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Valencia day two - Coulthard heads Wurz 24 Mar 2006

David Coulthard (GBR) Red Bull Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, 18 March 2006

Red Bull and Williams continued testing at the Spanish circuit of Valencia on Thursday, with David Coulthard setting the pace from Alexander Wurz.

For Red Bull it was the end of their two-day session using a new RB2 chassis, with Coulthard one of the few race drivers to have made the trip back to Europe between the Malaysian and Australian Grands Prix.

Having focussed on suspension and tyres on Wednesday, Coulthard enjoyed a productive morning. However, some technical problems then brought Red Bull’s test to a slightly premature end. Nevertheless, chief test engineer Ian
Morgan described the two days as "the best test session we have had with RB2 so far."

At Williams, Wurz took over from Narain Karthikeyan for day two of their three-day programme. The Austrian ran 103 laps, compared to Coulthard’s 69, finishing just under a second behind the Scot.

“On a gusty and cloudy, but dry day, Alex initially concentrated on tyre compound choices for Melbourne and then completed the session with some systems checks in conjunction with Cosworth,” summed up Mike Condliffe, Williams’ test team manager.

Wurz will complete Williams’ Valencia test on Friday.

Unofficial Thursday times from Valencia:
1. David Coulthard, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:11.752
2. Alexander Wurz, Williams (Bridgestone), 1:12.689