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Testing update - Ralf and Badoer top 27 Nov 2003

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 18 April 2003

Ralf Schumacher moved to the top of the timesheets at Valencia on Wednesday as Formula One testing continued at the Spanish circuit. Schumacher outpaced team mate Juan Pablo Montoya by less than a tenth of a second.

Jarno Trulli was third fastest for Renault, ahead of the two McLarens of Alexander Wurz and David Coulthard, and Franck Montagny in the second Renault. Trulli tested suspension components for the new R24, while Montagny spent the day evaluating new differential software and different damper configurations for next year's car.

Mark Webber set the seventh best time for Jaguar, outpacing Austrian youngster Christian Klien who got a second day behind the wheel with the Ford-owned team. The Williams of Marc Gene and the Toyota of Ryan Briscoe completed the line-up at Valencia, which was hit by strong winds in the afternoon, making it difficult for drivers to improve their times.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Valencia:
1. Ralf Schumacher, Williams, 1:10.321
2. Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 1:10.349
3. Jarno Trulli, Renault, 1:10.406
4. Alexander Wurz, McLaren, 1:10.761
5. David Coulthard, McLaren, 1:11.069
6. Franck Montagny, Renault, 1:11.206
7. Mark Webber, Jaguar, 1:11.260
8. Marc Gene, Williams, 1:11.741
9. Christian Klien, Jaguar, 1:11.935
10. Ryan Briscoe, Toyota, 1:11.998

Ferrari again had three cars present at Barcelona, as the world champions continued their technical programme. Luca Badoer again set the fastest time, but the BARs upped their pace, with Jenson Button and Takuma Sato bettering the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Luciano Burti respectively.

Giancarlo Fisichella completed the Barcelona line-up on his second day in the cockpit for Sauber. The team concentrated on aerodynamic measurements in the morning, then tested new brake materials and tyres in the afternoon.

"Although this was only Giancarlo's second day with team, it felt as if he has been around for a long time," commented Jacky Eeckelaert, Sauber's Chief Race Engineer. "It's a real pleasure to work with him."

Testing continues at Valencia and Barcelona on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Barcelona:
1. Luca Badoer, Ferrari, 1:17.291
2. Jenson Button, BAR, 1:17.431
3. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:17.670
4. Takuma Sato, BAR, 1:17.707
5. Luciano Burti, Ferrari, 1:17.886
6. Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber, 1:18.246