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Valencia day two - Webber leads 23 Feb 2005

Mark Webber (AUS) Williams BMW FW27. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 21 February 2005. World © McNeil/Sutton

Four teams were on track in Spain on Tuesday and it was Williams’ Mark Webber who topped the times. The Australian recorded a best lap of 1m 10.087s, a second up on Ralf Schumacher's Toyota.

Despite strong winds at Valencia, Webber completed a mammoth 154 laps in the FW27, including a full Grand Prix simulation as well as general systems checks in preparation for Melbourne. He hands over to team mate Nick Heidfeld on Wednesday for the final two days of Williams’ programme.

Michael Schumacher also carried a race-distance run for Ferrari, the world champion racking up 142 laps on his way to the third-fastest time, around four tenths down on his brother. Rubens Barrichello in a second F2004 M was fourth as he focussed on Bridgestone tyre evaluation.

Beginning their final pre-season test on Tuesday were BAR, who had Takuma Sato in action in the 007. The Japanese driver’s lap total for the day was 82, comprising aero and tyre work, and he finished bottom of the timesheets, over a second behind Barrichello. Jenson Button will take over the car on Wednesday.

McLaren were present at Valencia on Tuesday but did not run, choosing instead to allow Kimi Raikkonen to carry out a shakedown run at Silverstone. Pedro de la Rosa and Alexander Wurz are expected to resume work in Spain on Wednesday with the interim MP4-19B machine.

All the teams present will be hoping for improved conditions by then, as Tuesday’s strong winds made the collection of useful data difficult.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Valencia:
1. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:10.087
2. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:11.010
3. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:11.476
4. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:12.154
5. Takuma Sato, BAR (Michelin), 1:13.229