Valencia day 2: McLaren beats Ferrari

McLaren test driver Alex Wurz has set the fastest time on the second day of testing at the Valencia circuit in Spain, lapping over half a second quicker than reigning world champion Michael Schumacher

Valencia day 2: McLaren beats Ferrari

McLaren and Ferrari set the four fastest times of the test, with their 2002 cars outpacing all of the 2003 machines present in Spain. However, windy conditions meant that teams were unable to carry out much set-up work.

For the second day running, Jordan won the battle to be the fastest 2003 car at the test, setting the fifth fastest time overall. The team's director of race engineering, Gary Anderson, said: "Today we did a lot of laps and we're just carrying on with set-up work. We had no problems."

One team that did hit trouble today was BAR-Honda. Jacques Villeneuve's running was limited by a series of technical problems, but Jenson Button was only able to complete 25 laps after his engine developed trouble, which ended with a massive blow-up.

"As you can see, I had an engine problem and I couldn't really do anything today," said Button. "Now I've got to do all that I had to do today tomorrow."

Another team to his problems with their 2003 car was Sauber. Although their car ran reliably, the team struggled to find speed, testing a series of new aerodynamic parts through the day.

"The car seems to be very reliable," said Nick Heidfeld. "We have done so many laps and I'm happy about that. We seem to have some aerodynamic problems - we cannot go faster than last year's car. I don't think we can find out too much here since it's not really an aerodynamic circuit like Barcelona."

Minardi driver Justin Wilson completed 49 laps in the team's 2001 specification, European V10 powered car running on Avon F3000 tyres, although his best lap was seven seconds off the pace. However, Bridgestone's tyre engineers were very impressed with how well Avon's F3000 tyre coped with being run on an F1 car.

Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes M 1m11.095s 75
Michael Schumacher Ferrari B 1m11.613s 85
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 1m11.635s 52
Rubens Barrichello Ferrari B 1m11.741s 109
Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford B 1m12.251s 63*
Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda B 1m12.260s 58*
Olivier Panis Toyota M 1m12.382s 47*
Mark Webber Jaguar M 1m12.556s 44*
Heniz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas B 1m12.855s 81*
Jenson Button BAR-Honda B 1m12.932s 25*
Cristiano da Matta Toyota M 1m.13.116s 77*
Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas B 1m13.134s 59*
Justin Wilson Minardi-European A 1m17.192s 49

A = Avon!
B = Bridgestone
M = Michelin

* denotes 2003 car

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