Testing update - Silverstone, Jerez 18 Jun 2003
A flurry of testing activity got underway on Tuesday as preparations continued for the forthcoming European Grand Prix. Five teams worked at Silverstone in England, with three on track at the Spanish circuit of Jerez.
Ferrari fielded three cars at Silverstone and it was Rubens Barrichello who set the fastest time of the day (1m 21.101s). Both he and Michael Schumacher (3rd, 1m 21.666s) worked on set-up of the F2003-GA, while test driver Felipe Massa (7th, 1m 22.720s) conducted a Bridgestone tyre development programme in an F2002.
Nick Heidfeld was second quickest (1m 21.569s) at the British circuit as Sauber tried some revised aerodynamic components in readiness for the forthcoming races, and evaluated tyres on behalf of Bridgestone.
Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya (1m 22.145s) set the day's fourth-best time, ahead of the BAR of Takuma Sato (1m 22.332s). Jaguar chose to use some of their limited testing time, with Antonio Pizzonia sixth fastest (1m 22.358s).
Meanwhile, in Jerez, Kimi Raikkonen led the way in the new McLaren MP4-18 (1m 19.72s), but only after the session was disrupted for an hour and a half following a heavy crash for the team's test driver, Alexander Wurz, also in an MP4-18. The Austrian was unhurt, though the car was severely damaged.
Marc Gene was second fastest for Williams (1m 20.6s), almost a second down on Raikkonen, with the Toyota of Cristiano da Matta (1m 20.9s) third, the Japanese team focusing on mechanical and aerodynamic set-up, as well as tyre testing.
McLaren's Pedro de la Rosa (1m 20.96s in an MP4-17D) and Wurz completed the Jerez timesheets. Conditions both there and at Silverstone were fine and testing continues at both circuits on Wednesday.
Toyota also began an exclusive two-day test at Paul Ricard on Tuesday, with test driver Ricardo Zonta at the wheel. Zonta continues work at the French circuit on Wednesday.
All times are unofficial.