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Tuesday testing roundup 23 Jun 2004

Alex Wurz (AUT) McLaren Test Driver. Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 1 April 2004. World © Moy/Sutton

McLaren add development distance to the MP4-19B

McLaren and Toyota in action at Jerez, while Ferrari run solo at Barcelona, as preparations get underway for French Grand Prix.

McLaren resumed testing of their heavily revised MP4-19B car on Tuesday, with Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa at the wheel at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.

Wurz set the day’s quickest time in the modified car, which could make its track debut at the next round of the season in France. The Austrian put in 52 laps with a best time of 1m 18.808s. De la Rosa was just two hundredths of a second slower after 37 laps.

McLaren were joined at Jerez by Toyota, who had test driver Ricardo Zonta at the wheel of the TF104. The Brazilian finished just over a second down on the McLarens after 77 laps. Testing continues at Jerez on Wednesday, with Williams expected to join the session.

Elsewhere, Ferrari’s Luca Badoer had the Barcelona circuit to himself. The Italian tester, at the wheel of the F2004, undertook a programme centred on tyre testing and car development, but some engine problems limited his running to just 27 laps, with a best time of 1m 18.557s.

Conditions at the Circuit de Catalunya were fine and dry, with air temperatures of up to 29 degrees Celsius and track temperature peaking at 37 degrees. Testing continues on Wednesday, with Badoer again at work for Ferrari, and Jaguar, Renault and Sauber all expected to join the session, running two cars each.