rubens Barrichello was also present, third fastest. Renault's Fernando Alonso split the scarlet pair with second quickest and the second Renault of Jarno Trulli was seventh on the time sheet.

Jenson Button took over for BAR, continuing with the team's aerodynamic and tyre schedule, and was fourth quickest. Takuma Sato only did a few laps in the afternoon before going off track, then suffering an engine failure. Team tester Anthony Davidson spent yesterday and today running a wet tyre programme at Valencia.

McLaren's test driver Alex Wurz got the better of David Coulthard, the pair fifth and sixth respectively. Ralf Schumacher was the first of the two Williams on track, eighth, and Scott Dixon continued his F1 learning curve in tenth. Set up and tyres were the order of the day for the duo, Dixon competing some long runs and Ralf also working on traction control. Williams had a third car present, but test driver Marc Gené undertook just a couple of laps and did not set a time.

Felipe Massa continued for Sauber but had to abandon the team's scheduled programme due to the wet weather. The focus switched to tyre evaluations and some set up work when the conditions cleared slightly in the afternoon.

Cristiano da Matta and tester Ricardo Zonta wrapped up Toyota's three day test in 11th and 12th fastest. The team spent the week testing a new package for Imola, including tyres, aerodynamics, launch and traction control. Zonta spent all three days on track, Olivier Panis the first two and da Matta finished up today.

Jaguar tester Bjorn Wirdheim rounded off the times in 14th, continuing the team's set up and tyre programme. Mark Webber is scheduled to take over tomorrow.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Ralf Schumacher , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Olivier Panis , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz , Scott Dixon , Felipe Massa , Bjorn Wirdheim , Cristiano da Matta
Teams Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Minardi , Jordan