Paul Ricard day 2: Rain hampers test

McLaren test driver Alex Wurz set the fastest time in testing at the Paul Ricard circuit today (Wednesday), but heavy rain curtailed the running of all present, meaning that few drivers set totally representative lap-times

Paul Ricard day 2: Rain hampers test

The French circuit experienced torrential rain akin to that seen shortly before the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as a result of which many of the teams and drivers present elected not to do much running, save for a limited amount of wet tyre development.

Marc Gene was the busiest driver at the circuit, the Williams tester completing 38 laps and setting the second fastest time in the process. By contrast, Toyota's Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta only completed five laps each, with the Brazilian not event completing a full timed lap.

Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes M 1m27.571s 14
Marc Gene Williams-BMW M 1m27.653s 38
Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes M 1m29.539s 30
Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW M 1m30.127s 16
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 1m31.315s 7
Olivier Panis Toyota M 1m42.117s 5
Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda B 1m44.102s 18
Ricardo Zonta Toyota M no time 5

Ferrari continued running the F2003-GA at Mugello today, with both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in action for the team. The Brazilian was the faster of the two, lapping in 1m21.210s having completed 63 tours of the circuit. Schumacher's best time during his 50 laps of running was a 1m21.287s.

Nick Heidfeld was in action for Sauber at the team's private test at Monza. He completed 81 laps, setting a best time of 1m23.373s.

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