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24-Jan: McLaren continued testing at Barcelona today with Alexander Wurz driving the MP4-16B while Kimi Raikkonen drove the new car. They were the only team at the track as Sauber concluded their testing prior to their official launch tomorrow.
Wurz completed the most number of laps with 76 while Raikkonen managed 68.
McLaren continue testing tomorrow with Jaguar expected to join in and test their modified front wing. 
Weather conditions were damp in the morning drying out in the afternoon.

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The Jordan team concluded their first test of the EJ12 at Silverstone today. Under mainly damp conditions, Giancarlo Fisichella set the fastest time of the day as he covered 24 laps in the EJ12 while Takuma Sato covered 49 laps in the old car.
Fisichella's running was interrupted by a gearbox problem at the start of the session.
Jordan moves to Barcelona to continue their testing on the new EJ12 next week.

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Toyota concluded a 3 day test session at the Paul Ricard track in France. Allan McNish drove for the team on all 3 days. The test was run under mainly wet conditions but the team did get an opportunity to test in the dry. Allan McNish said "I have been pleased with this test from two sides. Firstly we have made some progress with the car, focusing again on aerodynamics and electronics. Secondly I was happy that I did some consistent running in both wet and dry conditions - the first time I have had that with the new car."
No times were available from the test. Toyota continue testing at Barcelona next week.

At Misano, Minardi concluded a 2 day test session with Mark Webber and Alex Yoong. The test concentrated on testing new brake and rear suspension components. Mark Webber tested on both days covering a total of 74 laps and setting a best time of 1:15.452 while Alex Yoong was only available on the second day and covered 36 laps with a best time of 1:16.242.

23-Jan: David Coulthard set the fastest at Barcelona in the hybrid car as Kimi Raikkonen took over testing of the new MP4-17. Felipe Massa took over testing the C21 from Nick Heidfeld.
Coulthard lapped almost 2 seconds quicker than Raikkonen while Massa was just a fraction slower than Raikkonen showing further signs that the new Sauber C21 is very competitive.
Coulthard covered the most number of laps with 86 followed by Raikkonen with 58 and Massa with 51.

Felipe Massa's initial comments on the C21 were "After this first test I am full of enthusiasm for the SAUBER PETRONAS C21. It has more grip and is more stable than the C20, which in turn makes me more confident at the wheel. The Petronas 02A engine is powerful and well integrated, and we have a very competitive package."
Sauber conclude their testing at Barcelona and prepare for the C21 launch on the 25th.

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At Silverstone, Takuma Sato had his first long run in the EJ12 at Silverstone under wet and cold conditions. He set a time that was marginally faster than that of his team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella. Sato covered 36 laps while Fisichella covered 14. The test was cut short due to worsening weather conditions in the afternoon. Testing continues tomorrow.

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At Fiorano, Luca Badoer tested experimental components on the Ferrari F2001. He tested on dry and artificially wet conditions setting a best time of 1:06.684 and covering a total of 44 laps.

22-Jan: Alexander Wurz has broken the lap record at the Barcelona track on grooved tyres by setting a time of 1:18.194 in the hybrid McLaren. David Coulthard in the 2002 McLaren was a full second slower while Nick Heidfeld was under a tenth slower than Coulthard.
Alexander Wurz also covered the most number of laps with 99 followed by Coulthard with 63 and Heidfeld with 54.
With just 3 cars on the track, there were few interruptions to the session with Wurz stopping on the track and Coulthard slowing down.

The lap times set by the new Sauber are impressive and Nick Heidfeld approves of the new car and said "I can tell that it is an improvement on the C20 even at this early stage, and that it is going to be a good car."

Tomorrow, Kimi Raikkonen takes over the testing of the 2002 McLaren while Coulthard tests in the hybrid. Felipe Massa gets his first taste of the new Sauber.

Meanwhile Jaguar have commented on the reason for delaying their scheduled test at Barcelona. A spokesperson for the team said "We decided to postpone our planned Barcelona test this week in an effort to better understand the problem we are experiencing on the front wing section of the Jaguar R3. Instead, we are conducting a straight-line programme with last year's R2 and this year's R3."
The spokesperson also indicated that they are not undertaking 'dramatic' changes to the front wing and since the car will have several new additions before the first Grand Prix of 2002, the spokesperson asked people not to jump to conclusions on the competitiveness of the R3 until the car is fully prepared.
Jaguar are now expected to join the test session at Barcelona on Friday the 25th.

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At Silverstone, Giancarlo Fisichella covered a few laps in the EJ12 for the first time after Takuma Sato shook down the car yesterday. Fisichella covered 17 laps in the new car and 24 in the old. He set a best time of 1:25.090 which is over 3 seconds slower than the best time set at Silverstone last year, however given the cold weather conditions and being car's real first run, Jordan have reason to be happy. Fisichella commented on his first taste of the EJ12 by saying "Driving the EJ12 today went fairly well, although I didnít do very many timed laps. It looks really good on high-speed corners and Iím excited about having some more time in the car over the next two days."

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21-Jan: David Coulthard in the new McLaren MP4-17 set the fastest time at the Barcelona track today ahead of Nick Heidfeld in the new Sauber C21 and Alexander Wurz in a hybrid McLaren. 
Only McLaren and Sauber were at the track and 3 drivers set lap times.
The times set between the 3 drivers were very close with under 0.3 seconds separating them. Their pace though is around a second off that of Giancarlo Fisichella in the hybrid Jordan set just over a week ago. Coulthard covered the most number of laps with 60 followed by Heidfeld with 52 and Wurz with 38.
During the session David Coulthard stopped on the track with a technical problem.
The Sauber C21 ran with neutral livery with the car launch scheduled on the 25th of January.

The session was run under dry conditions with an air temperature of 17 degrees.
Jaguar were expected to start testing today however they appear to have delayed their start by a few days. Testing continues tomorrow.

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At Valencia, Ferrari concluded their testing today with Rubens Barrichello returning to the track after his high speed crash on Saturday. He managed to set the fastest time of the day ahead of his team-mate Michael Schumacher. 
Barrichello also covered the most number of laps with 99 while Schumacher covered 88. 

The session was run under dry conditions with an air temperature of 19 degrees.

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And at Silverstone, the Jordan team successfully completed the first shakedown of the EJ12 on the South Circuit. Japanese driver Takuma Sato was at the wheel.
The team were happy with the shakedown and will commence a 3 day test at Silverstone starting tomorrow.
The EJ12 ran with neutral livery and the team have yet to announce their official launch date.

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