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18 - 20 March News
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Nine out of the eleven teams were present today with 11 drivers setting lap times. Luca Badoer covered the most number of laps with 107 as he mainly drove the F2001 but also shook down the second F2002. Rubens Barrichello completed 87 laps in the F2002 and Pedro de la Rosa covered 76 laps in the Jaguar. Jarno Trulli only managed 28 laps after his running was limited by a misfire problem.
The top lap time has dropped by over half a second from yesterday but remains over 1.3 seconds off the lap record.
Australian Ryan Briscoe made his debut for Toyota as their test driver. He covered 55 laps with a best time of 1:24.108. Over 5 seconds off the pace of Wurz. Briscoe had a few problems but was happy overall with the test and said "I would have liked to have done a few more laps on my first real F1 test. There were a few glitches with the hydraulics and electronics, but we were testing some new things today for the next couple of races, so we expected a few teething problems. Overall though I am quite happy. The car feels good to drive and it is getting better all the time."
Testing continues tomorrow with more regular drivers joining in.
Click here for the test times from Barcelona
20-Mar: Following the incidents at the start of the first 2 Grands Prix this season, the FIA have introduced tougher penalties to be applied to drivers involved. With immediate affect, the stewards will have the power to move a driver involved in an incident 10 places back from his qualifying position for the grid at the next event.
The FIA also introduced the single engine rule with effect from January 2004. The FIA statement read "From 1 January 2004, each driver may use only one engine for the three days of a Grand Prix weekend. Each time his engine is changed during the event, the driver will move back 10 places on the grid. The FIA, in consultation with the teams, will define an engine change so as to prevent the rebuilding of an engine at the circuit. Use of its spare car counts as use of an additional engine.
Other new regulations introduced include:
- No chassis changes for 2 years (2003 and 2004)
On the safety side, the FIA will require the use of the Head and Neck Protection System (HANS) device by every driver from January 2003 provided they have confirmation from each team that no driver is disadvantaged by using this device.20-Mar: NewsOnF1.com announces a new addition to the site, "The Real Race" by the Quali-flyer. A section providing detailed analysis, commentary and graphs on all the 17 Qualifying sessions of the season. That's were team-mates battle ... That's the Real Race
Most of the Formula 1 teams are planning to test at Barcelona this week in
preparation for the Brazilian Grand Prix. On the first day of testing, it was Alexander
Wurz in the McLaren who topped the timesheets ahead of Rubens Barrichello
in the new Ferrari F2002 with Luca Badoer in third in the Ferrari F2001.
This is the first time for Barrichello in the F2002 and he appears to be on the pace immediately. Ferrari will make a decision before the weekend on which car to take to Brazil.
A number of teams are expected to join tomorrow. Jaguar will
conduct a back to back test between the R2 and R3 to decide on which car to
use at Imola.
Click here for the test times from Barcelona
19-Mar: It is a 4-way tie at the top after the second round in the 6 'n' Pole competition ... Full Results ... Register
19-Mar: Jean Todt was
disappointed at the result Ferrari achieved in Malaysia and particularly with
Barrichello's engine failure and said "Thatís rare for us. Itís a
real shame for Rubens, though, particularly as this is the second race in
which he has failed to score points."
18-Mar: After failing to
score any points in the first 2 races of the 2002 season, David Coulthard appears
to have accepted the fact that his Championship chances are slim this year. No
only that he has to beat Michael Schumacher but also both Williams drivers who
are running a car that has proven to be fast and reliable. He said "This
result is not good for my championship hopes and what adds to the difficulty
is that Williams are so strong. I'm already an outside chance for the
championship because I have got to win the next two races just to get myself
back into a normal hunt. And that is not going to be easy.
Meanwhile Ron Dennis described his newest recruit
Kimi Raikkonen as 'incredibly cool' and said "I think the thing that has
come through and in which he even surpasses Mika is that he is so incredibly
cool. He doesn't get fazed by anything. He knows what the car is doing.
Williams Chief Operations Engineer Sam Michael has indicated that they have requested clarifications from the FIA over the penalty imposed on their driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the Malaysian GP. While that won't change the result, they want to know the reasoning behind it so they can avoid it in the future. He said "I want to reserve judgement on the circumstances of the accident until I have seen the video and heard what the stewards have to say. We have our own opinions on it but are reserving judgement at the moment. Asking for clarification from them is not going to change anything for the Malaysia result but we just want to know where we stand so we don't do it again."
18-Mar: "Your thoughts on the Malaysian Grand Prix" - Topic of the week - Have Your Say