F1 testing resumed today [Tuesday] following the United States Grand Prix, and West McLaren-Mercedes driver Alexander Wurz set the pace at the Barcelona circuit, Spain.

The Austrian F1 test driver completed nearly 90 odd laps at the Circuit de Catalunya on a day when the weather was dry and sunny throughout.

Wurz's best lap was a 1 minute 18.287 seconds, over a second up on the next best time set by BAR tester Anthony Davidson.

Darren Turner was also in action for McLaren, although he only completed 22 laps and was just under two seconds slower than Wurz.

The only other two drivers at the track were the Toyota's driven by Stephane Sarrazin and Ryan Briscoe.

Sarrazin was the faster of the two Toyota test drivers, completing 58 laps and posting a 1 minute 20.784 seconds, in the TF102B - the team's intermediary car, which incorporates next season's RVX-03 engine and a new seven-speed gearbox.

"I am very happy with the work we have done today," commented Sarrazin. "Our objective was to continue to put more mileage under our belt with the TF102B and to try various aerodynamic elements. We went through our programme without any problems and the car felt good to drive. This is a promising start to our three-day test and we will continue working in the same direction tomorrow."

Team-mate Briscoe meanwhile completed 55 laps in the standard TF102 while working on 'a data acquisition programme.' His best was a 1 minute 22.008 seconds.

Testing continues again tomorrow [Wednesday], when BMW WilliamsF1 are expected to join proceedings.

Leading times (1 October) - Barcelona:

1. Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 18.287s 89 laps**
2. Anthony Davidson BAR-Honda 1m 19.775s 72 laps*
3. Darren Turner McLaren-Mercedes 1m 19.958s 22 laps**
4. Stephane Sarrazin Toyota 1m 20.784s 58 laps**
5. Ryan Briscoe Toyota 1m 22.008s 55 laps**

Key:
* - Bridgestone tyres
** - Michelin tyres

Weather / Track conditions: Generally sunny and dry at all times, partly cloudy.

 

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