Sato tops the charts in Spain

Takuma Sato, Bahrain GP 2004

Takuma Sato, Bahrain GP 2004 

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Takuma Sato went fastest in the first day of the Barcelona testing, lapping the track in 1m14.687s. Jarno Trulli was close behind with a best of 1m14.702s and Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was also in the picture with a 1m14.864s.

McLaren may be getting a lot of media pressure at the moment but Alexander Wurz was also not far from the pace with a lap of 1m14.935s.

Scott Dixon, back in action in the Williams, was not as quick as the first test suggested he might be with a best lap of 1m15.932s after 97 laps. It was not clear what programme the New Zealand driver was following but the team knows that Barcelona is a better place to judge a driver than Paul Ricard. Dixon needs to make a strong impression with Williams if he wants to land a drive with the team in 2005.

Dixon says that all is well and that he is learning.

There were a total of 12 drivers in action on Wednesday.

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