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BAR complete Barcelona solo session 16 Sep 2005

Jenson Button (GBR) BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, 3 September 2005

BAR wrapped up their three-day test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday, with Jenson Button, Takuma Sato and Adam Carroll at the wheel.

Button and Sato completed another 245 laps between them in the current 007 car, with respective bests of 1m 14.360s and 1m 14.650s. Young driver member Carroll put in 56 laps in the team’s 2006 development chassis, his quickest lap a 1m 17.410.

Over the course of the test BAR evaluated aerodynamic development parts and tyres for the forthcoming races and ran the latest specification of Honda’s V10 engine, due for introduction at Suzuka next month. The team also took the opportunity to try out 2006 electronic systems in the development car.

"We have made the most of the excellent testing conditions here in Barcelona to prepare for the final three races this year,” said chief test engineer, Mark Ellis. “We have been extremely encouraged by the results this week for both chassis and engine developments.”

Button and Sato will now enjoy some training and relaxation time before heading to Brazil for round 17 of the championship and both seemed happy with the week’s progress.

"It's been an intensive couple of days in Barcelona this week,” said Button. “We completed a lot of laps and have done some good work in preparation for the last three races. I've mainly focused on aero evaluations and we've also been running the latest Honda engine. Results from the test have been positive and we are looking forward to Brazil."

"I worked mainly on tyres and some aerodynamic evaluations,” added Sato. “Both programmes worked really well and we found some positive results. We are now back to higher downforce aero for the last three races and Barcelona has been a good track to assess our development parts. The weather was a little bit damp in early testing but mostly it has been good and consistent. Overall I feel positive about the results of this test."

With three races to go, BAR lie sixth in the constructors’ championship standings, four points ahead of closest rivals Red Bull Racing.