Wurz quickest in Valencia test

MCLAREN test-driver Alexander Wurz recorded the fastest time in a weather-affected first day of testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain on Tuesday.

Austrian Wurz beat nearest rival and team-mate Mika Hakkinen by over a second as heavy rain and thunderstorms swept across the circuit and prevented the cars from getting out in the morning.

The storm was so severe that the local airport had to be closed and all the teams at the track were forced to take cover in their garages.

Benetton were represented at the test by test-driver Mark Webber, and he was third in the times ahead of the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya, who had hoped to complete a lot of testing on traction control.

"We were back doing traction control testing," said Montoya, who was fourth in the times. "The bad weather stopped us from doing as much work as we wanted to do."

Eddie Irvine was fifth in the times in his Jaguar, fractionally ahead of former team-mate Luciano Burti, who was sixth for Prost.

New Jaguar driver Pedro de la Rosa failed to beat his predecessor Burti, but was quicker than Williams test-driver Marc Gene at the bottom of the timesheet.

VALENCIA TEST - TUESDAY, 1 MAY 2001

POS

DRIVER ENTRANT TIME

1.

ALEXANDER WURZ McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.154

2.

MIKA HAKKINEN McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.281

3.

MARK WEBBER Benetton-Renault 1:18.039

4.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA Williams-BMW 1:18.051

5.

EDDIE IRVINE Jaguar 1:18.267

6.

LUCIANO BURTI Prost-Acer 1:18.350

7.

PEDRO DE LA ROSA Jaguar 1:18.439

8.

MARC GENE Williams-BMW 1:18.542

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