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Barcelona day three - Wurz in charge 02 Mar 2007

Alex Wurz (AUT) Williams FW29. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Williams race driver Alexander Wurz was the quickest runner during the last day of testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday. Wurz clocked a best time of 1m 21.748s around the Spanish circuit - over eight-tenths of a second faster than Williams team mate Kazuki Nakajima.

In the team’s final day of pre-season running, last-minute set-up preparations for the Australian Grand Prix took precedence. Wurz covered 59 laps, while Nakajima completed 79 in the second FW29.

The only other team in action were Spyker, who, like Williams, have chosen to test in Spain this week rather than Bahrain. Race drivers Adrian Sutil and Christijan Albers were once again in attendance, as the Dutch team carried out set-up and tyre evaluations for the opening race in Melbourne.

Sutil set the third-fastest time after completing 88 laps in the F8-VII, with Albers in fourth. Both carried out several long runs over the day and, despite some mechanical problems after lunch, the team remain confident.

“Although we know we are lacking some pace, I think we can be very proud of the improvements we’ve made,” explained Mike Gascoyne, Spyker’s chief technical officer. “We now go to Melbourne in good shape aiming for a strong and consistent performance, so well done to all, including both our race drivers, for all their hard work over the testing period.”

With the Barcelona test complete, Spyker and Williams will return to their factories to finalise preparations for the Australian race. Test driver Markus Winkelhock is scheduled in to shakedown a third F8-VII chassis for Spyker at Silverstone on March 6.

Unofficial Thursday times from Barcelona:
1. Alexander Wurz, Williams, 1:21.748
2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:22.509
3. Adrian Sutil. Spyker, 1:22.755
4. Christijan Albers, Spyker, 1:23.186