Weekly testing update 2001-03-12

<B>FERRARI</B>: F2001 BACK TO EUROPE - (1st - 14 points) The Ferrari team freighted one of its new F2001 chassis back from Australia in order for Rubens Barrichello to test once it has been prepared, but the effort was slightly ...

<B>FERRARI</B>: F2001 BACK TO EUROPE - (1st - 14 points)

The Ferrari team freighted one of its new F2001 chassis back from Australia in order for Rubens Barrichello to test once it has been prepared, but the effort was slightly compromised when the car was delayed for an extra day in Bangkok due to plane trouble. Meanwhile Luca Badoer tested starts with the old F300 and F1-2000 at Fiorano and also carried out wet weather tests on the artficially flooded circuit. The engines have also been returned and have been checked on the test bed, There will be a few modications for Malaysia. "This is going to be a very difficult race for us," said Ferrari spokesman Claudio Berro, " a test of our competitiveness and reliability."

<B>McLAREN</B>: PAFFET JOINS WURZ FOR TEST - (2nd - 6 points)

British F3 rising star Gary Paffet joined regular McLaren-Mercedes test driver Alexander Wurz at Magny-Cours for a five day test this week, the two men working behind the wheel of a pair of MP4/15K development chassis. "We have been concentrating on tyre development in preparation for Malaysia as well as engine durability runs and electronic systems development for the revised rules which come into effect in Spain," said McLaren MD Martin Whitmarsh who also confirmed that Hakkinen's retirement from the Australian GP was caused by the failure of a front lower wishbone outer joint on his MP4/16 while running second behind winner Michael Schumacher.

<B>SAUBER</B>: NO TESTING THIS WEEK - (3rd - 4 points)

Both Sauber-Petronas drivers got a week off which they will use for physical training and over the coming weekend will carry out PR work for Petronas in Malaysia. One of the C20s will be driven in a demonstration on public roads in Malaysia.

<B>JORDAN</B>: ZONTA AT SILVERSTONE -(4th - 2 points)

Ricardo Zonta started a two day test for the Jordan-Honda team at Silverstone yesterday (Thursday), this being one of only three teams to fly home a car from Australia in order to use a 2001 car at this test. With wet conditions persisting all day, Jordan concentrated on rain set-up and carried out tyre testing for Bridgestone in the afternoon for a best time of 1m 36.50s. After Zonta completes testing today, the EJ-11 chassis 02 will be flown out to Malaysia for the second round of the World Championship.

<B>BAR</B>: NO TESTING - (5th - 0 points)

Following Jacques Villeneuve's accident in the Australian Grand Prix the BAR-Honda team did not go testing this week.

<B>JAGUAR</B>: SCHECKTER JOINS DE LA ROSA - (6th - 0 points)

Youngster Tomas Scheckter joined new Jaguar test driver Pedro de la Rosa at Silverstone for the start of the team's pre-Malaysian GP test programme, the young South African F3 graduate scheduled to drive for two days while de la Rosa will continue to the end of today (Friday). De la Rosa acclimatised himself to the new Jaguar R2 chassis, completing 48 laps for a best of 1m 27.00s while Scheckter did 28 laps in an interim R1B development chassis for a best of 1m 27.772s. "I spent a day getting used to the car," said de la Rosa, "but I hope my experience will lend itself well to our tyre test programme with Michelin." Scheckter commented; "It was good to get back behind the wheel of an F1 car again. We did some set-up work today combined with tyre testing." In the rain on Thursday De La Rosa posted a 1m 37.57s with the Jaguar R2, 0.7sec faster than Scheckter in the R1B.

<B>PROST</B>: NO TESTING - (8th - 0 points)

The Prost team is remaining in Asia between Australia and Malaysia with Jean Alesi doing PR duties in Japan. There will be no testing this week for the team as a consequence.

<B>ARROWS</B>: HERBERT HAS FIRST TEST - (7th- 0 points)

Johnny Herbert had his first outing in the role of official Arrows test driver at Silverstone on Wednesday with the protototype Arrows A21B development car, his maiden run being a familiarisation outing before starting serious development work. After initial rain abated he carried out electrical testing during the afternoon, completing 46 laps for a best of 1m 25.42s. "To be honest, I was surprised with how well the car handled, but we still had a lot of work to do," said Herbert. "I expected a lot more problems to sort out, but I'm relatively happy with the way things have gone." Herbert took over the Arrows A22 on Thursday and managed a 1m 38.56s in the wet conditions.

<B>MINARDI</B>: SPARE CAR FOR SEPANG - (9th - 0 points)

About half the Minardi team has returned to base to make sure that the third PS01 monocoque will be finished on Sunday for shipment to Malaysia where it will be assembled into a spare car. There will be no changes to the car spec for Sepang apart from different pedals on Marques's car to make him feel more comfortable.


Benetton Renault Sport test driver Mark Webber started a three day test for the team at Silverstone on Wednesday, having returned from Melbourne while the majority of the team remained in Asia for the break prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix. The track was wet at the start of the session but dried out during the course of the morning, enabling Webber to post a 1m 25.793s best while working on software development and tyre testing in preparation for the next race. Webber, who was driving one of last year's B200 chassis at this test, set a second fastest 1m 36.78s in the rain on Thursday as the team continued its development programme.

<B>WILLIAMS</B>: GENE OUT AT SILVERSTONE - (11th - 0 points)

While race drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Montoya have a break prior to the Malaysian GP, Marc Gene was back at Silverstone on Wednesday testing with two Williams-BMW FW22s. After switching to dry tyres late in the morning, Gene concentrated on software, suspension and gearbox development work, splitting his programme between the two cars. "I am very glad to come back here to Silverstone as it feels like a second home to me," said Gene after turning a best of 1m 27.056s. "I actually lived in Buckingham for four years when I was at the University. Having driven for an Italian team (Minardi) in F1 so far, it means that I haven't been testing here for a good while." On Thursday he managed a 1m 37.45s in the rain, commenting; "We had a very productive test today because we could complete the scheduled programme despite the poor weather."


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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Ralf Schumacher , Johnny Herbert , Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Jean Alesi , Jacques Villeneuve , Ricardo Zonta , Marc Gene , Alexander Wurz , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Williams , Benetton , Minardi , Jordan