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Testing update - Sato unhurt in Mugello crash 01 Oct 2003

Takuma Sato (JPN) BAR Test Driver 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

BAR test driver Takuma Sato survived unscathed after crashing at Mugello on Tuesday. The British team, who also had Anthony Davidson on track, were testing alongside Ferrari in preparation for the Japanese Grand Prix on October 12.

Midway through the afternoon session Sato put a wheel on the grass at the high-speed Turn eight, where he was travelling at approximately 250 kph, and lost control of his car before hitting the tyre wall.

The Japanese driver banged his lower left leg in the crash. He was checked over by medical staff at the circuit and, as a precaution, was taken to the nearby Borgo San Lorenzo hospital for a routine X-ray. He is expected to return to the cockpit on Wednesday, his 005 having sustained only minimal damage.

Tuesday's timesheets at Mugello were topped by Ferrari's Luca Badoer. The Italian test driver, who was joined by Felipe Massa in the afternoon, worked on a technical programme, centred on tyre testing and set-up work for the forthcoming Suzuka race. Both drivers will continue work at Mugello on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, McLaren were at Silverstone, with Alexander Wurz and Darren Turner completing just under 40 laps between them. They were joined by British Formula 3 driver Steven Kane, whose run was part of his prize for winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 2001.

Toyota were also in action, at Jerez in Spain, where some heavy rain allowed Australian driver Ryan Briscoe to get in some wet-weather tyre testing. The Japanese squad will be joined by fellow Michelin runners Williams on Wednesday.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Mugello:
1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:22.689
2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:23.600
3. Takuma Sato, BAR, 1:23.939
4. Anthony Davidson, BAR, 1:24.456

Unofficial Tuesday times from Silverstone:
1. Alexander Wurz, McLaren, 1:22.803
2. Darren Turner, McLaren, 1:24.336