McLaren-Mercedes driver David Coulthard was quickest today [Wednesday], at the Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona.

DC completed 41 laps in total, despite the very wet conditions, his best a 1 minute 28.114 seconds, around 12 seconds off yesterday's fastest time posted by Franck Montagny.

The Scot spent the day continuing to work on the new MP4-19, while McLaren third driver, Alexander Wurz continued with the MP4-17D, setting the third best time.

Montagny meanwhile was second, around eight tenths off DC, with Mark Webber coming in fourth, followed by Ryan Briscoe in fifth for Toyota, and Jaguar new boy, Christian Klien sixth.

Renault development drivers Heikki Kovalainen and Jose Maria Lopez were seventh and eighth, although neither completed many laps, Kovalainen managing 8, while Lopez notched up 14.

Ricardo Zonta was the only other runner in action, the Brazilian completed 19 laps in the Toyota TF103B, his best a 1m 33.492s.

Testing continues tomorrow [Thursday].

Leading times (3 December) - Barcelona:

1. David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1m 28.114s 41 laps M
2. Franck Montagny Renault-Renault 1m 28.946s 34 laps M
3. Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 29.510s 89 laps M
4. Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 30.849s 67 laps M
5. Ryan Briscoe Toyota-Toyota 1m 31.007s 80 laps M
6. Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 32.228s 95 laps M
7. Heikki Kovalainen Renault-Renault 1m 32.467s 8 laps M
8. Jose Maria Lopez Renault-Renault 1m 32.737s 14 laps M
9. Ricardo Zonta Toyota-Toyota 1m 33.492s 19 laps M

M - denotes Michelin tyres

Weather / track conditions: Wet.

Comparative lap times:

Spanish GP 2003:

Fastest lap: Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1min 20.143secs Pole position: Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1min 17.762secs

 

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