MAY 1, 2002
Jaguar joins Valencia test
McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz set the pace in a MP4/16 interim car while also completing more laps than any other driver on the day. The Austrian was more than 1.5 seconds faster than David Coulthard in the new MP4/17.
Felipe Massa continued Sauber's testing program Wednesday. The Brazilian completed baseline aerodynamic testing as well as tire testing with Bridgestone. "I had another very good day today, with no problems at all," said Massa. "The car was running very well, and we were able to try a number of configurations including different qualifying set-ups and also a lot of tire work. We tried new tires from Bridgestone that will be available to us in Austria." Nick Heidfeld will take over testing duties for the Swiss team on Thursday.
Antonio Pizzonia, who was fastest during Tuesday's session, was third fastest on Wednesday testing for Williams. Pizzonia completed just 31 laps of the circuit, the least of any driver on the day.
Pedro De la Rosa and Eddie Irvine were in action for Jaguar. The team worked on aerodynamic setup, as well as tire testing with Michelin.
Renault drivers Jarno Trulli joined teammate Fernando Alonso on Wednesday. The team concentrated on engine and traction control testing but and engine failure ended Trulli's day before lunch.
Testing will continue at Valencia on Thursday.