Coulthard Sets Blistering Pace at Valencia - Day Three

Scot David Coulthard stormed to the top of the timesheets on the penultimate day of testing at the Valencia circuit.

Coulthard Sets Blistering Pace at Valencia - Day Three

Scot David Coulthard stormed to the top of the timesheets on the penultimate day of testing at the Valencia circuit.

The Red Bull driver, with a best time of 1:09.175, finished less than two tenths of a second off the track record, held by former teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Coulthard, whose team also worked with Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi, finished ahead of Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, who wrapped up the Williams team's programme for the week.

Pizzonia worked alongside ETCC champion Andy Priaulx, who made his Formula One debut with Williams driving the second BMW-powered FW26. The Briton completed a total of 64 laps as he acclimatised to the demands of a Formula One car and put on a respectable performance despite finishing at the bottom of the times.

"First of all, I want to thank BMW and Williams for giving me this unique opportunity," said Priaulx. "It was the first time for me behind the wheel of a current Formula One car and it was a great experience, and completely different in every respect to anything I have done in the past.

"In the weeks before the test, I did special exercises under the guidance of a physiotherapist in order to prepare my neck muscles. It was worth every effort, as my neck hasn't hurt at all. A few weeks ago, I also arranged a test with my former Formula Three team to refresh my left-foot-braking, I'm pleased I did!

"I'd like to have achieved a better lap time, but, just as I went out on fresh tyres, testing was interrupted due to an incident by someone else on the track."

Spaniard Fernando Alonso was fourth quickest as he completed his programme with Renault's new R25 car, which will be officially launched next Tuesday. Alonso covered 87 laps and, despite two mechanical problems in the afternoon, he was the quickest of the drivers in 2005-spec cars.

Italian Jarno Trulli joined the test and drove the new Toyota TF105 alongside Olivier Panis. Trulli, fifth fastest, was the busiest man on track with 111 laps despite an engine failure during the session.

Japanese driver Takuma Sato had similar problems as the BAR team saw yet another Honda engine blowing up at Valencia. Sato, like teammate Jenson Button, drove the new 007 car.

Testing at Valencia ends tomorrow.

Today's times:

Pos Driver Team-Engine Tyres Time Laps 1. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:09.175 99 2. Pizzonia Williams-BMW (M) 1:09.447 97 3. Liuzzi Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:10.224 100 4. Alonso Renault (M) 1:10.398 87 5. Trulli Toyota (M) 1:10.597 111 6. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:11.140 83 7. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:11.282 91 8. Panis Toyota (M) 1:11.460 85 9. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:11.557 68 10. Priaulx Williams-BMW (M) 1:12.790 64 All Timing Unofficial

Visit Atlas F1's Testing Center for further information

shares
comments
Panis: TF105 has potential

Previous article

Panis: TF105 has potential

Next article

Pizzonia makes his case

Pizzonia makes his case
Load comments
The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team Plus

The final throes of Brazil's fleetingly successful F1 team

Emerson Fittipaldi is better remembered for his Formula 1 world championships and Indianapolis 500 successes than for the spell running his eponymous F1 team. Despite a hugely talented roll call of staff, it was a period of internal strife, limited funding and few results - as remembered by Autosport's technical consultant

Formula 1
Oct 18, 2021
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

Formula 1
Oct 17, 2021
How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021