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Barcelona day two - Williams one-two 20 Jan 2005

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams BMW FW26. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 18 January 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld put Williams on top of the timesheets in Barcelona on Wednesday as testing continued at the newly-resurfaced Circuit de Catalunya.

The Williams duo’s pace came despite a technical difficulty with the suspension on the FW26C cutting short their programme, with Webber completing 35 laps and Heidfeld 34. The team hope to have the problem solved in time to resume running on Thursday, when Antonio Pizzonia will take over from Webber.

Wednesday leader Michael Schumacher was third fastest in the Ferrari F2004. The world champion clocked up 126 laps as he continued the team’s programme, concentrating on new components, electronic solutions and tyre development. Rubens Barrichello joins the test on Thursday.

Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were again in action in the new Toyota TF105, though the pair enjoyed mixed fortunes. Trulli managed over 80 laps and was fourth fastest, but his German team mate completed just 22 and finished over two seconds adrift of the Italian at the bottom of the timesheets.

For the second day of their Barcelona programme, Red Bull Racing had all three of their drivers on track and there was little to separate them in the times. Vitantonio Liuzzi was fastest in fifth spot, immediately followed by David Coulthard and Christian Klien.

Conditions at the circuit were again fine and sunny, with a track temperature high of 17 degrees Celsius. Testing continues on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Barcelona:
1. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.631
2. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.978
3. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.027
4. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.657
5. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:18.028
6. David Coulthard, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:18.197
7. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:18.331
8. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:20.430