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Testing update - close running at Monza 05 Jun 2003

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW25 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 8 March 2003

Testing continued at various venues around Europe on Wednesday, with the biggest session taking place at Monza.

With temperatures of well over 30 degrees Celsius, Williams test drive Marc Gene again set the pace (1m 22.63s), as he focussed on set-up work for the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

BAR's Anthony Davidson was second quickest (1m 22.85s) ahead of two Ferraris; Rubens Barrichello carrying out aerodynamic work for Canada in an F2003-GA (1m 22.93s) and Felipe Massa performing a Bridgestone tyre programme in an F2002 (1m 23.28s).

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fifth (1m 23.36s) in his second day of testing for Sauber. He hands over to Nick Heidfeld on Thursday. Olivier Panis was next up for Toyota (1m 23.56s) as he tried out a new engine specification that the team plan to use in Montreal.

McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa (1m 23.61s) and the BARs of Takuma Sato (1m 23.93s) and Jacques Villeneuve (1m 24.12s) completed the Monza timesheets.

At a much cooler and overcast Silverstone circuit, Tuesday runners Williams and Toyota were joined by Jordan. Cristiano da Matta headed the times (1m 22.39s) as Toyota worked on set-up for July's British Grand Prix. Ralf Schumacher was second quickest (1m 22.49s) ahead of Ralph Firman (1m 23.59s) and Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 24.63s).

Finally, McLaren were again at work on the new MP4-18 in Barcelona, but no times were released. Testing continues on Thursday at all of the above circuits. Ferrari will also be in action at Fiorano.

All times are unofficial.