Barrichello on form in morning test

Rubens Barrichello was fastest of all in the morning of the first day of the Barcelona F1 test. The Brazilian put in the strong test performance on the back of securing pole for, and then leading, the British Grand Prix

Barrichello on form in morning test

Michael Schumacher was second quickest, the World Championship leader a mere 0.021 slower than his team mate. British Grand Prix winner David Coulthard was fourth overall.

Third was the Jaguar of Eddie Irvine, his R1 revelling in the warm conditions, despite being half a second behind Schumacher. Irvine put in 36 laps, a similar amount to most of the drivers, suggesting reliability for the Jaguar squad may be improving - though Barrichello and Coulthard actually managed 50 and 60 laps respectively.

Jos Verstappen once again figured for Arrows, the promising testing pace of Tom Walkinshaw's outfit showing no signs of abating. The Dutchman ran 40 laps, with a fastest of 1m22.868 - just over a second slower than Barrichello.

Last in the morning times was BAR tester Patrick Lemarie, who only set 4 laps, with a best of 1m25.484.

Morning times: Barcelona

1 Barrichello 1m21.802
2 M Schumacher 1m21.823
3 Irvine 1m22.493
4 Coulthard 1m22.498
5 Verstappen 1m22.868
6 Fisichella 1m22.894
7 Trulli 1m23.304
8 Frentzen 1m23.389
9 Heidfeld 1m23.484
10 Alesi 1m23.510
11 Wurz 1m23.695
12 Panis 1m23.795
13 Diniz 1m23.839
14 Button 1m23.894
15 Gene 1m24.762
16 Lemarie 1m25.484

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