Testing update - Paul Ricard, Monza, Fiorano 07 May 2003
Less than two days after the Spanish Grand several of the Formula One teams were back in action on Tuesday, as testing got underway ahead the next round of the season in Austria.
The Paul Ricard circuit in France played host to three teams, with Williams test driver Marc Gene topping the timesheets with a best of 1m 13.650, as he completed over 100 laps.
Sauber's Heinz-Harald Frentzen was second quickest (1m 14.632s), the Swiss team working on various set-ups for the Monaco Grand Prix. "Unfortunately it was very windy at the circuit today, which made it difficult to drive the car," reported Sauber's Head of Vehicle Engineering, Jacky Eeckelaert.
"This also affected of course our aerodynamic measurements and it was not easy to get reliable data," he added. "But overall we were able to complete our programme as scheduled."
Toyota completed the line-up at Paul Ricard, with Cristiano da Matta third quickest on 1m 15.915s after 63 laps and test driver Ricardo Zonta fourth with a time of 1m 16.445s.
Jaguar, McLaren, Renault and BAR are all expected to join the running at Paul Ricard on Wednesday.
Elsewhere, Ferrari began work at two testing venues. Test driver Felipe Massa was at the wheel of an F2002 at Monza, focusing primarily on a tyre-development programme for Bridgestone, as he completed over 400 kilometres.
Meanwhile, at Ferrari's Fiorano facility Rubens Barrichello was on track in the F2003-GA. The Brazilian put in a total of 117 laps, concentrating on development of the car and tyre testing, with a best time of 57.413s. Ferrari will continue their programmes at both circuits on Wednesday.
All times are unofficial.