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Testing update - Williams set Monza pace 04 Jun 2003

Marc Gene (ESP) Williams signs autographs for fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 6 March 2003

Formula One testing resumed on Tuesday, with no less than four circuits around Europe witnessing action, as the teams gear up for the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

Fresh from their Monaco success, Williams set the pace at Monza, with Marc Gene recording the day's best time of 1m 23.203s, ahead of the BAR of Anthony Davidson (1m 24.029s).

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was back on track for Sauber following his early Monaco exit and the German was third fastest (1m 24.073s). The team tried out a new B-spec Petronas engine, which they hope to debut at the European Grand Prix at the end of June.

Felipe Massa completed over 100 laps testing tyres as he went fourth quickest in a Ferrari F2002(1m 24.075s), ahead of the Toyota of Ricardo Zonta. Toyota ran with maximum downforce to replicate the levels that will be required at the Canadian Grand Prix.

McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa set the day's sixth-best time (1m 24.426s), running in the current MP4-17. Takuma Sato completed the timesheets for BAR (1m 24.611s), though the Japanese driver did little more than 20 laps.

Williams and Toyota were also testing at Silverstone, where Ralf Schumacher (1m 22.61s) led from Cristiano da Matta (1m 24.22s), who had not driven the British circuit since 1996 during his F3000 days.

At Barcelona David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen continued development of the new MP4-18, which the team hope to debut at the European Grand Prix. And finally, at Fiorano, Rubens Barrichello put in over 100 laps as Ferrari carried out set-up and tyre work in the F2003-GA.

Testing continues on Wednesday, with Renault and Jordan expected to join the running at Silverstone. Both teams have agreed to limited testing this season in exchange for an additional practice session at each Grand Prix meeting.

All times are unofficial.