MAY 29, 2002
More bad weather for testing at Silverstone
THE weather remained poor for the second day of testing at Silverstone, where Rubens Barrichello set the pace, ahead of McLaren drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard.
The 18 drivers testing Wednesday saw periods of rain and even hail throughout the day, preventing most from putting together a useful test program. There was, however some dry running, making Wednesday's fastest lap times about ten seconds faster than Tuesday's.
Eddie Irvine ran in the morning for Jaguar and was fourth fastest on the day. Pedro De la Rosa took over for his teammate in the afternoon, but was only able to complete six laps. James Courtney tested a second R3 for Jaguar Wednesday as well.
Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya tested for the second day in a row Wednesday for Williams-BMW. Schumacher completed 55 laps, while Montoya was only able to complete 16.
Jenson Button increased Renault's testing efforts Wednesday, joining Jarno Trulli, who was also behind the wheel Tuesday. The duo was 6th and 7th fastest on the day.
Jacques Villeneuve and Patrick Lemarie took over testing for BAR from Anthony Davidson, who worked Tuesday, and Arrows joined the test with Enrique Bernoldi.
Takuma Sato joined teammate Giancarlo Fisichella behind the wheel for Jordan Wednesday. Fisichella was fastest at Silverstone Tuesday, but was only 13th quickest Wednesday.
Felipe Massa continued Sauber's preparations for Montreal Wednesday, concentrating on set-up for the Canadian circuit. Nick Heidfeld will take over Thursday to complete a tire program with Bridgestone.
Toyota had a difficult day with both Allan McNish and Mika Salo testing. Salo was unable to drive in the morning, as the team fixed the car Stephane Sarrazin crashed Tuesday, and McNish was delayed by a transmission problem. The team only completed 37 laps between the two drivers, admittedly getting very little useful data from the day.
The test will conclude on Thursday, and the teams will prepare to ship their equipment to Canada.
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