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Valencia day one - Wurz out in front 02 Feb 2005

Alex Wurz (AUT) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19B. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 1 February 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

McLaren’s Alexander Wurz was the fastest man in Spain on Tuesday as testing resumed at Valencia, with little over a month to go before the start of the 2005 Formula One season. Notably, Wurz was the only driver not running a 2005 car.

Wurz, who has admitted his 1.86 metre frame is somewhat of a squeeze in the first versions of McLaren’s new MP4-20 car, was at the wheel of a modified MP4-19B. After 90 laps he was the only man to dip below the 70 second barrier. Fellow McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa had a less productive day in the MP4-20, completing little over 20 laps on his way to the session’s slowest time.

Williams team mates Mark Webber and Nick Heidfeld were both on track in the newly-launched FW27, the Australian around four tenths up on the German as they finished second and third respectively. They spent the day familiarising themselves with the new car, clocking up over 170 laps between them.

Toyota were the final team present, with two of their 2005 TF105 machines. Ralf Schumacher was marginally faster then Olivier Panis. Both drivers will continue on Wednesday, with Jarno Trulli and Ricardo Zonta due to join the session later in the week.

Conditions at Valencia were sunny, but cool, with ambient temperatures peaking at around ten degrees Celsius. Testing continues on Wednesday, when Renault, Ferrari and BAR are expected to join proceedings.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Valencia:
1. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:09.384
2. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:10.538
3. Nick Heidfeld, Williams (Michelin), 1:10.903
4. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:10.936
5. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:11.060
6. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:11.729