JULY 19, 2000

McLaren's dominant in Silverstone test

MCLAREN duo Olivier Panis and David Coulthard continued their dominance of testing at Silverstone as they topped the times for a second consecutive day.

Test driver Panis was quickest at the Northamptonshire-circuit with a lap time of one minute and 24.272 seconds, over half-a-second quicker than world championship challenger Coulthard.

Benetton's Giancarlo Fisichella was third fastest of the day, ahead of Jordan's Jarno Trulli, whose day ended after he span and hit a barrier.

Jaguar's Luciano Burti ended the day fifth quickest ahead of Mika Salo, who was followed by British American Racing trio Patrick LeMarie, Ricardo Zonta and Darren Manning.

Scot Dario Franchitti could only go tenth quickest in his final day of testing with Jaguar. BMW-Williams' Jenson Button ended slowest of the day, almost five seconds down on Panis as he concentrated on set-up work ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

Times after Wednesday's testing at Silverstone:

Olivier Panis McLaren 1:24.272 
David Coulthard McLaren  1:24.781
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton  1:25.137 
Jarno Trulli  Jordan  1:25.582 
Luciano Burti Jaguar  1:26.228 
Mika Salo  Sauber 1:26.385 
Patrick LeMarie  BAR  1:27.366 
Ricardo Zonta  BAR  1:27.450
Darren Manning  BAR 1:27.788 
10  Dario Franchitti Jaguar 1:27.853 
11  Jenson Button  BMW-Williams  1:29.103