Jerez day two - Gene betters McLaren, BAR 10 Mar 2005
Testing continued in Spain on Wednesday, with BAR and McLaren joining sole Tuesday runners Ferrari at the Jerez circuit. The world champions still set the pace, with Marc Gene topping the times.
Gene, at the wheel of the interim F2004 M machine,put in 115 laps as he bettered his Tuesday benchmark by over 2.5 seconds. He concentrated on Bridgestone tyre development in preparation for the forthcoming Malaysian Grand Prix. The Spaniard will be joined by Luca Badoer in an F2005 on Thursday.
McLaren began their planned three-day programme with Austrian Alexander Wurz in an MP4-19B, the teams latest MP4-20 machines being shipped directly from Australia to Malaysia. An engine problem brought an end to Wurzs day after 89 laps, leaving him a tenth of a second shy of Gene.
BAR had test drivers Anthony Davidson and Enrique Bernoldi in action as they began three days of work. Davidson concentrated an aerodynamic programme in the 007, while Bernoldi conducted a Michelin tyre programme in an older spec car, racking up over 120 laps. Neither challenged the times of Gene or Wurz.
Testing continues at Jerez on Thursday, when Williams, Renault and Toyota are all expected to join the session.
Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:17.045
2. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.158
3. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.602
4. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:19.218