Gene's dominance continues in Barcelona

MARK GENE claimed a hat-trick of top times as he continued the Williams team's impressive form to top the times at the Spanish Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday.

Gene, working on traction control and tire testing for suppliers Michelin was not challenged by Benetton, the only other team at the circuit, as he put in 72 laps around the Barcelona track.

"Today was another good day with us completing the scheduled mileage," Gene said. "We did work for Michelin and continued with traction and launch control testing. It was very hot again and we had no reliability problems, which is important.

"Tomorrow we are planning to do wet track testing for Michelin and are hoping the forecast that we will have rain comes true, as in these conditions I am sure any water sprayed on the track will dry too quickly."

Benetton test driver Mark Webber was second quickest behind Gene as he continued his Michelin tire testing in last year's B200.

Briton Jenson Button completed just 15 laps in Benetton's B201 as his British Grand Prix preparations were cut short by an engine problem as he ended more than a second down on Gene.

BARCELONA TEST - THURSDAY, 5 JULY 2001

POS

DRIVER ENTRANT TIME

1.

MARC GENE Williams-BMW 1:21.382

2.

MARK WEBBER Benetton-Renault 1:21.804

3.

JENSON BUTTON Benetton-Renault 1:22.411

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