JANUARY 8, 2002
Coulthard quickest on second day at Barcelona
DAVID COULTHARD set the fastest time for the McLaren-Mercedes squad on the second day of the Barcelona F1 test which was spoiled by heavy rain during the morning, although conditions dried out progressively throughout the afternoon.
Coulthard spent most of the time familiarizing himself with the Michelin tires fitted to the 2001 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/16B which he was driving. He completed 60 laps for a best time of 1m 20.826s, 0.4sec ahead of Ralf Schumacher in the development Williams-BMW.
Pedro de la Rosa was third fastest in the Jaguar R2 ahead of Anthony Davidson in the BAR-Honda, Allan McNish in the Toyota TF102 and Kimi Raikkonen who was having his first outing for McLaren. Raikkonen lost time during the morning with a fuel pump problem and then had another minor technical glitch before getting out onto the circuit in the afternoon, setting a 1m 28.553s best.
That put him just ahead of the Ferrari test drivers Luca Badoer and Luciano Burti who sandwiched Juan Montoya's Williams in seventh and ninth places. Commented Burti at the end of his first day's employment as a Ferrari tester; "I was happy with the way testing went. My aim for today was to get to grips with the car and get some miles after my belt. It was a great feeling driving again after what happened last year and it is fantastic to be part of a team like Ferrari, driving a World Championship winning car."
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