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The 1998 April-May Barcelona Test was a mid-season Formula One test taking place shortly after the 1998 San Marino Grand Prix and right before the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix hosted at the exact same circuit. The test took place over four days with all the teams with the exception of Arrows participating in the test.

Driver running orderEdit

Team Car Day 1 (Tue) Day 2 (Wed) Day 3 (Thu) Day 4 (Fri)
Williams FW20 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jacques Villeneuve
Ferrari F300 Luca Badoer Michael Schumacher / Eddie Irvine
Benetton B198 Alexander Wurz Alexander Wurz / Giancarlo Fisichella Alexander Wurz
McLaren MP4-13 Mika Häkkinen / David Coulthard
Jordan 198 Ralf Schumacher / Pedro de la Rosa Ralf Schumacher / Damon Hill Damon Hill / Juichi Wakasaki
Prost AP01 Olivier Panis Jarno Trulli
Sauber C17 Jean Alesi Jean Alesi / Jörg Müller Jean Alesi / Johnny Herbert
Arrows Did not attend
Stewart SF02 Did not attend Rubens Barrichello / Jan Magnussen Rubens Barrichello
Tyrrell 026 Toranosuke Takagi Ricardo Rosset Toranosuke Takagi Did not attend
Minardi M198 Did not attend Shinji NakanoLaurent Rédon Shinji Nakano / Esteban Tuero / Laurent Rédon

OverviewEdit

ReportEdit

Day 1Edit

The first day of the Barcelona test saw the McLaren's leading the timesheets with Mika Häkkinen setting the fastest time with a 1.22.85 ahead of teammate David Coulthard. Häkkinen completed a total of 69 laps whilst Coulthard completed 72 for McLaren. Häkkinen experienced a few slight hitches throughout the day suffering from a slight engine problem in the morning as well as a hydraulic problem in the afternoon. The two driver's would use the test as an emphasis on development for the Bridgestone tyres.

Ferrari only ran their test driver Luca Badoer on the first day of the test, Michael Schumacher was originally scheduled to drive alongside Badoer but after catching a bout of flu, Schumacher opted to sit out the first day of the test. Badoer was eighth fastest, concentrating on set-up and Goodyear tyre tests.

After his large accident in the San Marino Grand Prix, Giancarlo Fisichella opted to sit out the first day of the test and rest, this meant Alexander Wurz was the only Benetton car running on the first day. Wurz completed a total of 48 laps concentrating on set-up work.

Olivier Panis was the third fastest driver of the day in his Prost-Peugeot, Panis concentrating on tyre testing as well as assessing new aerodynamic parts to replace the now banned 'x-wing' devices on the cars. 

Jordan were the only team other than McLaren to run two cars on the first day, the team ran race driver Ralf Schumacher and test driver Pedro de la Rosa on the first day of the test. The two drivers concentrating on set-up work. 

Williams driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen completed the most mileage out of anyone on the first day, completing a total of 78 laps. Frentzen concentrated on tyre testing as well as evaluating a few minor chassis changes.

Jean Alesi was only able to complete 38 laps in his Sauber on the first day before he suffered an engine failure, putting an end to his day. Alesi had been focussing on tyre and aerodynamic development.

Toranosuke Takagi completed the least amount of mileage of the driver's, testing a new braking system for Tyrrell he was only able to complete 23 laps of the circuit.

TimesEdit

Day One, 28 AprilEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 FinlandMika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 1:22.82 69
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 1:23.32 +0.50s 72
3 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot AP01 B 1:23.60 +0.78s 43
4 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife B198 B 1:23.82 +0.97s 48
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 1:24.19 +1.34s 82
6 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome FW20 G 1:24.25 +1.43s 78
7 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C17 G 1:24.32 +1.50s 38
8 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Ferrari F300 G 1:24.62 +1.80s 71
9 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 1:25.05 +2.23s 58
10 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 026 G 1:26.12 +3.30s 23

Day Two, 29 AprilEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United Kingdom  David Coulthard United KingdomMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 1:22.84 ​unknown
2 FinlandMika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 1:22.88 +0.40s unknown
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari F300 G 1:23.26 +0.42s ​unknown
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome FW20 G 1:23.93 +1.09s 52
5 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C17 G 1:23.95 +1.11s ​unknown
6 United Kingdom Damon Hill United Kingdom Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 1:24.21 +1.37s ​87
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife B198 B 1:24.22 +1.38s ​unknown
8 Italy Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife B198 B ​1:24.24 +1.40s 37
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 1:24.37 +1.53s 90
10 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 026 G 1:24.49 +1.65s ​unknown
11 France Olivier Panis FranceProst-Peugeot AP01 B 1:24.51 +1.67s ​unknown
12 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari F300 G 1:24.71 +1.87s ​unknown
13 Germany Jörg Müller Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C17 G 1:24.77 +1.93s ​33
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C17 G 1:25.35 +2.51s 13
15 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford M198 G 1:25.87 +3.05s ​unknown
16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 026 G 1:25.90 +3.06s ​unknown
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford SF02 G 1:25.97 +3.13s ​unknown
18 Denmark Jan Magnussen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford SF02 G 1:25.99 +3.15s ​unknown
19 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Minardi-Ford M198 G 1:26.87 +4.03s ​unknown

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