McLaren test driver Alex Wurz set the fastest time at Jerez today where eleven drivers from five teams took part in the test session. Wurz set a top time of 1:20.868 over 75 laps while team driver Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest. Jaguar...
McLaren test driver Alex Wurz set the fastest time at Jerez today where eleven drivers from five teams took part in the test session. Wurz set a top time of 1:20.868 over 75 laps while team driver Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest. Jaguar continued with mixed fortunes, Antonio Pizzonia second fastest but Mark Webber again at the bottom of the times. Pizzonia evaluated Michelin tyres in the R3 but Webber's R3C suffered engine problems and he managed just fifteen laps.
Williams had Ralf Schumacher and tester Marc Gene on duty, third and seventh respectively: "A productive second day as we continued working through our testing programme," said test team manager Tim Newton. "Ralf drove a respectable 68 laps focusing on tyre work for Michelin on a dry track. Marc extended the new engine schedule and chassis development. The wind got stronger as the day went on and the conditions did unsettle the cars towards the end of the afternoon session."
Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso and French driver Franck Montagny were present for Renault -- fifth, eighth and tenth -- while Jenson Button made his debut for BAR. The Englishman was ninth fastest but was hampered by engine problems. Button said he was disappointed to not have a more productive first test but was settling in to the team well. Jacques Villeneuve was also on track, setting the sixth quickest time.
Ferrari continued at Mugello with Luciano Burti on tyre testing duties and at Barcelona where Luca Badoer and Rubens Barrichello rounded off a tyre, electronics and new components programme. Sauber was also at Barcelona, Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen completing the week's testing of tyres and new mechanical parts.
Toyota finished a three day test at the Paul Ricard circuit in France with both Olivier Panis and Christiano da Matta on track. Poor weather throughout the week meant the programme revolved around rain tyre testing, wet weather set-up and engine mapping. This weekend will see the end of the 2002 winter testing schedule for the teams ahead of the Christmas break.