FIA International Formula 3000 Official Test At Barcelona, Spain 19th & 20th February 2002 Following last week's first official test at Estoril, the team moved onto Spain to continue development work on the new car. Day one of the test was cool...
FIA International Formula 3000
Official Test At Barcelona, Spain
19th & 20th February 2002
Following last week's first official test at Estoril, the team moved onto Spain to continue development work on the new car. Day one of the test was cool but sunny with Ricardo Sperafico testing in the three-hour morning session. On his first set of new tyres Ricardo went second quickest and improved his time further on his second set to stay second fastest behind Giorgio Pantano. Antonio Pizzonia took over from Ricardo for the afternoon session. Track conditions were not as quick but Antonio was quick early on in the session. He only used one set of new tyres and therefore his position had dropped to sixth by the end of the session.
With similar weather conditions to yesterday, Antonio was first to start in the car for day two of the test. The quickest times of the morning were again set during the first half of the session. Antonio finished the session fourth quickest. After the lunch break Ricardo returned to the car but unfortunately after only a few laps there was another problem to the cars gearbox. This lost him quite a lot of time, but nevertheless he managed to finish the afternoon third quickest.
Antonio Pizzonia 1:29.621
"We had a better day today than yesterday. In the morning session I was two tenths off the pace but everyone else was using heated tyres and I wasn't. When using heated tyres, especially in this colder weather it is possible to find half a second. There is still a lot of work to be done on the car, we are still learning and hopefully we can learn quickly as there is not a lot of testing left before the first race."
Ricardo Sperafico 1:30.224
"Today we learned more about the car and we now know what set-up to use for the race, but we had a problem with the gears and we lost a lot of running time. It has been a good test, unfortunately I didn't make a good time today because of the work on the gears but we did a lot of mileage. I am quite happy with the car and now I want to work with my car when we go testing at Imola."
Team Manager - Paul Jackson
"We've had another very frustrating test at Barcelona, interrupted again by problems with the gear box which has prevented us covering as much ground as we'd have hoped to. However both drivers performed well and considering that we did not heat our tyres, we were still pretty competitive. For the next tests we will have two cars and hopefully the gearbox problems will be resolved which will allow us to get on with our test programme in a more productive way."