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FEBRUARY 3, 2001

Barrichello ends Ferrari's test at Barcelona by topping the timesheet

RUBENS BARRICHELLO ended Ferrari's three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, by topping the timesheet with a lap time half-a-second quicker than any other driver at the track on Saturday.

Brazilian Barrichello, who was the only Ferrari driver present at Barcelona with world champion Michael Schumacher testing in Italy at Fiorano, recorded a best lap of one minute and 18.606 seconds in clear conditions in Spain.

"I am happy with what we have achieved," said Barrichello, who on Saturday focused on tire and electronics testing and practice starts. "There is still a lot of work to do, but it is a sign we are on the right road."

Nick Heidfeld continued his impressive start with Sauber as he recorded the second quickest time of one minute and 19.156 seconds. German Heidfeld was almost two seconds quicker than team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who was sixth in the times.

Enrique Bernoldi showed his potential as the new Arrows driver finished third in the times with a best lap time of one minute and 19.569 seconds.

Brazilian Bernoldi, who was announced as a replacement for Pedro de la Rosa this week, beat Jordan's experienced racer Heinz-Harald Frentzen into fourth place while British American Racing's Olivier Panis, who had topped the times for the last two days, was fifth.

BAR's test-driver Darren Manning drove alongside Panis and the British driver was sandwiched between Benetton pair Jenson Button and Giancarlo Fisichella in the bottom-three of the times.

Times after Saturday's testing at Barcelona:

Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:18.606
Nick Heidfeld Sauber 1:19.156
Enrique Bernoldi Arrows 1:19.569
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan 1:20.089
Olivier Panis BAR 1:20.974
Kimi Raikkonen Sauber 1:21.134
Jenson Button Benetton 1:21.808
Darren Manning BAR 1:22.108
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton 1:22.551