Ferrari duo complete Mugello test

Ferrari duo Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher stepped-up its preparations for 2000 with pre-season testing at Mugello

Ferrari duo complete Mugello test

The Brazilian was the first to go out - in the F399 - to familiarise himself with a circuit he last drove on eight years ago.

Despite the rain, the ex-Stewart driver was pleased with his performance, completing 41 laps with a fastest time of 1.35.683s.

He said: "The last time I drove on this track was eight years ago in a F3000 car.

"I reckon this first learning day was useful, but it was a shame it was raining.

"I am happy with what I did today in the F399 and I cannot wait to drive this track in the new F1-2000."

Meanwhile, Schumacher drove the F1-2000 for the first time in the wet during Wednesday's test.

"The car's handling is good, even in the wet," said the German.

"As far as I'm concerned, this season has got off to a far better start than last year, because as this time last year we had a problem setting the car up in the wet.

"I think that now our biggest problems are behind us. There are bound to be a few little niggles, but there is time enough to sort them out.

"My neck is not hurting anymore and stiffness has gone."

The German recorded 35 laps, with a quick time of 1.32.435s.

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