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Testing update - Williams on top in Spain 10 Jul 2003

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang, Malaysia, 21 March 2003

On the second day of testing at Barcelona this week it was the Williams of Ralf Schumacher and Marc Gene that led the way. Schumacher recorded a best of 1m 17.895s after almost 100 laps of the Spanish circuit.

Gene was only half a second down on his colleague (1m 18.376s) as the team concentrated on tyre development, set-up and systems work for next weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello was the fastest Bridgestone runner, the Brazilian half a second adrift of the Williams (1m 18.818s). Both he and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen (4th, 1m 18.835s) racked up over 80 laps of Barcelona, which saw a brief periods of rain during the afternoon.

Nick Heidfeld took over driving responsibilities at Sauber and set the fifth-quickest time (1m 18.838s) as the Swiss team worked on calibrating a new C-specification of its Petronas V10 engine.

BAR had three drivers on track, with Jenson Button (6th, 1m 18.956s), Takuma Sato (7th, 1m 19.204s) and Anthony Davidson (14th, 1m 20.547s) all present to continue the team's programme of tyre evaluation, engine updates and aerodynamic development.

Cristiano da Matta was eighth fastest (1m 19.323s) for Toyota, the Japanese team continuing to concentrate on tyres with supplier Michelin, while Mark Webber commenced Jaguar's programme in tenth (1m 19.736s).

Allan McNish put in a mammoth 146 laps for Renault as the French team focussed on tyre development, working on long runs with high fuel loads. They also began validating a new aerodynamic package, which was reported to perform well.

Jordan also commenced a two-day schedule, with Ralph Firman going 11th fastest (1m 19.740s) to edge out the two McLaren test drivers Pedro de la Rosa (12th, 1m19.933s) and Alexander Wurz (13th, 1m 20.211s), both at the wheel of the new MP4-18.

Elsewhere, Ferrari tester Felipe Massa continued work in the F2003-GA at Mugello. The Brazilian driver totalled 81 laps, including a race-distance run, with a best of 1m 21.967s.

Testing continues at both Barcelona and Mugello on Thursday.

All times unofficial.