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The first Barcelona test of 2003 was the first large scale test of the new year with seven out of the ten teams marking their attendance at the test session. The only teams not present at the test were Ferrari, Jordan and Minardi. Toyota, Sauber and BAR all ran their 2003 challengers at the test.

Driver Running OrderEdit

Team Car Day 1 (Mon) Day 2 (Tue) Day 3 (Wed) Day 4 (Thu) Day5(Fri)
Ferrari not attending
Williams-BMW FW24 Ralf Schumacher / Juan Pablo Montoya / Marc Gené Juan Pablo Montoya / Marc Gené / Olivier Beretta Juan Pablo Montoya / Marc Gené
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 not attending David Coulthard / Alexander Wurz David Coulthard / Kimi Räikkönen / Alexander Wurz David Coulthard / Kimi Räikkönen not attending
Renault R202 not attending Fernando Alonso / Allan McNish Fernando Alonso / Jarno Trulli
Sauber-Petronas C22 Nick Heidfeld / Heinz-Harald Frentzen not attending
C21
Jordan-Ford not attending
Jaguar-Cosworth R3 not attending Antonio Pizzonia
BAR-Honda 005 not attending Jenson Button Anthony Davidson Takuma Sato
Minardi-Cosworth not attending
Toyota TF103 not attending Oliver Panis / Christiano Da Matta not attending
TF102

OverviewEdit

Day 1Edit

The first day of the test commenced with only Williams and Sauber in attendance. Sauber would be the first team to run their 2003 challenger in a test session with Nick Heidfeld running the new C22 chassis whilst teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen would run the old C21 chassis. The team focussed on ensuring reliability and consistency of telemetry in their new car upon the car's installation day. Williams would continue to run the old FW24 chassis. The team ran three drivers, the two race drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya as well as the team's test and reserve driver Marc Gené. Schumacher, however would only complete five laps before retiring from the session due to a back injury that he had sustained which would render him unavailable for the rest of the test session.

Day 2Edit

For the second day of the Barcelona test, it was announced that the Michelin Formula One test driver, Olivier Beretta would replace Ralf Schumacher in his test duties for the Williams team. Beretta worked alongside teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gené in developing the new Williams chassis. Beretta focussing primarily on tyre development and aerodynamics due to his familiarity with the Michelin tyres.

Williams and Sauber were joined by McLaren and Toyota, both of whom commenced their testing duties for the new season. McLaren were immediately quick with David Coulthard setting the fastest time of the day with test driver Alexander Wurz close behind. Toyota would join Sauber in using their 2003 challenger, Olivier Panis driving the new TF103 chassis with teammate Cristiano da Matta driving the old TF102 chassis.

The Sauber team completed their second day of testing with the new car. Nick Heidfeld had completed two days of running in the C22 without fault, finishing his work in the new car before handing over testing duties of the C22 to Heinz-Harald Frentzen who up until that point had been driving the old chassis.

Day 3Edit

On the third day of the test, McLaren continued to lap as the fastest cars around on the circuit, this time running three cars with Kimi Räikkönen joining David Coulthard and Alexander Wurz in the test. The Sauber team were the second fastest team of the day with Heinz-Harald Frentzen getting an opportunity to drive the new C22 chassis for the first time. Teammate Nick Heidfeld competed in the old chassis, the last time the C21 chassis would be used before its retirement. The third day would conclude the Sauber team's testing programme in Barcelona.

Toyota were the next quickest team, Olivier Panis continued to lap in the TF103 chassis whilst teammate Cristiano da Matta drove around in the old TF1O2 chassis. Williams were the next fastest with Juan Pablo Montoya, Marc Gené and Olivier Beretta focussing on aerodynamic work.

The third day also saw the arrival of the BAR, Renault and Jaguar teams. BAR would also run their new 005 chassis for the first time, one day after the car's launch on the previous day. Jenson Button completed the car's first runs without issue on its first day. Renault were due to run both its race drivers Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli, yet due to illness Trulli was forced to pull out of his duties. Instead he was replaced by the team's newly signed test and reserve driver Allan McNish. Jaguar were the final team to run on the day with Mark Webber finishing the day at the bottom of the timesheets.

Day 4Edit

For the third day running, McLaren led the timesheets with David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen focussing on tyre development. Juan Pablo Montoya and Marc Gené were not far behind the McLaren's in their Williams cars. The fourth day saw the return of Jarno Trulli who was unable to participate on the previous day due to illness, both himself and Fernando Alonso continued development for Renault's new car in hybrid chassis.

Olivier Panis completed his third day of running in Toyota's TF103, teammate Cristiano da Matta continued to develop the car via its predecessor, the TF102. BAR also continued to run its new chassis for the second day running, with test driver Anthony Davidson taking over duties from race driver Jenson Button for the fourth day of the test. Jaguar also continued to run a single car with Antônio Pizzonia taking over from teammate Mark Webber for the fourth day of the test.

The fourth day of the test saw McLaren and Toyota conclude their testing programmes.

Day 5Edit

With the McLaren's completing their test programme the previous day, Renault would be the pace setters on the final day of the test. Fernando Alonso set the quickest time in an interim Renault inwhich he focussed on tyre development for the team. Teammate Jarno Trulli was second fastest inwhich he focussed on suspension development. The Williams cars were the next fastest with Marc Gené leading Juan Pablo Montoya. BAR and Jaguar finished at the bottom of the board, Antônio Pizzonia completing a second day with the Jaguar team whilst BAR's new test driver Takuma Sato had his first outing in a Formula One car since the 2002 Japanese Grand Prix, assisting in the development of the new 005 chassis throughout the day.

TimesEdit

Day 1, 13th JanuaryEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown
2 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C21 B unknown unknown unknown
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C22 B unknown unknown 60
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown 5

Day 2, 14th JanuaryEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown ​unknown
2 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown unknown
3 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
5 Monaco Olivier Beretta United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C22 B unknown unknown unknown
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C21 B unknown unknown unknown
8 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota TF103 M unknown unknown unknown
9 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota TF102 M unknown unknown unknown

Day 3, 15th JanuaryEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown
2 Austria Alexander Wurz United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown unknown
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown unknown
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C22 B unknown unknown 75
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C21 B unknown unknown unknown
6 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota TF103 M unknown unknown unknown
7 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota TF102 M unknown unknown unknown
8 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
9 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
10 Monaco Olivier Beretta United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
11 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 005 B unknown unknown unknown
12 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault R202 M unknown unknown unknown
13 United Kingdom Allan McNish France Renault R202 M unknown unknown unknown
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth R3 M unknown unknown unknown


Day 4, 16th JanuaryEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 United KingdomDavid Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 M unknown unknown unknown
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
5 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota TF103 M unknown unknown unknown
6 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota TF102 M unknown unknown unknown
7 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson United Kingdom BAR-Honda 005 B unknown unknown unknown
8 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth R3 M unknown unknown unknown
9 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault R202 M unknown unknown unknown
10 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault R202 M unknown unknown unknown

Day 5, 17th JanuaryEdit

Pos. Driver Team Car Tyres Time Gap Laps
1 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault R202 M unknown unknown
2 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault R202 M unknown unknown unknown
3 SpainMarc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW FW24 M unknown unknown unknown
5 Japan Takuma Sato United Kingdom BAR-Honda 005 B unknown unknown unknown
6 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth R3 M unknown unknown unknown

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