APRIL 7, 2004

Sato tops the charts in Spain

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.